Northern California Children’s Hospital Campus

Project Description

The Northern California Children’s Hospital project was renovated in 2018, doubling the size with a new building. The new hospital has state‐of‐the‐art operating suites with the latest technology and treatment equipment. Patient rooms have more space for families along with play spaces for the children. Sustainability is a core theme throughout the building. The new hospital offers a place for patient children and their families to play and heal in a natural outdoor environment. The irrigation consultant provided an irrigation design that was environmentally friendly, sustainable, and efficient. The design included a central control twowire system with drip irrigation to the many extensive green roof gardens and outdoor spaces. The hospital is LEED Platinum. 

The building integrates nature seamlessly into its layout, with almost four acres of gardens and green spaces for patients, families, visitors, and staff to enjoy. The landscape also provides natural habitats for local birds and insects. The landscape consists primarily of drought tolerant plants and specially blended low water turf. The gardens consist of: 

  • Emerald Garden – an imaginative, open garden space that features a sea‐themed play area and an amphitheater for activities and events.
  • Two outdoor terraces located on every patient care unit that overlook the grounds so families and care teams to do not have to go downstairs to step outside.
  • Healing Garden – located on the first floor outside the sanctuary and offering a meditative labyrinth and alcoves separated by hedges for privacy.
  • Discovery Garden – 20,000 sq. ft. roof garden that features life size sculptures of native animals and play spaces designed for imaginative play, such as gopher burrows with tunnel for the kids, hollow redwood tree for climbing, rock wolf head, and large sundial.
  • Rainbow Garden – A place for the physicians staff to relax.

Firm Role

  • Irrigation designer and consultant on the design team.
  • Coordination with rainwater catchment system consultant.
  • Designed the irrigation system to meet the State of California AB1881 / Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance. Provided all water use calculations and tables per the ordinance and city requirements.
  • Provided irrigation system construction / bid documents.
  • Provided written specifications per the owner’s design requirements.
  • Coordinated closely with the landscape architect and the hospital.
  • Provided construction administration services, including submittal review, addendums and Requests for Information, as well as record drawings.
  • Provided construction observation throughout the construction phase.
  • Provided WE2.3 LEED calculations to the LEED consultant working on the project.

Project Details

Location: Palo Alto, California

Client: AECOM

Reference: Glen Philips 415-955-2957

Services: Irrigation Design

Firm Role: Subconsultant