Palo Alto, CA. (November 26, 2019) There are many reasons to incorporate a green or living roof into a design, including energy conservation, water management, and financial benefits. For one project in Palo Alto, California, the benefits of having a green roof transcended financial gains, and instead served a higher role.
The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) at Stanford, originally constructed in 1991, is ranked as a top pediatric hospital in the nation and wins numerous healthcare awards year after year. A 2017 expansion opened a new 521,000 sq.ft. building and 3-1/2 acres of gardens and green space. There is overwhelming evidence that a connection to nature actively supports the healing process for patients, especially children. The LPCH recently incorporated healing, outdoor spaces into its new design, as well as outdoor patios at every level to bring the beauty of nature inside.