ECH continues multimillion-dollar campus upgrade

Rendering Courtesy of El Camino Hospital
Construction at El Camino Hospital continues apace, with the addition of a mental health and addiction services building and an integrated medical office building, an overhaul of the Women’s Hospital, demolition of the old main hospital site and expansion of the North Parking garage.

Construction trucks, steel beams and orange cones have become a staple on Grant Road in Mountain View over the past year as El Camino Hospital undergoes a multipart construction project to upgrade the campus.

Plans for the hospital include adding two new facilities – a mental health and addiction services building and an integrated medical office building – renovating the Women’s Hospital and demolishing the old hospital building.

“We needed to expand our Women’s Hospital so that we have a more private-room environment for new moms and babies, and a larger neonatal intensive care unit,” said Ken King, the hospital’s chief administrative services officer. “In order to do that, we have doctors’ offices on the second and third floors of that building, and we need to move them out.”

From that, the creation of the integrated medical office building was born. Work on the 250,000-square-foot facility began in February and is scheduled for completion by late spring 2019.

It will connect to the main hospital and, according to King, the hospital will extend to the lower portion of the building and occupy approximately 140,000 square feet on the ground, first and second floors. The other 110,000 square feet will be medical office space occupied by physicians who are currently on the second and third floors of the Women’s Hospital.

Construction crews broke ground on the second building, the mental health facility, in November 2016. It is slated to open by early spring 2019. The 56,000-square-foot building will be connected to the main hospital via an indoor walkway.

The two construction projects are budgeted at $302 million and $96 million, respectively.

Next steps

Once the projects are completed, King said plans include demolishing the old hospital and renovating the Women’s Hospital, a process now in the design phase.

“Eight of our rooms (in the Women’s Hospital) are semiprivate, which means we have to double up,” he said. “Moms don’t want to be in the same room with anybody else. The standard of care has changed over the years since this building was built, and we need to make all private rooms.”

In addition to the private rooms, the neonatal intensive care unit will undergo renovation to feature private rooms rather than open bays. Plans also include expanding the number of labor and delivery rooms and an antepartum area for moms who are not yet in labor but may be experiencing pregnancy complications.

“We basically are going to be reconstructing about 85 percent of the inside of the building while we stay in operation,” King said. “(It) is going to be quite a feat.”

On the site of the old main hospital – scheduled for demolition – King said plans call for creating a new service yard where delivery trucks won’t need to back up as much to unload. During the design phase, he said hospital officials consulted their Los Altos neighbors on the other side of South Drive, whose chief complaint was the noise from the trucks. The new service yard will help eliminate the problem, according to King.

Parking and panels

The hospital recently wrapped up a yearlong parking addition to the North Drive Garage. The garage, which originally had 850 spots, now has 1,250 spaces and solar panels on the roof.

“We’re going to be reducing our reliance on PG&E by a minimum of 15 percent and possibly up to 20 percent at certain times of the year,” King said of the use of solar panels.

For more information on construction and to view photos and live webcams of the projects, visit and search “campus development.”

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