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Stanford trustees approve field house, underground garage, faculty homes

Trustees recently approved three building projects and tuition for the 2014-15 academic year. At their Feb. 10-11 meeting, they heard presentations on Stanford's vision for residential education and on the Medical School's plans to become a leader in the biomedical revolution. They also hosted an annual dinner for students.

L.A. Cicero Denning and Kennedy

Chairman of the Stanford Board of Trustees Steve Denning, left, congratulates President Emeritus Don Kennedy at the dedication of the Donald Kennedy Graduate Residences in Escondido Village.

The Stanford University Board of Trustees recently gave preliminary approval to build a new field house near Stanford Stadium and a parking garage under Roble Field on the west side of campus.

At its Feb. 10-11 meeting, trustees also gave design approval for the California Avenue Faculty Homes project, which will provide 180 homes, including single-family homes and condominiums.

In addition, trustees approved a 3.5 percent increase in undergraduate tuition for the 2014-15 academic year while reaffirming Stanford's commitment to a generous need-based financial aid program.

Honoring President Emeritus Donald Kennedy

On the day before their formal meeting began, trustees gathered for the dedication of the Donald Kennedy Graduate Residences in Escondido Village. Kennedy, the Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Emeritus, served as Stanford's eighth president from 1980 to 1992. Kennedy also served as provost of the university from 1979 to 1980. Kennedy, who joined the faculty in 1960, directed the Program in Human Biology from 1973 to 1977 and chaired the Department of Biology from 1964 to 1972.

Each house in the residence bears the name of a former provost: William F. Miller, the late Albert H. Hastorf, the late Gerald J. Lieberman and the late James N. Rosse.

With 52 former trustees gathered on campus for the Council of Trustees Reunion Dinner, which occurs every other year, it was a good time to hold the ceremony, said Steven A. Denning, chair of the Board of Trustees.

"We thought it was a very appropriate time to recognize those five leaders for their contributions to what Stanford is today and the foundation that they were so instrumental in building," Denning said. "Many of the former trustees had worked with those individuals in various capacities over the years."

During the Sunday afternoon dinner, President John Hennessy gave a presentation on Stanford's growth over the last 30 years. In addition, James D. Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering, gave an update on the state of the school and the curricular changes that have contributed to a large increase in the number of engineering majors.

Updates: School of Medicine, residential education

During the regular trustees meeting, Dr. Lloyd B. Minor, dean of Stanford School of Medicine, presented a vision for Stanford Medicine focused on how the school can capitalize on the position it has today and how Stanford could lead the biomedical revolution, Denning said.

In addition, trustees heard an update on residential education by Nadeem J. Z.  Hussain, an associate professor of philosophy who was  appointed to the new post of senior associate vice provost for residential affairs.

Hussain also is the dean of Freshman-Sophomore College, a residence hall that provides the vibrant intellectual community of a small, elite liberal arts college and enhanced access to Stanford's academic resources. He lives across the street from the residential complex in the dean's house.

Hussain spoke to trustees about Stanford's vision for residential education and its many plans to implement that vision in undergraduate residences.

"We all recognize that residential education is a necessary and essential part of a Stanford education," Denning said.

Annual dinner with students

On Monday evening, Feb. 10, , trustees hosted an annual dinner with undergraduate and graduate students. Nearly two dozen trustees joined 72 students for the event, which was held in Paul Brest Hall at the Munger Graduate Residence.

"Trustees very much enjoy the annual dinner with students," Denning said. "The dinner gives us the chance to interact with students in an informal setting and listen to them talk about their experiences at Stanford."

Stadium Field House

Trustees gave concept and site approval – the first two steps in the approval process – to build a two-story building, primarily to support Stanford Football and visiting teams during games. The facility, which will be built adjacent to Stanford Stadium, will allow both the home and visiting teams to maximize the rest and review period during intermission.

The Stadium Field House, a 25,890-square foot facility located at field level, will include home and visiting team shower and locker facilities, technology rooms for in-game evaluation, training and medical facilities to deal with in-game injuries, and spaces for referees and media support. It also will have a covered patio.

Three existing buildings – the half time locker room, a storage building and the Payton Jordan Weight Room – will be demolished to make way for the new facility. The existing team facilities do not meet current standards for team support.

The project, estimated to cost $14 million, is expected to return to trustees for design approval in April and construction approval in October. Construction is expected to begin after the NCAA football season ends in December 2014 and to be completed before the 2015 season begins.

Underground Roble Field parking garage

 Trustees also gave concept and site approval for the construction of a new parking garage under Roble Field, which is located between the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center and Roble Gym.

The parking garage will be a four-level structure that provides 1,006 spaces. Roble Field will be restored to recreational use after the project is completed.

The project, estimated to cost $42 million, is expected to return to trustees for design approval in June and construction approval in October. Construction is expected to begin with the excavation of the field in June. The parking garage is expected to open by January 2016.

California Avenue Faculty Homes

Trustees gave design approval – the third step in the approval process – to the California Avenue Faculty Homes project, which will provide 180 new homes for faculty, including 68 single family detached homes and 112 condominiums.

Each single-family home will include at least three bedrooms and a private study. The houses will vary in size from about 1,700 to 2,700 square feet, in order to meet a range of affordability among faculty. The smallest houses will have side patios, similar to those in Stanford's Olmsted Terrace Faculty Homes. The rest of the homes will have more conventional back yards. Each home will have a two-car garage.

The condominiums, which will have secure underground parking, will range in size from about 1,085 to 1,600 square feet.

To create a sense of community, the project will be organized around a central park and will feature single-family homes for most of the 17-acre parcel. Two four-story condominium buildings will be located at the rear of the site, backing to office buildings along Page Mill Road. The project includes a fitness area, community center, a lap pool and about one acre of usable open space.

The site is bounded by a variety of land uses, including Palo Alto's residential College Terrace neighborhood along the California Avenue boundary to the west, Stanford's Peter Coutts townhouses above the site to the south, and Stanford Research Park commercial buildings to the east and north of the site.

To ensure that the California Avenue project meets the needs of faculty, the single-family homes and condominiums will be made available to faculty for purchase at below-market prices, through the use of restricted ground leases.

Since the trustees gave concept approval to the project in December 2012, its preliminary cost estimate has risen to $155 million from $128 million, due to various revisions in the plans.

Construction approval is expected later this year from the Board of Trustees. Site preparation work is expected to begin this summer. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.