One-Stop-Shopping: Stanford Health Proposes 272,000 SQFT Medical Office Building in Redwood City to Host Expanded Services

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By Meghan Hall

Just months after completing and opening the first phase of its Redwood City campus, Stanford Health Care has submitted a proposal to develop a 227,000 square foot medical office building at 400, 500 and 510 Broadway. The project, known as “Block E,” is located within the boundaries of the Redwood City Precise Plan and is a greater effort on behalf of Stanford University to not just relocate —but expand — its world-renowned medical services and expertise beyond the main university campus.

“In our capital projects program, we have strategically looked at various areas to grow and develop,” explained Rachel De Guzman, administrative director for Stanford Health’s Capital Projects team. “For Redwood City, we have an existing facility there now that has a multitude of services. We’d like to take and grow those services and expand to provide additional ones to the community, and this is a strategic location for us.”

In addition, Redwood City’s Precise Plan, passed in 2013, allows Stanford Health to pursue building a commercial medical facility on the property. The current buildings located at 500 and 510 Broadway will be demolished to make way for the development, which will also include 1,107 private parking spaces in both integrated and detached garages. According to project documents, the building will be designed for use as an outpatient clinic. De Guzman stated that Stanford Health is still evaluating what specific services the building will house upon its completion. 

“We’re still working on finalizing the services that will be moving out to Redwood City,” said De Guzman. “But the real goal for Stanford is to really provide a multi-disciplined set of programs. We’re looking to add some additional, different services, that we’re looking to finalize in the next few months. It will be different than what we provide now, and it’s to provide a larger breadth of services to the community.”

Stanford Health’s current facility in Redwood City is home to GI services, a sleep center, radiology, imaging and a lab, among others. Those services are being considered for the Broadway site, as are additional ones such as women’s health care and primary care. 

In March of this year, Stanford officially opened the doors to the first phase of the state-of-the-art campus after years of planning and preparation. Four new buildings are in operation and include Cardinal Hall, the first of the development’s four buildings to be operational. The building includes Cardinal Café, which serves breakfast and lunch, a Cardinal Brew coffee bar and To-Go Shop. The other buildings include University Hall, Discovery Hall and Academy Hall. Other amenities, such as a Recreation and Wellness Center, are also part of the project. The next building expected to come online will be the Pine Cone Childcare Center, which will open this fall. The facility will have capacity for 120 children and will serve families who kids are from eight weeks to five years.

“There’s been some very positive comments about the first phase,” said Jon Cowan, director of local government and community relations for Stanford Health. “In general, I have been meeting and talking with community members and elected officials and the planning commission, and there is a lot of excitement.”

Once complete, the 35-acre campus will be home to 2,700 Stanford staff members.

The development marks the university’s first major expansion from its original campus in more than 125 years, states Stanford Health’s website. Ground broke on the initial phase of the project in May 2016. The new campus is immediately off of State Route 101 and is just five miles from Stanford University. De Guzman and Cowan hope that Stanford Health will receive planning approval for Block E by spring of next year, and have the building delivered by the third quarter of 2020.

The estimated price tag for Block E, so far, is about $700 million.

“We really are putting patients and staff and faculty first and making sure [the project] is really focused on wellness,” said De Guzman. “…We are also looking at providing services in an integrated fashion, with services co-locating to service patients and their needs first. We want to provide services so patients can go to our facility as a one-stop-shop.”

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