Judging by the exterior, Kaiser Permanente's Redwood City Replacement Hospital Project looks to be just about done.
But work on the innards of what figures to be one of the most advanced Peninsula facilities is just getting started.
The 280,000 square foot,149-bed facility, which replaces an existing hospital built in the 1960s, is set to open in late 2014.
The project began with construction crews last summer excavating a nearly two-acre parking lot north of the existing hospital on which the new facility will be built, pouring a concrete pad for the foundation using enough concrete to build 40 miles of standard sidewalks, Kaiser spokesman Karl Sonkin said.
Late last year, crews used a 300-foot crane to put up the frame, using enough steel to build 2,750 cars, Sonkin said. An unbonded brace frame developed in Japan is designed to make the structure more earthquake resistant.
The facility will feature six advanced-care operating rooms, an expanded emergency department, new delivery and prenatal units, and advanced neurology diagnostic and treatment suites, Sonkin said.
The facility's offerings will include patient rooms will feature rooms with views and natural light and spacious private rooms with pullout beds for overnight family visits will.
The hospital's green building features include low-flow plumbing features, low vapor paints, steel made from recycled materials and drought tolerant exterior landscaping.
"By blending Kaiser Permanente's advanced technology with Redwood City's state-of-the-art hospital and our integrated delivery system that coordinates care across all medical disciplines - primary care, specialty care, outpatient and inpatient care - we are providing a superior level care and service to our patients and members," Sonkin said in a prepared statement.