Cardinal Chronicle

Another relocation caused by the demolition of the Serra complex is the Amy Blue Garden's move next to Memorial Church. The choice was natural, given the granite marker honoring AMY BLUE already there. Now next to the church, the garden consists of internally focused concentric circles of flowering plants, benches and garden paths. Preserved is the small birdbath dedicated to BARBARA JORDAN, the daughter of Stanford's first president, DAVID STARR JORDAN, who died in 1901 of scarlet fever when she was just 9. The Amy Blue sundial will be re-installed as a focal point near the center of the garden, and her benches with plaques are also in the new garden's inner circle—among the star magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas and spring blooming bulbs that were transported from Serra.

The new location for some of the Serra buildings' longtime occupants will be special as well. The Porter Drive complex will be one of the few places in the Bay Area with a Walkstation. Unveiled within the past year by office furniture maker Steelcase, the Walkstation consists of a height-adjustable desk mounted over a treadmill that operates within a limited speed range of 0.5 to 2 miles per hour. Michigan-based Steelcase teamed up with Dr. JAMES LEVINE of the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He estimates that using the Walkstation has the potential to increase energy expenditure by 100 calories per hour when walking at a rate of 1 mph. "The Walkstation is not intended to provide a gym-style workout in the office; its purpose is not to cause users to raise their heart rates or work up a sweat," Levine said in a press release for the product's launch. "The premise of this Walkstation is simply to increase movement while working, and for users to enjoy the health benefits of that movement." Actually, Stanford bought three of them.

To also convey that the complex at Porter Drive is a part of Stanford, its six buildings have been named after the creeks of our campus: Barron, Corte Madera, Deer, Bear, Los Trancos and San Francisquito. Campus archaeologist LAURA JONES suggested the creeks for a contest to rename the buildings—formerly known as A, B, C, D, E and F.

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