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Construction of new economics building to start

STANFORD -- Construction is scheduled to start in October on a new, $11 million building for the department of economics and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). The 46,000-gross-square-feet building was paid for entirely by gifts, including one anonymous $5 million donation. The building, at the northwest corner of Serra and Galvez, will provide faculty, visiting faculty, staff and graduate student offices, as well as classrooms and conference facilities.

During the 14-month construction period, the parking lot adjacent to Memorial Auditorium will be closed, according to Susan Calderon, project manager. When the building opens, more than half of the existing parking lot will aga in be available.

Two entrances are planned for the building; the main entrance will be from Serra Street, and a CEPR entrance will be located on Galvez Street. The mature heritage oak tree on the east side will be preserved and incorporated int o the design of the CEPR entry, Calderon said. The tree bosquet character on the west side of the site, adjacent to Memorial Auditorium, also will be maintained and will connect with a building courtyard.

The architects, of the San Francisco firm Anshen + Allen, and consulting engineers, of Ove Arup, have designed a building that should blend in well with the surrounding area. A steel-braced frame system will be used, with floor slabs of concrete over metal decking. The ventilation system is primarily natural, with operable windows, to reduce operating costs. The exterior cladding will consist of steel-stud framing with cement plaster-insulated walls and will be enriched with a cast stone base, sills and headers at the windows, doors and openings. The roof will be tiled in the Stanford tradition.



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