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Trustees approve construction of two Knoll houses for students

STANFORD -- Stanford University trustees have approved construction of two new campus undergraduate residences, on the south side of the Knoll.

The June 12 action, plus the fall completion of the Manzanita North and South residences on the old Manzanita Park trailer site, means that incoming freshmen will have four years of guaranteed on-campus housing.

"It's a wonderful moment," said Alice Supton, associate dean for residential education. "We are now in a position to have bed spaces for all undergraduate students who want to live on campus."

The new Knoll houses will be on the north side of Campus Drive East, near its intersection with Gerona Road. One will be similar to Stanford's existing row houses, with space for 60 to 70 beds. The other, for 110 to 120 students, will be modeled after the Governor's Corner suites, but with a large lounge, central stairways and shared entrances to increase interaction among the residents.

Each house will have its own dining room as part of a single dining/kitchen complex that will serve to unify them. A computer room, laundry facility and seminar room also will be shared.

Both buildings will be made accessible to disabled residents and visitors through elevators and creative use of the sloped site.

Funding for the $13.5 million project will be provided through long-term debt, to be paid through housing rents and food service charges. Construction will begin in early June 1993, with completion anticipated by August 1994.

The new spaces in the Knoll houses will replace those lost when the Synergy and Delta Tau Delta student residences were severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Synergy was razed; the Delt house was destroyed by a fire.

A third damaged row house, Cooksey House (formerly the Phi Psi co-op), was deemed to be of historical significance and saved. Repair of that 1900 structure will cost about $1.45 million, to be financed through the long-term lease of eight lots (totaling 2.97 acres) for custom single-family faculty homes on San Juan Hill, where Synergy and the Delt house stood.

When completed, Cooksey House should provide space for 43 student beds. The project should be finished by August 1993.

In related business, trustees heard a report on the new Housing and Food Service 10-Year Capital Improvements Plan, the first major effort in 30 years to systematically upgrade and remodel all of Stanford's older student residences, thus ensuring more equity in the student housing system.

The 1992-93 portion of the plan calls for renovation of 150 apartments in Escondido Village and Mirrielees; renovations in Wilbur Hall next summer; structural repairs to the Beta, Storey, 553 Mayfield and Muwekma-Tah-Ruk row houses; and installation of computer clusters in residences that do not have them.

Those and similar housing improvements across campus over the next decade are estimated to cost $79 million, to be financed through gifts and short- and long-term debt to be paid through Housing and Food Service room and board charges.

Stanford currently has one of the largest and most diverse student housing systems in the nation, with more than 8,900 on-campus spaces for single undergraduates, and almost 3,000 spaces for single graduate students couples without children and students with children.

Since 1970, a total of 1,700 new beds have been added at Stanford for undergraduates and 1,300 beds have been added for graduate students.



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