Stanford student residences undergo summer renovations

Residential & Dining Services spent the summer renovating Florence Moore and Row houses, and building graduate housing in Escondido Village. All this while hosting 54 adult conferences and 196 youth conferences and camps.

L.A. Cicero Student entering Florence Moore Hall

Florence Moore Hall was upgraded during the summer, with improvements made to the kitchen and serving area, residential wings and student lounges.

Undergraduates and graduate students are returning to significantly upgraded living accommodations, thanks to work done this summer by Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE). The work ranged from complete building renovations to routine upgrades to life-safety updates.

R&DE's main undergraduate focus was the venerable Florence Moore Hall, located on Mayfield Avenue and constructed in 1956. Florence Moore consists of seven houses – some all freshmen, some four-class and some upperclass – and accommodates about 500 students. The kitchen and serving area were transformed to make them more efficient and contemporary, residential wings received upgraded restrooms and the resident fellow apartments were updated and enhanced. In addition, upgrades to student lounges provide enhanced common spaces for studying and learning. Additions include new technological equipment, such as smart boards, to help students with group projects.

Five popular Row undergraduate houses – Columbae, Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, Grove, Slavianskii Dom and 576 Alvarado – also received upgrades. Several building fire escapes were removed from the outside of the houses and incorporated into the structures with new interior or exterior staircases. Many kitchens and all bathrooms were renovated, receiving new plumbing and fixtures. Doors and windows were replaced and electrical systems upgraded. Landscape improvements included updated bike parking, new plantings and new patios. The Muwekma-Tah-Ruk resident fellow apartment was also remodeled.

In addition, Burbank, which is located in the Stern residential complex, was renovated to accommodate two new integrated learning environments: Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture (ITALIC) and Science in the Making: Integrated Learning Environment (SIMILE).

Work also has progressed on the new Comstock Graduate Housing project. The project is located in the center of Escondido Village, which houses graduate students on the east side of campus. Construction began in April with the removal of nine low-rise apartment buildings to create space for a residential complex featuring 436 new beds. The project will eventually result in five new buildings: one premium studio building for singles and/or couples, two junior studio buildings for single students, one building of two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartments for single students, and a large, unifying commons building that will provide centralized study, meeting, event and laundry spaces.

Additionally, this spring and summer, R&DE upgraded 10 graduate housing buildings as part of the ongoing project to retrofit the heating systems in Escondido Village low-rises. The work encompassed removing the older in-slab heating systems, installing new hydronic heating and energy-efficient windows and refreshing finishes. Two additional wheelchair-accessible units were created, as well.

In McFarland, 63 apartments were converted from one-bedroom units to two-bedroom efficiency apartments. The efficiency model provides two single students each with a private bedroom and a shared kitchen and bath. They are popular among graduate students because of their high-value amenities and low cost.

The summer work all was done while R&DE accommodated an increased number of summer session students, as well as students who remain on campus for internships, research, training and summer jobs. Summer session housed 1,227 undergraduate students, up from 1,104 in 2012, as well as 512 summer high school students. In addition, Summer Conferences hosted 19,447 participants in 54 adult conferences and 196 youth conferences and camps. Visitors spent more than 170,000 nights on campus.

Between summer school students and conference guests, all available housing was in use for the summer. Summer revenue generated by housing and dining supports Stanford students by reducing the cost of room and board during the academic year.