Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Architect: Perkins+Will and HGA Architects and Planners

Owner: Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

Location: Palo Alto, California

Category B: Built: More than $25 million in construction cost

This major campus transformation resulted in a technologically advanced, sustainable, and family-focused children’s hospital dedicated to supporting a child’s journey to health. The LEED Platinum building integrates innovative building systems to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption. By seamlessly linking gardens and terraces with nature and biophilic design elements in materials, art, and wayfinding, the design responds holistically to mind, body, and spirit. It is an “un-self-conscious” setting where staff, children, and families are comforted by its familiarity and inspired by opportunities for discovery—a place where learning nurtures healing.

"This children’s hospital focuses on the user's experience, with a comforting organic richness of spaces, a deep integration with nature with biophilic forms, and clear environmental partnership." ~ Jury statement

Additional information

Executive Architect: HGA  

Design Architect: Perkins+Will

Structural Engineer: Degenkolb

Civil Engineer: Sandis

MEPFP Engineer: Mazzetti

Low Voltage/Security: Teecom

Medical Equipment: RTKL

Landscape Design: AECOM (formerly EDAW)

Graphics/Signage: Kate Keating Associates

Art Consultant: Aesthetics, Inc

Construction Manager: DPR

Construction cost or anticipated construction cost: Withheld by owner

Building area or anticipated building area: 521,000

Construction start date: 2012

Substantial completion date: April 2018


David King, FAIA (Chair), SmithGroup JJR, Los Angeles

Tom Clark, FAIA, Clark/Kjos Architects, Portland, Oregon

Lari Diaz, AIA, KMD Architects, San Francisco

Walter Jones, AIA, The MetroHealth System, Cleveland

Patricia Malick, ARRAY Architects, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Paul Mankins, FAIA, substancearchitecture, Des Moines

David Ruthven, AIA, Philips Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Image credits

Dusk approach of the exterior

Tim Griffith

Dunlevie Garden on the exterior

Tim Griffith

Public space: Lobby

Vittoria Zupicich


Emily Hagopian

Waiting treehouse

Emily Hagopian

Diagnostic wagon wheel

Emily Hagopian

Patient nursing corridor

Emily Hagopian