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Artist's rendering of the Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research

Artist's rendering of the Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research, which will be devoted to the process of turning new discoveries into treatments for patients.

Trustees approve expansion of Stanford's off-campus library in Livermore

At their Feb. 7-8 meeting, the trustees also gave design approval for the proposed West Campus Recreation Center and construction approval for the Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research.

BY KATHLEEN J. SULLIVAN

The Board of Trustees recently approved a proposal to double the size of Stanford Auxiliary Library III, a climate-controlled storage facility in Livermore.

At its Feb. 7-8 meeting, trustees gave concept and site approval – the first steps in the approval process – for the project, whose estimated value is $14.8 million.

Under the proposed expansion, the facility, best known as "SAL3," would double its storage capacity to approximately 6 million volumes, up from about 3 million.

Materials at the facility are stored in size order, using barcodes for retrieval and storage, and are available to university borrowers through a paging service.

Requested materials are delivered Monday through Friday from the storage facility, which is located about 50 miles from campus. Requests placed before 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, will usually be available for pick-up the next business day at participating campus libraries. Delivery to Hopkins Marine Station Library takes an additional business day.

The project is expected to return to trustees for design approval in April, and for a combined project and construction approval in June. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2011 and to be completed in the fall of 2012.

West Campus Recreation Center

Trustees gave design approval – the second phase in the approval process – to the West Campus Recreation Center.

The center would be similar in scope, design and size to the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, which is located on the east side of campus on Galvez Street.

Like the existing center, the West Campus Recreation Center would be a 75,000-square-foot building. The conceptual estimate for the project is $35.5 million.

The center would be located at the west end of Roble Field, next to Governor's Avenue, near a thriving neighborhood of students living in residence halls, suites and independent houses. Its main entrance will face Santa Teresa Street.

Plans for the new center – a one-story building with a basement – include basketball courts; fitness, wellness and recreation space; and lockers and showers. In addition, plans call for a 50-meter swimming pool to replace the antiquated Roble Gym pool.

The new swimming pool will be located on the east side of the recreation center and will be aligned with the lower level finished floor, approximately 15 feet below the main floor. A path along the east edge of the pool will provide an extension from Via Ortega to student housing to the south.

The project is expected to return to the trustees for project approval in April and construction approval in June.  Construction is expected to begin this summer and conclude in September 2012.

Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research

Trustees gave construction approval for the Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research, which will be devoted to the process of turning new discoveries into treatments for patients.

The center is designed to be the hub for the School of Medicine's work in translational medicine, which will occur in close partnership with Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

The proposed three-story center, which will house clinical trials in cancer treatment, has a project budget of $21 million.

The center, to be located on Welch Road in Palo Alto, will house approximately 250 researchers. It also will provide meeting space to host interdisciplinary research teams. In addition, the center will provide an inviting space for conducting clinical research, including a pediatric research suite designed to provide a friendly atmosphere for children and their families.

The center will be built on a 1.4-acre lot at the corner of Welch Road and the south extension of Durand Way. The existing building (800 Welch Road) on the site will be demolished to make way for the new center.

The building is expected to open in August 2012.

The center is named in honor of Jill Freidenrich, ’63, and John Freidenrich, ’59, LLB ’63, who donated $25 million for the building in 2006. In 2010, the Stanford Alumni Association gave the longtime Stanford supporters the Uncommon Man and Uncommon Woman Award for their "unwavering and selfless service."