The new pediatric hospital at Stanford Health adds 521,000 sf, features two connected five-story towers on a three-story podium. Its “Z” shape allows space for gardens and provides every room a view of nature. The irregularity of the building’s plan and elevation, and its location in a high seismicity area, required extraordinary analysis and design solutions. Steel moment frames along the towers’ exterior grids maintain unobstructed patient room views of the of healing gardens and green space.
Several of the building skin elements and the wind turbine are the first of their kind to be approved for hospital use in the state. The approval paved the way for incorporation of Structural Silicone Glazing (SSG) requirements in the 2013 California Building Code. The pioneering design resulted in the first LEED Platinum children’s hospital in California.