Kaiser looks to build new California hospital, demolish current one

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has proposed a project that would demolish its existing San Jose (Calif.) Medical Center and construct a new hospital.

After demolishing the current 250,000-square-foot medical center, the health system would build a 685,000-square-foot hospital, a new central utility plant and a parking structure, according to Kaiser environmental review documents.

The existing hospital would maintain function at full capacity as the new hospital is being built. 

"We are prepared to make substantial investments in upgrading our facilities to support our South Bay members and the local community," a spokesperson for Kaiser said in a statement shared with Becker's. "We look forward to swift approval by local and state jurisdictions and will continue working with the local community as the project progresses."

Potential future projects include the demolition of two one-story medical offices and the construction of a 250,000-square-foot outpatient facility and a parking garage on the health system's San Jose campus. 

The campus additions would result in around 800 new employees from the current 1,700 day shift physicians, nurses and support staff.

If approved, construction is expected to begin in early 2025 with the hospital replacement completed before 2030.

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