Munger residence nears completion; other projects move forward

L.A. Cicero Emily Rains

Emily Rains recently moved into a studio in one of two buildings now completed as part of the Munger Graduate Residence. Construction on three other buildings in the complex will continue through the summer.

The Stanford University Board of Trustees recently gave concept and site approval to a 900-seat, $145 million concert hall to be built on a triangular plot of land near Frost Amphitheater.

It was the first step in the approval process and one of several construction projects the trustees acted on during their Dec. 8-9 meeting.

In 2006, longtime Stanford benefactors Helen and Peter Bing, '55, donated $50 million toward construction of the hall, which is envisioned as a world-class facility that will meet the latest acoustical and technical standards.

The new concert hall will be a platform for live performances, including chamber, jazz, orchestral, multimedia, concert opera and choral programs.

The proposal calls for the hall to be located on a site bordered by the Alumni Center, Campus Drive East, Lasuen Street and Frost Amphitheater.

The front entrance of the 99,000-square-foot concert hall will be located in an entry court along Lasuen Street, at the east end of Museum Way. (The Cantor Center for Visual Arts is located at the opposite end of Museum Way.)

The plan is scheduled to return to the board for design approval in April 2009; for project approval in June 2009; and for construction approval in December 2009. Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012.

East Campus Dining Commons

The board also gave concept and site approval to the East Campus Dining Commons, a two-story facility that will be built on land now occupied by a parking lot located between Toyon Hall and Crothers Memorial Hall, at the intersection of Escondido Road and Arguello Mall.

The dining commons, which will seat 425 people, will serve students living in Crothers Memorial Hall and Crothers Hall, and offer an alternative dining site for students in Toyon Hall.

Preliminary plans call for a small dining room on the first floor, along with a kitchen, regional prep stations and support areas. The second floor will house the main dining room, as well as a buffet. The larger dining areas may include options that allow the area to be transformed into more private dining and meeting rooms.

The menu will feature a wellness-focused, diverse, organic, healthy cuisine using an energy-efficient, exhibition-style "just-in-time" cooking concept.

The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $20 million.

The 26,400-square-foot building is scheduled to return to the board for design approval in April 2009 and for project and construction approval in June 2009. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010.

Knight Management Center

The Board of Trustees gave project approval to the Knight Management Center, which will be the new Graduate School of Business campus. The total budget for the project is $378 million, including several academic buildings and an underground parking garage.

Now under construction, the 360,000-square-foot center will be composed of a series of small buildings situated around four courtyards and connected by open arcades.

It will include a 600-seat auditorium, a dining pavilion, a student center with a library and lounge, a faculty office building and classrooms.

"We are looking for a more collaborative feeling and more collaborative spaces in the new campus and are planning to build places—both large and mostly small—where this can happen," according to a Q&A about the new campus on the Business School website.

The campus will be located at the intersection of Serra Street and Campus Drive East, on a 12-acre site between the Schwab Residential Center and Maples Pavilion.

The plan is expected to return to trustees for partial construction approval of the core and shell package in February 2009. Final construction approval for interior fit-ups is anticipated for June 2009. Substantial completion of the new campus is anticipated by March 2011.

Crothers Hall and Crothers Memorial Hall Renovation and Seismic Upgrade

Trustees gave project and partial construction approval for the renovation and seismic retrofitting of these two residence halls, which opened about 60 years ago. The three-story buildings, which currently house about 240 graduate students, were named after Judge George E. Crothers, who entered Stanford on opening day in 1891 and earned his law degree here.

Situated around a landscaped courtyard, the residence halls are located near the East Wing of Green Library at the intersection of Galvez Mall and Escondido Road.

After the $22.5 million project is completed, the concrete and stucco buildings will become undergraduate residences for 376 students. Crothers Hall will have 50 single and 49 double rooms, and Crothers Memorial Hall will have 20 single and 104 double rooms. The renovation plan also calls for a new apartment for a resident fellow and two guest rooms.

All of the students living in the Crothers complex, including 200 graduate students, 42 undergraduates and nine members of the residence staff, recently moved into other buildings.

Most of the graduate students moved into the first two buildings completed in the Munger Graduate Residence, a five-building complex that will eventually house 600 students in luxury studios and one-, two- and four-bedroom apartments. The undergraduates and residence staff who were living in Crothers have moved into Xanadu House on Mayfield Avenue.

The Crothers project is scheduled to return to trustees for construction approval in April 2009. Construction is expected to begin in early 2009 and to be completed by September 2009.

Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building

Trustees gave construction approval for the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, the first of three institute-based buildings planned by the School of Medicine.

The $200 million building will house the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Cancer Center. Researchers from other Medical School institutes also will work in the four-story building, which will have a basement and three stories above ground.

The center will bring together some 600 scientists now working in scattered locations in a unified effort to capitalize on the power of stem cells in treating human disease.

The 200,000-square-foot building, which is already under construction, is located along Campus Drive West, south of the Center for Clinical Sciences Research. It will be set back 50 feet from Campus Drive, behind a natural landscape buffer of redwoods, live oaks and ground-cover plantings. Its main entrance will feature a three-story glass lobby.

Construction of the building, which will be the largest center in the nation devoted to stem cell research, is expected to be completed in June 2010.

Nanotechnology Center

The board also gave construction approval for the $77.5 million Nanotechnology Center, the third building to take shape in the new Science and Engineering Quadrangle.

Like its neighboring buildings—the Jen-Hsun Huang School of Engineering Center, which is expected to open in March 2010, and the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, which was dedicated last March—the building will be clad in limestone.

The master plan for the site, located west of the Main Quadrangle, also includes a bioengineering and chemical engineering center.

Construction already has begun on the 99,000-square-foot Nanotechnology Center, which is expected to be completed in March 2010.