New Stanford Hospital

Allana Buick & Bers (ABB) was retained by Rafael Vinoly Architects (RVA) to provide building enclosure design consultation for the NSH and subsequently retained by Stanford Hospital and Clinics to provide continuous construction observation services for waterproofing and roofing assemblies for the new Stanford Hospital at Stanford University in Palo Alto.

In our role as building enclosure consultant, ABB worked closely with RVA and Stanford to define the performance criteria for each enclosure element from below-grade waterproofing assemblies, to each of the many wall assemblies, to roofing systems. ABB assisted RVA with the selection of roofing and waterproofing assemblies, preparing detailing studies of connections between various enclosure systems. We drafted construction specifications for the entire building enclosure.

The New Stanford Hospital (NSH) project is one part of the regional Stanford Medical Center Renewal Project. The NSH project replaces an existing 60-year-old obsolete facility with a new 824,000 sf hospital facility that demonstrates Stanford’s commitment to delivering state-of-the-art patient care within a world-class teaching hospital environment. The design includes oversized patient room windows, large outdoor garden spaces, and other features to provide an amazing healing environment. The facility provides the local community with an enlarged and more capable Trauma Care Center and the most technologically advanced treatment, imaging, and operating facilities found anywhere in the world.

Due to the number and complexity of building enclosure assemblies used on the project, ABB assisted RVA and Stanford in identifying, interviewing and subsequently selecting a specialty enclosure contractor to assist in developing unique glazed wall assemblies. Subsequent to developing the wall assemblies and interfaces, ABB assisted Stanford, RVA, and the design assist contractor in developing wall assembly mock-ups for seismic, wind, water, and constructability testing. Mock-up testing was performed at several locations located through the US and required approximately nine months to complete.

During the construction phase of the project, ABB assisted RVA and Stanford with review of enclosure shop drawings and submittals, technical assistance with RFI review and provision of ASI documents. ABB has attended regular building enclosure construction issue meetings and provided additional enclosure detailing to address variations between the as-built and as-designed conditions that typically appear in a complex enclosure.

In addition to providing RVA with enclosure consulting services, Stanford Hospital and Clinics has retained ABB to provide continuous construction observation services for below-grade waterproofing, concealed waterproofing assemblies (garden roofing), and roofing systems. ABB’s construction monitoring staff provides daily field observation reports for ongoing waterproofing/roofing assemblies using an in-house developed computer tablet and project specific software to assist in drafting, reviewing, and distributing daily field reports to Stanford, the project contractor, the waterproofing/roofing manufacturer, and project record systems.