Central Energy Facility earns architectural recognition

Central Energy Facility
The Central Energy Plant is part of the Stanford Energy System Innovations. (Photo by L.A. Cicero)

The CENTRAL ENERGY FACILITY (CEF) has been honored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a 2017 Institute Honor Award for excellence in architecture, interior architecture and regional and urban design. The CEF is one of 23 award winners, selected from about 700 submissions.

The AIA award program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style or type. The project architects were ZGF Architects LLP.

The AIA’s press release explains, “The Central Energy Facility is the heart of Stanford University’s transformational campus-wide energy system, projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 68 percent. The centerpiece of this composition of large, industrial components is a central courtyard pivoting around a 2.5-million-gallon hot water thermal storage tank, showcasing the energy plant’s mission. The architecture takes its cues from Stanford’s rich heritage: the Stanford arcade is reimagined as PV trellis; integrally colored cast-in-place concrete nods to the prevalent limestone; and weathered CorTen steel accents suggest terra-cotta tile roofs that give the campus much of its character.”

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects works to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and communities.

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