Countdown to Completion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Begins

HGA, San Francisco, Bay Area, Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, DPR Construction, Perkins+Will
HGA, San Francisco, Bay Area, Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, DPR Construction, Perkins+Will
Rendering courtesy of Perkins+Will/Stanford Children’s Health

Design and Architecture Teams Celebrate Milestone Ahead of December 2017 Opening

PALO ALTO, Calif.— May 9, 2017 — Perkins+Will, a global architecture and design firm, and HGA, an integrated architecture and engineering firm, together celebrate the countdown to the completion of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Slated to open in December 2017, the project will set a new standard in sustainable and family-centered design for healthcare.

“We are approaching the culmination of nearly a decade of planning, design and construction activity—the sheer size and scope of the project is remarkable,” says Robin Guenther, sustainable healthcare leader at Perkins+Will and the project’s lead architect. “We are all proud of the work that has been accomplished thus far, and excited that the facility will open its doors to patients and their families.”

“Creating an environment inclusive of both parents and children was a key goal of the design,” said Dan Rectenwald, healthcare principal and chief operating officer at HGA. “Through open houses, simulations, tours and feedback from physicians, hospital staff and the Packard Children’s Family Advisory Council, the project team was able to design a facility which sets patient safety and the patient-family experience as the highest priority.”

Through Perkins+Will’s exterior and interior design, and HGA’s medical planning, the project will achieve key goals as established by Packard Children’s—all focused on creating America’s most technologically advanced, family-friendly and environmentally sustainable hospital for babies, children and expectant mothers.

HGA, San Francisco, Bay Area, Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, DPR Construction, Perkins+Will
Rendering courtesy of Perkins+Will/Stanford Children’s Health

Design Highlights
With an emphasis on holistic healing, the hospital will embrace evidence-based design features, like plentiful views of nature, access to the outdoors, and abundant natural light as well as a host of innovative sustainability features, like the recovery of water from condensate and other processes for landscape irrigation, the creative use of recycled and reclaimed local materials, and a unique external shading system to reduce the need for air conditioning. In fact, Packard Children’s is designed to use 38 percent less water and 60 percent less energy than the average Northern California hospital. The building’s ongoing water and energy usage will be displayed on an electronic dashboard in the main lobby and on bedside entertainment systems, allowing children to compare energy consumption in different areas of the hospital. The building is on track to earn LEED Gold certification.

All patient floors will feature outdoor patios with overlooks, and a non-denominational sanctuary that opens to an outdoor healing garden, which will allow for quiet meditation and prayer. Locally grown food will be served in the hospital’s café, and locally crafted art will decorate the building and surrounding campus. Additionally, the facility’s wayfinding system will be based on California’s various ecoregions, boasting colorful wall art, educational signage and graphics of nature that will help patients and families navigate the hospital units while learning about their local natural environment.

Medical Planning Highlights
In planning the medical spaces, the focus was on creating a comfortable atmosphere for children and their families that also incorporates operational efficiencies to ensure the best care. In each nursing unit, caregivers will have a direct line of sight from their workstations into patient rooms. The appearance of heavy equipment within the patient rooms will be minimal, making the rooms less intimidating for children. Sinks, water coolers and other amenities will also be built at child height. The majority of the new rooms will provide additional privacy and space for patients and their families; all rooms will include sleeping accommodations for two family members. In addition, every patient floor will include a family lounge, child life room, patient-family kitchen, and laundry facilities to help promote a home-like environment.

Colocation of medical services, including the merging of imaging and surgery platforms, will increase efficiency in processes and result in less travel time for anesthesiologists. Staff circulation routes will be separate from those of patients and their families, and medication alcoves located directly outside of patient rooms will decrease the amount of time caregivers need to retrieve medication while keeping the main hallways clear of pedestrian traffic. Pharmacy spaces will be located in the same location on every floor, allowing for a shared lift for moving medications to optimize efficiency.

DPR Construction is the general contractor on the project.

For more information about Packard Children’s, visit

About Perkins+Will
Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935. Founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities, we collaborate with clients all over the world to create healthy, sustainable places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. More than 2,000 professionals across over 20 Perkins+Will offices include some of the brightest minds in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, and landscape architecture. Clients consistently turn to us for our leadership and expertise in areas like sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and mobility. Additionally, our 10 Research Labs catalyze innovative design technologies and solutions that result in better, smarter, more competitive built environments. The recipient of hundreds of design awards each year, and a progressive leader in corporate social responsibility, Perkins+Will is consistently ranked among the world’s top design firms. Our family of partner companies includes retail strategy and design consultancy Portland; transportation planning consultancy Nelson\Nygaard; healthcare technology planning firm Genesis; and luxury hospitality design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR). For more information, visit

About HGA
HGA is an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm specializing in healthcare, corporate, government, arts, community, higher education, and energy & infrastructure markets. Founded in 1953, HGA supports clients with responsive, innovative and sustainable design. Offices include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose, California; Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Washington DC. Visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

About DPR Construction
DPR Construction is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the advanced technology/mission critical, life sciences, healthcare, higher education and commercial markets. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-dollar organization with offices around the country, making it one of the largest general contractors in the nation and a great story of entrepreneurial success. DPR was ranked the No. 1 Largest Healthcare Builder in 2016 by Modern Healthcare magazine and ranked on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for five consecutive years. For more information, visit

About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at its core, is the Bay Area’s largest health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. As the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California, and one of just 11 nationwide to be named on the 2016–17 U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” Honor Roll, Packard Children’s Hospital is a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty. Stanford Children’s Health offers care ranging from the routine to rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses and staff, Stanford Children’s Health can be accessed through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 60 locations across Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a nonprofit, Stanford Children’s Health is committed to supporting the community — from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to training the next generation of doctors and medical professionals. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in 2016, Stanford Children’s Health looks forward to the 2017 debut of its new hospital campus. Discover more at and on the Healthier, Happy Lives blog. Join Stanford Children’s Health on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedInand YouTube.

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