Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to Announce Architects, Plans on Renewal Project

Experts tapped to design new hospitals that will achieve seismic safety standards, improve quality of care and increase capacity for Palo Alto

For Release: December 17, 2007
Media Contact: Shelley Hébert
Executive Director, Public Affairs
Stanford Hospital & Clinics

(650) 723-1260 or (650) 814-5611

Stanford, Calif. (December 17, 2007) - Stanford Medical Center staff will introduce the design development process that will realize the transformation of the Stanford Medical Center at a meeting of the Palo Alto Architectural Review Board on December 20, 2007.  The Medical Center Renewal Project includes design of a new facility for Stanford Hospital & Clinics, expansion of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and replacement of outdated School of Medicine facilities.

Stanford Hospital has chosen the internationally recognized firm of Rafael Violy Architects. Packard Children's has selected award-winning Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). In addition, the firm of Lee, Burkhart, Liu, Inc. will work in association with Rafael Viñoly on the Stanford Hospital project, while Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. will work with KPF on the Packard Children's expansion. The design firms were chosen for their skills and track records in creating innovative designs to improve patient care, accommodate rapid changes in technology and develop healing environments able to adapt to 21st century advances in medicine. 

The design team will develop plans that individually further the patient care, teaching and research missions of Stanford Hospital, Packard Children's Hospital and the School of Medicine, while assuring that the tremendous potential created by the integration of these clinical and research facilities with the adjacent academic and research resources of Stanford University is fully realized.
The selection of the design team is a milestone in the effort to ensure that the Medical Center has the necessary facilities and capacity to meet growing community needs while complying with State-mandated seismic safety requirements.

The December 20 meeting will also include a report on the process and schedule for design development of the Renewal project, which will take place during 2008.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics selection of Rafael Viñoly Architects

Based in New York with offices in London and Los Angeles, Rafael Viñoly Architects ( ) is an award-winning firm that has designed healthcare facilities such as the UCSF Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building (San Francisco), the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Ashburn, VA), as well as the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Center for Advanced Medicine (Philadelphia, PA). Additionally, the firm has gained international recognition for its work on the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (Boston, MA), the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH) and Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York, NY) among others.

Rafael Viñoly's architecture is marked by a sustained structural originality that transcends passing fads or momentary architectural movements and has given him a reputation as an architect with great imagination and immense professional rigor.  Lee, Burkhart, Liu, Inc. (LBL) will serve as the associate architect firm for the project.

"Our design for the new Stanford hospital facilities will focus on new medical innovations and increasing privacy for patients, along with modernizing the hospital's buildings to ensure a seismically-sound medical center," said Rafael Viñoly. "We are eager to contribute our design efforts to improve the community's critical ongoing healthcare needs."

Stanford Hospital & Clinics was originally built in 1959 and its outdated facilities cannot be brought up to current seismic standards.  The hospital's plans call for building 1.4 million square feet of new facilities and demolishing approximately 700,000 square feet of the old facilities.  New facilities at Stanford Hospital & Clinics will feature 600 patient beds; new surgical, diagnostic and treatment rooms; nursing and support offices; and clinics and administrative offices.

"We are very excited about working with Rafael Viñoly Architects to create a seismically-safe, modern facility that will serve the healthcare needs of our community," said Martha Marsh, CEO, Stanford Hospital & Clinics.  "Improving the quality of future patient care is dependent on modern facilities that offer state-of-the-art medical technology.  We look forward to the progressive leadership in civic projects for which Rafael Viñoly Architects PC is critically acclaimed.  Their work will allow our hospital to bring the very best in hospital design and function to our community and ultimately the very best in patient care."

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital selection of Kohn Pedersen Fox

Kohn Pedersen Fox ( ), one of the most respected architectural practices for design excellence, was selected by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital because of its ability to design and create uplifting spaces for people, as well as for its distinctive architectural response to community, context and environment. KPF has created master designs for healthcare facilities, including: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA), and The Weinberg Building (Baltimore, MD) along with recognized buildings such as the Wharton School, John M. Huntsman Hall, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), the World Bank Headquarters (Washington D.C.) and the National Museum of China (Beijing, PRC). Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) will serve as the executive architect for the project.

"We look forward to working with Packard Children's and intend to create an architectural design that will greatly benefit the future healthcare of children and expectant mothers," said William Pedersen, FAIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox.  "Our previous work demonstrates the contribution architecture can make to sustainable patterns of living and, we believe, will improve the quality of hospital stay."  

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is expanding its facilities in order to address growing community needs and to incorporate modern medical practices and technology.  The hospital has had to refer hundreds of children to other healthcare facilities each year due to ongoing critical capacity issues.  The expansion plans include building 425,000 square feet of new facilities that will add 104 patient beds; house new surgical, diagnostic and treatment rooms; nursing and support offices; as well as clinics and administrative offices.  The selection of KPF brings technical expertise to design functional facilities with a style conducive to the children and families who occupy them.

"Lucile Packard Children's Hospital welcomes Kohn Pedersen Fox in the modernization and expansion of our patient facilities," said Christopher Dawes, President and CEO at Packard Children's.  "KPF's expertise in healthcare design will be instrumental in improving our critical capacity issues.  We will also use their skills to create facilities that advance patient care through family-friendly rooms, improved privacy and greater comfort."

The Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project is currently being reviewed by the City of Palo Alto. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2010. For more information about the project, please visit:  


About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiac care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. Ranked #15 on the U.S. News and World Report annual list of "America's Best Hospitals," Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. The Hospital is part of the Stanford University Medical Center, along with the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.  For more information, visit

About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Ranked as one of the nation's top 10 pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 264-bed hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services and associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally the full range of health care programs and services - from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit

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