Construction projects, including dorm and childcare center, receive nod of approval from trustees

The Stanford University Board of Trustees recently approved five construction projects wending their way through the approval process.

Mariah Dancing Children

Among the projects approved by the trustees is Mulberry House, a childcare facility that is expected to accommodate 100 children from infants to pre-kindergarten.

Trustees recently gave concept and site approval for a new dorm at Manzanita Park, a housing complex for upperclass students located near the center of campus.

Under the project, the university would add a fourth residence hall to the complex, which currently includes Kimball, Castaño and Lantana halls.

The new dorm will be located in the open space between Schwab Residential Center and Manzanita Dining, adjacent to Castaño and Lantana. It is the last building envisioned for the housing complex.

The proposed project was presented to the board for the first time at its June 9-10 meeting. The project, valued at $20.5 million, is expected to return to the board for design approval – the second step in the approval process – in October 2010.

The new dorm would be the first undergraduate residence hall built on campus in nearly 20 years. (Castaño and Lantana halls were built 1992.)

As currently envisioned, the new three-story dorm would provide beds for 121 students, as well as a self-contained apartment for a resident fellow, and one to two studios for guests and visiting scholars.

Currently, 425 students live in Manzanita Park.

In a briefing last week, Leslie Hume, chair of the board, said the project is "a very exciting prospect" for Stanford, but emphasized that much work remains to be done.

"The design team is still waiting for input on what kind of programming will take place in the dorm," Hume said, adding that the team will be working closely with the Office of Residential Education, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and faculty on programming for the new residence hall.

Following design approval in October 2010, the plan will return to the board for project approval in February 2011, and construction approval in June 2011. If all goes according to plan, the new residence hall would open in September 2012.

Mulberry House

Trustees gave construction approval for Mulberry House, the second childcare facility at the Madera Grove Children's Center, which is located near a university neighborhood of graduate students and their families.

Mulberry House will provide childcare services exclusively for Stanford faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars and staff. It will accommodate 100 children, from infants (8 weeks old) to pre-kindergarten (5 years old).

The other childcare facility at Madera Grove, which also accommodates 100 children, is known as Acorn House. Mulberry House will be built next door.

Mulberry House will be located on Olmsted Road, near the northeast corner of Escondido Village, the largest graduate community on campus and home to nearly 3,800 graduate students and their families.

Mulberry House was restored to the "to do" list after an anonymous donor provided funding for the $4.6 million project last April. Construction is expected to begin in July, and the center is expected to open in January 2011.

East Campus Dining Commons

Trustees also gave construction approval to the East Campus Dining Commons.

The dining commons will be built on the site of the former Toyon Hall parking lot, located between two undergraduate residences, Toyon Hall and Crothers Hall, which includes two dorms – Crothers Hall and Crothers Memorial.

The proposed project budget for the new two-story facility is $20.3 million.

Construction is expected to begin this month; the blacktop parking lot, located at the intersection of Arguello Way and Escondido Road, has been closed since June 16. The new dining commons is expected to be completed in April 2011.

The new facility will serve as a regional dining commons, offering meals to the 376 students living in the Crothers Hall complex and serving as an alternative eatery for 155 students living in Toyon Hall.

Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research

Trustees gave design approval to the proposed Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research, based on a project budget of $21 million.

The proposed three-story facility 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 center, to be located on Welch Road in Palo Alto, will house clinical trials in cancer and new faculty working in translational medicine, as well as biostatisticians, research nurses and others involved in the process of turning new discoveries into treatments for patients.

It 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 project budget is $21 million, which reflects a decrease of $3 million since trustees approved the concept and site for the center in October 2009. The budget decrease reflects revisions to the mechanical system, some market savings from bidding and a reduction in architect fees.

The project is expected to return to trustees for project approval in October 2010 and for construction approval in December 2010.  The center is expected to be completed in June 2012.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Research Support Building

Trustees also gave design approval for the new Research Support Building at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is providing funding for the new three-story building, which will house accelerator scientists and engineers who are currently working in outdated and inefficient facilities.

The new building, whose total project cost is expected to be $48.1 million, is designed to accommodate about 300 employees.

Under the project, 13 trailers on the site will be demolished and removed to make way for the new building. The federal agency will own the new building, which will be built on land leased from Stanford.

Construction is expected to begin in January 2011. If all goes according to plan, the building will open in February 2013.