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November 28, 2011


Project: Renewal


Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, this is a special edition of the Construction Look Ahead which covers construction work from today, Monday, November 28th through Friday, December 2nd. The regular 10-Day Look Ahead will resume on Friday.

10 Day Look Ahead: Renewal Project Construction Activities

The Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project, which will expand Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, rebuild Stanford Hospital, modernize Hoover Pavilion, and replace School of Medicine laboratories, is underway. Below is a summary of the Renewal Project's anticipated construction activities, hours of activity, and any affected lane or road closures over the next 10 days. Please click here to subscribe to our 10 day look aheads, which will be emailed every Friday and archived on the Renewal Project website.


Please note that that the scope of work and dates related are subject to change without notice. 

Welch Road Utility Project 

August 2011-September 2013 


One of the first steps in the effort to expand Packard Children's Hospital and rebuild Stanford Hospital includes utility work and surface improvements. The Welch Road Utility Project includes: replacing utility services and information technology infrastructure along Welch and Quarry Roads to serve the new hospital facilities once they are built; the widening of Welch Road; replacement of sidewalks, curbs and gutters; planting of new street trees and installation of planted medians and street lighting.


Note: Access to the Emergency Room will be maintained at all times. 


This week's activities: 

Motorists: please be mindful of sharing the road with bicyclists. Cyclists who choose not to share the road and use the sidewalks must walk their bicycles.

Pedestrians must use the new designated crosswalks on Welch Road. Jaywalking is illegal and especially unsafe in active construction areas. Maps with new pedestrian crosswalks are available at Thank you!


Weekday work (11/28-12/2): Hours of Construction Activity: 7am - 3.30 pm

Welch Rd is now a one-lane, one-way road going West from Quarry to Pasteur Drive. This change will be in effect for two years. We thank you for your patience regarding this significant change and ask that you please adjust your driving route accordingly. South Pasteur Drive is now a two-way two-lane road. North Pasteur Drive is closed between Blake Wilbur Drive and Sand Hill Road.

Staff parking is still available in PS-4 but all vehicles will need to enter and exit PS-4 via South Pasteur Drive. Stanford Hospital & Clinics Visitor parking will be maintained at PS-3 and at the Valet lots. For a complete list of parking facilities near the medical center, click here.

K-Rail will remain in place on the inboard side of Quarry Rd (between Welch and continuing up to the Quarry Extension near the turn to the Emergency Department) in order to facilitate ongoing utility work. This reduces Quarry to a two lane, two direction road during this time. Access will be maintained to the Emergency Department at all times.

Trenching work will continue. New water line installation work will continue along Quarry Rd along with continued survey, staking work and preparatory utility-related work along Quarry and Welch Roads. Installation of a new chilled water main will also occur on Welch Road (between North and South Pasteur Drive), working towards Quarry Road. 

Trees removal may continue at the Blake Wilbur lot. Hardscape demolition of the site is scheduled to occur 12/2.

Please be cautious of construction trucks entering the road. Access to the Emergency Room will be maintained at all times.


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Expansion (Make-Ready Site)

August 2011-October 2012


The Packard Children's Hospital expansion site prep (known as the 'Make-Ready' site) includes the demolition of 701 & 703 Welch and the construction of a shoring wall and utility tunnel in preparation for the Packard Children's expansion.


This week's activities:

Weekday work (11/28-12/2): Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3.30 pm

Utility work will continue near the day hospital and the Bass Center. This work includes connecting utilities (bypass piping) from the existing tunnel at the hospital. Some noise-producing activity will occur during this effort.  Work is scheduled to be completed around 12/1.

Work will continue to create a temporary bypass near the Packard Children's operating rooms. Drilling into the exterior hospital wall is complete and additional work will continue to finish the bypass. Work is scheduled to be completed in early December.

Work will continue on the Falk ramp. Trees between the Falk Building and the hospitals have been removed. Any cherry trees that had to be removed for construction purposes will be replaced.


Construction of the egress bridge located off the Day Hospital and Radiology began today.  Work includes the demolition of the sidewalk and retaining wall, the installation of new utilities and a bridge.   


Hoover Pavilion Modernization 

August 2011-July 2013


Construction is underway to modernize and restore Hoover Pavilion, the original Palo Alto Hospital, in order to accommodate modern medicine and create a cohesive expansion to the Medical Center campus.


This week's activities:

Weekday work (11/28-12/2): Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3.30 pm

Demolition work will continue and will be completed this week. Interior layout for tenant improvement work will also continue. A crane will be on site this Thursday, 12/1 to place debris boxes on the roof for roofing debris removal.  The crane will be located on the Palo Rd/Quarry Rd side of the Pavilion.

Three trees will be transported from the Hoover site to the storage yard this week.  There will be a short (5 minute) impact to traffic on Palo Rd. when the trees are transported from the Hoover site to the storage yard.

To enable the construction of the new temporary facility for the Stanford Arboretum Childcare Center, notices have been posted on impacted parking stalls in the surface lot on Stock Farm/Campus Drive. Various parking spots on the surface lot will be affected during the course of this project (the temporary facility is anticipated to be occupied until August 2013). 

General Reminders


Reminder: The AC Transit U Line stops have been removed from Welch Road and Campus Drive due to the traffic pattern changes on Welch. The U Line stops will remain on Quarry (one stop at Palo Road and one near Crate & Barrel), on Roth near Lorry Lokey Labs (across from Parking Structure 1) and at the Campus Oval. No schedule changes will occur. For more information on the U Line, call (650)724-9339 or email 


You can find the most up to date information on the Renewal Project website at

You can also sign up for project email notices on the website. For additional information regarding site work, email the Renewal Project at or call the 24-hour Construction Hotline: (650) 701-SUMC (7862).