operating room

Stanford Ambulatory Surgery Center

Stanford Ambulatory Surgery Center | Palo Alto, California

When Stanford University Hospital and Clinics (SHC) needed to replace its operating and imaging rooms to add capacity to its existing facility, DPR built 57,000-sq.-ft. of OSHPD 3, CBC, Division 1 occupancy space. Built on an extremely aggressive schedule, this project involved the construction of 12 operating rooms; three interventional radiology rooms; two procedure rooms; public access and waiting areas; pre-op, post-op, and other surgery support spaces; and a sterile processing and supply facility on the third floor of the hospital. Some work was conducted within operational areas of the building, and all work had to comply with the hospital's Infection Control and Environmental Safety Procedures.


  • Design Team Fong & Chan Architects

Project Scope

Maintaining the schedule proved to be a major challenge and required ingenious thinking and flexibility from our team. By modifying our approach and/or the sequence of activities, DPR was able to maintain the original completion date. For example, in coordinating the above ceiling mechanical and electrical systems installations, DPR identified a conflict between the ductwork and the structure. We submitted the conflict to the design team and then worked with our construction team to resequence the activities to work around the delay.

DPR also found deficiencies in the millwork just before it was delivered to the site that required some redesign. The team worked with DPR's millwork subcontractor to reduce some of the installation durations and added craft people to our crew to keep the original schedule intact. We also identified major electrical needs with the owner's medical equipment, which required the design team to redistribute the power and make changes to the equipment power sources. After working through these changes with our electrical subcontractor, DPR was able to change the sequencing and add manpower where necessary to recover the schedule.

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