Project Renewal
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List
Find out more

Find us on:
Find us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter    View our videos on YouTube

December 23, 2011


This is an extended holiday edition of the 10-day look ahead. All scheduled activities from Friday, December 23, 2011 through Friday, January 6, 2012 are reflected below. There is no planned weekend work on any Renewal related job sites during this time. In addition, Monday, December 26, 2011 and Monday, January 2, 2012 are recognized holidays for our contractors. There will be no construction work performed on these days.

The 24- hour construction hotline will remain operational at all times. Please dial (650) 701-SUMC (7862) if you have any construction-related inquiries.

Happy and safe holiday wishes to you and yours!

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.

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


Traffic Flow: Thank you for your patience with the recent traffic pattern changes around campus. In order to further alleviate traffic congestion in the Welch Corridor, two new changes are being implemented: The North Pasteur 'dog leg' will be open from 2 pm-6 pm Monday-Friday in order to relieve traffic congestion on Welch Road. In addition, the intersection at Pasteur and Welch will be signalized in the coming weeks. This change will help monitor cars at each intersection and time the lights in real time to allow traffic to move freely. This change should reduce the need for a traffic control officer at the intersection except during peak traffic hours.

Recommended Driving Routes: During 2 pm-6 pm, when the dog leg is open, we recommend the following routes to increase traffic flow on Welch and Pasteur: northbound Sand Hill Road traffic should use Oak; southbound Sand Hill Road traffic should use Pasteur. Dynamic message boards will be added at these intersections to help inform recommended traffic flow. 


This week's activities: 


Weekday work (12/27/11-12/30/11 and 1/3/12 -1/06/12)
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. South Pasteur Drive is now a two-way two-lane road. North Pasteur Drive is closed between Blake Wilbur Drive and Sand Hill Road. 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.

New water line installation work will continue on Quarry Road. On January 3, the City of Palo Alto will begin trenching work behind the K-Rail on Quarry Road at Welch Road to bring in a new gas line up towards the Quarry Extension.

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 (12/27/11-12/30/11 and 1/3/12-1/06/12)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7am - 3:30 pm


Continued utility work requires that the sidewalk adjacent to the rear entrance of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital leading to the Falk Building remains closed through February 2012. Access to the Falk Building from Packard Children's has been rerouted through Stanford Hospital & Clinics as of Friday 12/23.Signage has been placed to assist staff from Packard Children's through Stanford Hospital to an exit leading to the west side of the Falk Building.Please note that this door requires badge access.The Outpatient Heart Center will continue to assist families and escort them to and from the Falk Center for appointments.


Shoring work is planned to begin as early as next week 15-20 feet away from the hospital.


Continued evaluation and potential repair of the broken water line may occur over the coming weeks.


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 (12/27/11-12/30/11 and 1/3/12-1/06/12)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7am - 3:30 pm

Removal of the scaffold and wrap on the Pavilion courtyard's east elevation will occur in order to facilitate structural repairs to the 2nd floor roof.


Structural work will continue. Concrete repairs to the exterior fa´┐Żade are also in progress.  Off-site restoration of windows is ongoing.
Tenant improvement work continues with trenching and under slab plumbing work on the 1st floor.

Relocation coordination of a communication line in Quarry Road is underway with the identification of existing utilities.  Work is still targeted to begin after the holidays.

General Reminders


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!


To reduce stress, consider alternative transportation. Stanford's free Marguerite shuttle service offers convenient connections between the Stanford Medical Center and the Palo Alto Transit Center and other destinations. Eligible university and hospital employees may request free Caltrain and VTA transit passes and those with a Stanford ID ride for free on AC Transit's Line U East Bay Express bus. Consider a do-it-yourself transit and/or bicycle commute plan.



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).