Trustees approve construction projects, get extensive briefing on StanfordNYC

At its first meeting of the 2011-12 academic year, the Board of Trustees approved several construction projects. President John Hennessy presented an extensive briefing about Stanford's proposal to open an applied sciences campus in New York City.

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics Artist's rendering of addtion to the Arrillaga Family Sports Center

An artist's rendering of the planned $17 million addition to the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, the home of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation, to consolidate the university's football program.

The Stanford University Board of Trustees recently approved proposals to move the occupants of Meyer Library into a vacant building on Memorial Way, and to build a new recreation center on the campus of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

At its Oct. 10-11 meeting, the board also approved a $17 million addition to the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, the home of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, to consolidate the university's football program.

Trustees also gave design approval to the Stanford Research Computing Facility and the Satellite Animal Research Facility – the third stage in the approval process for both construction projects.

Finally, the board gave project approval – the fourth stage in the approval process – to the expansion of Stanford Auxiliary Library III, a climate-controlled facility in Livermore, and construction approval – the final stage – for the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center on the west end of Roble Field.

Trustees hear from President John Hennessy

As is traditional in the first meeting of a new academic year, trustees received a state-of-the-university report from President John Hennessy.

Leslie Hume, chair of the Board of Trustees, said trustees had a "very candid discussion" with Hennessy about Stanford, about higher education, and about some of the opportunities and challenges he envisions for Stanford. Hume said the report was more focused than usual on the state of higher education in the United States in general, and how that was reflected at Stanford.

"After that conversation, the board felt more fortunate than ever to have the leadership of President Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy," she said. "They have the foresight, skill and energy to keep this university moving forward."

Hume said trustees also took part in a three-hour discussion with Hennessy about Stanford's proposal, officially known as StanfordNYC, to open an applied sciences center for research and teaching in New York City. The board last discussed the prospect of opening a Stanford campus in New York City at its June meeting.

Stanford is proposing to build a graduate campus on Roosevelt Island that would focus on engineering, information technology and entrepreneurship, growing in phases to eventually accommodate 100 faculty members and 2,000 master's and PhD students.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the project in July. Proposals are due Oct. 28. The city has announced that it expects to make a decision by the end of the year.

"It was really a chance for John Hennessy and his team to update the board on the project, and to give the board a more extensive briefing on the tremendous opportunity that the prospect of a New York campus represents for Stanford," Hume said.

"At the same time, it gave the board the chance to say: This is also an opportunity for New York, because Stanford brings a lot to New York. The trustees also discussed how we can take advantage of the New York opportunity in a way that is of maximum benefit to the whole university."

At the end of the discussion, the board passed a resolution delegating to a special committee of trustees the authority to approve Stanford commitments in its response to the RFP, and, if applicable, the negotiation of agreements for the applied sciences facility in New York. The special committee of trustees has 10 members.

Hume said trustees expressed a "great deal of enthusiasm" for the creation of the Stanford-CUNY Collaboration at City College, which was announced earlier this week.

New home for occupants of Meyer Library

Trustees approved a $57 million proposal to move the occupants of Meyer Library into the former Graduate School of Business South Building, located between the Oval and Memorial Auditorium. The building has been empty since the Business School moved into its new campus, known as the Knight Management Center.

The five-story building was built in 1966 and more than half of the proposed scope of the project is directly attributable to deferred maintenance, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing costs required to extend the useful life of the building.

Most of the existing systems are either original equipment or in need of extensive maintenance or replacement. Also, Stanford will need to install a new fire sprinkler system to meet current county fire code requirements.

Stanford needed to find new homes for the occupants of Meyer Library because the university plans to tear down the building, rather than spend more than $45 million to bring it into compliance with current seismic safety standards.

The GSB South Building will be renovated to accommodate the East Asia Library; Academic Computing Services; Digital Library Systems and Services, Enterprise Systems and Programming, and Technical Services.

In addition, Stanford will provide classroom space for the Office of the University Registrar and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, both of which currently have classrooms in Meyer.

Inside GSB South, the East Asia Library will occupy the former Jackson Library, a two-story space with a sweeping staircase. Also, the East Asia Library will have compact shelving in the basement of the building.

The East Asia collection now housed in Meyer includes nearly 300,000 books, bound serials and journals written in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Currently, the entire East Asia collection, in its various locations, totals 686,905 volumes. Over the next 10 years, the collection – which also includes special collections, microfilm, DVDs, boxed newspapers and other media – is expected to grow to nearly 1 million volumes.

Stanford would begin renovating the GSB South Building in January 2013. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.

The proposal is expected to return to the trustees for project approval in June 2012 and for construction approval in December 2012.

Arrillaga Family Athletic Facility at SLAC

Trustees gave concept and site approval to the Arrillaga Family Athletic Facility at SLAC – the sixth Stanford athletics facility that will bear the family name of donor John Arrillaga, a Stanford alumnus, former Cardinal basketball player and successful Silicon Valley commercial real estate developer.

Stanford's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation initiated the project, in collaboration with SLAC. The Athletics Department is involved in the planning and future construction and will manage the facility when it opens.

The Athletics Department also will manage the future Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center, now under construction at the west end of Roble Field.

Preliminary plans for SLAC's $11.6 million athletics center call for a single 25,000-square-foot building with an indoor fitness facility, restrooms, showers and lockers.

Preliminary plans also call for outdoor facilities, including basketball, bocce ball, horseshoe, volleyball and tennis courts; a soccer field and a softball field; and a barbeque pavilion. The site may also offer outdoor fitness stations, jogging and bicycle paths, and a nature walk.

The new recreation center will be built on 7.5 acres inside the PEP Ring Road just north of Building 901. It will provide recreation facilities for the lab's faculty and staff, the several thousand international scientists who use the lab and residents of the Stanford Guest House, which is located on the SLAC campus.

SLAC, home of the longest linear accelerator in the world, is a multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator and particle physics research. Stanford operates SLAC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. The campus is located on 426 acres of Stanford property, 3 miles west of the university campus.

The proposal will return to trustees for design approval in December 2011.

Addition to Arrillaga Family Sports Center

Trustees gave concept and site approval to a $17 million addition to the Arrillaga Family Sports Center to consolidate the university's football program.

The Sports Center is the home of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. The building houses the department's administrative and coaching offices, a basketball court, the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame Room, a football locker room, a recreation locker room, a wrestling and martial arts room, a weight training facility, a café, a conference center and other ancillary facilities.

Stanford Football has grown in recent years. Its offices are overcrowded and its staff is scattered throughout the building. The football program has no dedicated meeting space, which means that the coaching staff must remove materials from meeting rooms after game and strategy sessions. The available meeting rooms tend to be located on different floors from coaching staff offices and player lockers. Also, the football locker room and practice field are not located next to each other.

The overcrowding is expected to worsen, because Stanford recently added more players to its football squad for a total of 105 players, the maximum number allowed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The new 28,500-square-foot building will be located in Arrillaga Plaza, between the Sports Center and the Avery Aquatic Center. The plaza will be reconfigured to better serve the existing buildings, with walkways, ramps and landscaping.

The new building will have a basement and two stories above ground. The basement will provide strength and conditioning space; the first floor will provide locker space for the football team and some space for the aquatics program. The second floor will be devoted to office, team and meeting space for the football program.

The project will return to trustees for design approval in December 2011, project approval in February 2012 and construction approval in April 2012. Construction is expected to begin in May 2012 and end in January 2013.