Patients, construction workers, employees, physicians, community members, elected officials and donors gathered at the new Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto Monday, March 23, for a "Topping Off" ceremony to celebrate a milestone in the construction of the new facility.
Thousands of people signed a 30-foot-long, 3,400-pound beam before it was hoisted atop the new hospital building.
"It is incredibly exciting to see the dedication and hard work of our community, our volunteers and hospital leadership take shape with the construction of this revolutionary new hospital facility," said Stanford Health Care board member John Levin in a press release. "The tireless effort of these individuals, coupled with the generosity of our corporate and individual donors as part of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine has helped build the foundation of care for generations to come."
Construction of the structure was led by joint venture Clark Construction and McCarthy Building Companies, and is part of the Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project to bring facilities to "new seismic safety standards and support the overall growth of the medical center," according to the press release.
The 824,000-square-foot facility, which was designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects and Lee, Burkhart and Liu Inc., will feature a new trauma center, 17 operating rooms and individual patient rooms with large windows and ample space for family members to gather, as well as five gardens with walking trails.
"We believe the new Stanford Hospital will be the world's safest and most advanced medical center with its unique design, structural system and technological innovations," said Bert Hurlbut, vice president of new Stanford Hospital Construction at Stanford Health Care, in the press release. "We could not have reached this milestone without the collective efforts of many people, including our tradesmen and construction workers. Today is their day."
The $2 billion project is expected to be completed in 2017 and will open for patient care in early 2018.