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A Look at the New Stanford Hospital Opening this Fall
The new Stanford Hospital has 20 operating rooms. Together they take up three acres of space. Post photo by Dave Price.

PALO ALTO, CA--(DAILY POST)--The new Stanford Hospital is nearly complete and 4,000 employees are preparing to move from the current hospital next door. Workers on Wednesday were putting the finishing touches on the $2 billion hospital that is expected to open this fall.  At 824,000 square feet, it is the largest building in Palo Alto.

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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 (7/20 - 7/21) 

Interior construction will continue this Saturday and Sunday, including won fire doors and terrazzo flooring in the bridge.  Landscaping continues.

Weekday Work (7/22  - 7/26)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am to 3 pm for regular construction.  

The interior of the hospital is progressing with punch list items, painting and signage installation. Furniture installation continues. The liquid light art installation in the atrium is ongoing. The Lewitt Wall Drawing is in progress. Terrazzo flooring in the bridge is ongoing.

Medical equipment installation continues. Food service equipment start-up in the cafeteria and dining hall is ongoing.  Nurse call system testing is underway. Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T cellular are now live. Deployment activities continue with end user devices, telephony and audio visual. Testing of medical gas alarm continues. Terminal cleaning started in the pharmacy sterile compounding room. 
The dog park roofing and painting progress. Landscaping and pavers under the bridge are ongoing.  

What to expect next weekend (7/27 - 7/28) 
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 (7/20 - 7/21) 

The site is open on Saturday and closed on Sunday.  No construction impacts are expected.

Weekday Work (7/22 - 7/26)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am to 5 pm for regular construction

Interior work progresses including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, doors, painting, flooring, carpeting, ceiling, millwork, casework, sprinklers and elevators. Installation of the glass entry starts. Security, audio visual and data cabling continue. Fire alarm start-up is in progress. Chilled and hot water start-up is ongoing. Emergency generator start-up is in process.

On the exterior, terra cotta, metal panels and exterior wood ceilings progress. Concrete work, curbs, light pole fittings, site handrails and gutters are ongoing. Landscaping continues.

One lane of South Pasteur is now within the construction site fence to accommodate site work.  

What to expect next weekend (7/27 - 7/28) 
Hours of Construction Activity: 9 am to 5 pm for regular construction

The site is open on Saturday and closed on Sunday.  No construction impacts are expected.

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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