Convergence of Design and Resilience in a Hospital for the Future + Minimally Invasive Laboratories

From the patient rooms with panoramic views of the bay and mountains to the seismic base isolation system, the design of the New Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California sets new standards reflecting state-of-the-art resiliency elements. These elements include cutting-edge architecture, a 40,000 SF rooftop garden, LEED Silver-equivalent sustainability features, patient-centric design details, hospitality-infused furnishings, and sculptures, paintings, and commissioned installations by world-class artists. This dream project grew to reality with an IPD Big Room strategy as the client, executive/design architect, medical planner, and general contractor co-located onsite using BIM to collaborate on this extremely complex project.

This innovative hospital reflects how resiliency is integrated with technology, sustainability, long-term adaptability, and design vision. It features “floating” inpatient bed modules, a glass grid-shell dome over the atrium, and brace-free structural grid for universal flexibility – all made possible with the intelligent use of seismic base isolation.

Resiliency is woven into the patient/family experience with natural daylight and views through 14’-wide patient room windows and connectivity to outdoor spaces from public areas. Other resilient building features include 5 emergency generators, water storage tanks, and flexible connections for plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and MRI quench vents. The whole project thoughtfully embraces resiliency, which seamlessly is worked into the design.

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
18 August 2020


Judy Ou
Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman Architects
Robin Whitehurst
Technical Principal, Bailey Edward Design, Inc.
Carlos L. Amato
Principal, CannonDesign