Stanford Begins $350M Business School Project

It’s a meeting of big green and sustainable green. Stanford University has broken ground on a new eight-building, 360,000-square-foot graduate business school campus, to be named the Knight Management Center in honor of Stanford alum and business school mega-donor Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike Inc. The campus is scheduled to open in 2010 and be fully completed by spring 2011. Knight gave $105 million, possibly the largest gift ever to a business school, toward the project, which is expected to cost at least $350 million by the time the campus is completed in 2011. Present at the groundbreaking, Knight pressed his Nike-clad feet into concrete in commemoration of the event. In addition, the new campus for the Stanford Graduate School of Business will incorporate state-of-the-art environmental features and will aim for a Platinum LEED certification. Designed by BOORA Architects, the campus will be organized as a series of small buildings situated around three quadrangles and other “outdoor rooms” and will incorporate such traditional Stanford architectural features as red tile roofs and recessed windows. The campus will also include a 600-seat lecture hall, dining facilities and underground parking for 900 vehicles. Turner Construction is the contractor. To accommodate the new Stanford MBA curriculum’s emphasis on smaller classes and programs, the campus will emphasize flexible classroom space and breakout study rooms, as well as cross-disciplinary work with the schools of engineering, law and medicine and others. The campus’ green goals include a reduction of overall water usage by at least 30 percent, exceeding current energy efficiency standards by at least 40 percent, recycling or salvaging 50 to 75 percent of non-hazardous construction debris, using rainwater or re-circulated gray water to reduce the use of potable use for building sewage conveyance by 80 percent, and using low- or non-volatile organic compound–emitting materials to improve indoor air quality. In a prepared statement, principal architect Stan Boles of BOORA noted that the orientation of the buildings is narrow in the north-south dimension to optimize daylighting and ventilation and so the buildings can shade one another. The Knight Management Center will total about 100,000 more square feet than the business school’s current campus. Buildings now in use there will be returned to the university for other uses. Earlier this year, Reed Construction Data reported that nationwide school/college construction starts from January through May totaled $21.2 billion, a decline from the same period a year earlier of 1.9 percent.