Designing a Water-Wise Hospital at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

July 30, 2015


Preserving natural resources, especially water, is a central aspect of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford expansion and new main building.
While maintaining a safe environment for children and their families requires an abundance of clean water, the hospital is setting an industry-leading example in how it will maintain its complex medical systems and equipment, as well as essential services like heating and cooling, laundry, sterilization, sanitation, and food service.
This approach is more than a nicety: Hospitals today are the third most water-intensive public buildings, behind senior care facilities and hotels, using an average 570 gallons of water per staffed bed per day, according to Healthcare Design magazine. In comparison, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that an average person uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water per day.
As construction continues on the hospital project, architects, designers, and planners are changing the numbers on water consumption. The expanded facility, scheduled to open in 2017, will add 521,000 square feet to the approximately 300,000-square-foot existing hospital, expanding and streamlining care for children, expectant mothers, and their families, and adding more private rooms. Once the expansion opens, the hospital will have a total of approximately 330 beds on-site, with later expansion up to 361 on-site. Together with other locations, the hospital will have 397 licensed beds.