Stanford Redwood City staff members get a taste – literally – of their new workplace

Stanford Redwood City
Rebecca Galvin and Scott Ray, who both work in project management for Research Administration, check out the map of the new Stanford Redwood City campus.

LISA SIMPSON was hoping at least 500 of the 2,300 staff members moving to the new Stanford Redwood City campus would come to the Thursday resource fair designed to give people a taste of their new work place.

By noon, the number of fair participants had easily exceeded 500 with still two more hours of the program to go. And staff members were still streaming out of the charter buses that were bringing them to the Arrillaga Alumni Center from points throughout campus.

The resulting crowd lent McCaw Hall a sense of what Simpson, SRWC campus services manager, called “general enthusiasm” – much to her delight and that of her fellow Redwood City operations team.

The enthusiasm could be partially attributed to the food. Chefs from the campus’ planned Cardinal Café were on hand to give staff members a sampling of the culinary offerings they will be able to choose from in Redwood City, including delicious vanilla ice cream.

Among the campus organizations represented at the fair were BeWell and the Health Improvement Program. CHRISTINA MATTA, program manager for Wellness on Wheels & Engagement Classes, found that staff members had many questions about what health-related classes would be held in Redwood City.

“People are especially excited about the pool,” Matta noted. No wonder: The pool, which is part of the campus’ high-end fitness facility, will feature a rooftop location.

KATIE RIOS, who represented Parking & Transportation Services at the fair, cited parking availability and cost, safe bike routes and shuttle service to the Redwood City Caltrain station as high priority areas of interest for upcoming Stanford Redwood City occupants. She was pleased to be able to explain that the shuttle between Stanford Redwood City and the Redwood City Caltrain station is already up and running.

Other highlights of the fair included examples of campus workstations, University IT tutorials on collaboration tools, WorkLife explanations of the Pine Cone Child Care Center project, and free flu shots courtesy of Environmental Health & Safety staff.

Simpson and her colleagues will be moving to temporary quarters within the new campus in January to begin preparations for the arrival of the first Cardinal Hall occupants in March.

Located 5 miles from the main campus, Stanford Redwood City is the university’s first major expansion. The 35-acre campus will feature four building complexes designed to foster collaborative working, a landscaped greenway, dining facilities, a child care center, fitness center, 2.4-acre park and a sustainable central energy facility.

Read the interview with CHRIS BRIGHT, campus director for Stanford Redwood City, to learn more about the upcoming campus opening. Provide feedback about the new campus or ask questions.