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Equipping the New Patient Kitchen Set to Open this Fall

Approximately 620 pieces of equipment were installed in the new patient kitchen.

Ever wonder what it takes to stock a kitchen that feeds hundreds of patients each day? An estimated 620 pieces of equipment were installed in the new Stanford Hospital patient kitchen, including eight walk-in refrigerators and freezers. Located on the ground level of the new building, the 15,600 square-foot space is fully built.

The future kitchen will serve an estimated 440 patients per day, consisting of over 1,300 meal trays served in both the existing and new facilities. Patients will be able to call for their meals and customize orders based on both dietary restrictions and preferences. Over 100 different diets will be available for patients' health needs and requests, including carb-controlled, low-sodium, heart-healthy and low-microbial diets.

The menus in the new Stanford Hospital were created to include healthy and sustainable items, as well as local ingredients whenever possible. As part of this effort, all meat products will come from local farms and will be antibiotic and hormone free.

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 of work are subject to change without notice, especially due to weather impacts.

New Stanford Hospital Facility
December 2012 - 2019

Work is under way to construct the new Stanford Hospital facility in order to accommodate advances in medical technology, increase capacity and meet new seismic safety standards. The 824,000 square foot hospital includes 368 individual patient rooms, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment rooms, an expanded Emergency Department, new employee parking structure, five gardens, walking trails and a meditation room. The new hospital is expected to open for patient care in fall of 2019.

This week's activities:

What to expect this weekend (2/9 - 2/10) 

Interior construction will continue this Saturday and Sunday, including wood ceiling installation, painting, signage, flooring, air balancing, as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing connections. 

Weekday Work (2/11 - 2/15)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am to 3 pm for regular construction.  

The interior of the hospital is progressing with wood ceiling installation, flooring, painting and lighting fixtures. Installation of the information desk in the atrium is ongoing. I maging and medical equipment installation continues.  Fire alarm testing is occurring from 2 pm - 11:30 pm . Nurse call system installation and testing is underway. Activation of cellular coverage is in progress. Deployment activities progress with end user devices, telephony and audio visual. Steam system start-up is in progress.
On the exterior, paver installation and landscaping continues. Foundation work for the Bucky Ball art sculpture is complete. Fountain assembly installation begins.  Wall panels installation for the bus stop shelter in front of the garage entrance on Welch Road continues. The pedestrian path has been diverted while this work occurs. 

On 2/13, from 10 pm to 6:30 am, the City of Palo Alto will shutdown electrical power. Areas affected include:  1100 & 1180 Welch Road Apartments, the Stanford Hospital Parking Garage and the Stanford Hospital trailer site.  

What to expect next weekend (2/16 - 2/17) 
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am to 3 pm

Interior finish construction is expected to continue next weekend.

School of Medicine BioMedical Innovations Building
January 2017 - Late 2019

The BioMedical Innovations Building (BMI) will be a state-of-the-art facility that fully supports the talent and vision of the School of Medicine to translate medical research discoveries into treatments and cures. The new building will be approximately 215,500 square-feet with four above-grade floors of research labs and light-filled gathering places, and a lower basement level with reduced functional square footage for utility support. A connective tunnel to other nearby research facilities is part of the proposed design.

Current Activities:
What to expect this weekend (2/9 - 2/10) 
Hours of Construction Activity: 9 am to 5 pm for regular construction

Interior and exterior work continues on Saturdays, and the site is closed on Sundays. No construction impacts are expected this weekend.

Weekday Work (2/11 - 2/15)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am to 5 pm for regular construction

Interior work continues including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, walls, frames, doors, tiling, painting, fire sprinklers and elevators. Security and audio visual work progresses. On the exterior, glazing and painting of the trellis is ongoing.

What to expect next weekend (2/16 - 2/17) 
Hours of Construction Activity: 9 am to 5 pm for regular construction

No construction impacts are expected next weekend.

General Reminders

Motorists: please be mindful of sharing the road with bicyclists. 


Consider alternatives to driving, including Stanford's free Marguerite shuttle, biking, carpooling, and transit. Try the do-it-yourself commute planning tool.


Cyclists: please be mindful of sharing the sidewalk with pedestrians. Those 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. Thank you!



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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).