By Angela Woodall – Oakland Tribune, February 23, 2012

Children’s Hospital of Oakland is relaunching a campaign to rebuild and retrofit the cramped century-old research and treatment facility in North Oakland.

The plans include keeping seismically sound portions of the hospital complex on Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 52nd Street, according to a release prepared for the hospital by media consulting company Singer Associates Inc.

New structures that meet the state-imposed earthquake standards will be constructed where necessary. The height will be the same as the existing hospital.

Children’s Hospital says the new seismic standards and demand on the aging infrastructure is threatening the ability to provide care to patients, who come from around Northern California.

The current plan is noticeably more modest than a previous one in 2008, which involved a $700 million expansion that would have displaced homes in the North Oakland neighborhood.

The plan fell apart when Alameda County voters turned down two parcel taxes that would have raised $300 million to help pay for a new hospital on the property, including a 10-story tower.

The new plan will cost at least $425 million, partly paid for by a 2008 state bond measure for children’s hospitals. The rest will be raised from public and private donors.

The hospital has hired TAYLOR Architects but is still in the early stages of planning.

Administrators plan to seek community input in the future and hope to start the environmental review process in 2012. The goal is to gain approval for a master plan in 2013 and have the project financed and built in phases by 2019.