Palo Alto, CA

New Stanford Hospital


Structural Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering


824,000 sf

Key Info

Base isolation system on auger cast piles

Permanently tied-back moat walls


ENR California Regional Best Project, Health Care

R+C was geotechnical engineer of record for the New Stanford Hospital, one of California's largest hospitals under construction. The design incorporates a base isolation system on auger cast piles. Geotechnical challenges included mitigating impacts of potential liquefiable soil pockets in a way that allowed for a more economical design. The 824,000 sf hospital includes 600 beds, an emergency department, surgery suites, patient rooms, imaging areas, clinics, laboratories, offices and a cafeteria. The facility consists of four interconnected buildings in a quad formation around a central courtyard.

R+C was also responsible for the OSHPD out-sourced structural plan check of the new Stanford Hospital and has provided upgrades to the existing hospital central utility plant. We were involved in master planning and preliminary studies for a new central utility plant that will service the new hospital complex.


Leavening peerless structural engineering skill with humor, philosophy, people skills and, above all, a consummate understanding of San Francisco's permitting process, [Alan] saw this project through.