Quake prep for new Stanford Hospital

Jason Green, Daily News staff

Construction on the new Stanford Hospital is progressing, with crews installing 206 base isolators, according to a project spokeswoman.

The isolators will allow the building to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake. They come in two sizes, with the smallest weighing 2.5 tons and the largest weighing 4 tons. Placed on pedestals in the foundation, the isolators allow the building to shift up to 6 feet during a temblor

The isolators are critical to ensuring care goes uninterrupted at the hospital, which is the only Level-1 trauma center between San Francisco and San Jose, according to the spokeswoman.

The new 824,000-square-foot hospital will feature 364 individual patient rooms, an enlarged Level-1 trauma center and emergency department, and new surgical, diagnostic and treatment rooms.

The project broke ground on May 1, 2013, and is scheduled to be completed in 2017 and open in early 2018.