Stanford University Gears Up for Construction Projects

STANFORD, Calif. — During the Stanford University Board of Trustees’ June meeting, members reviewed and discussed the progress of campus construction projects.

One of the highlights of the meeting was that plans for Denning House, the new home of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, are moving forward after the Stanford Board of Trustees gave concept and site approval, according to Stanford News. The two-story building will house the program’s administrative staff as well as meeting and dining spaces for the international graduate students admitted to the program. It will also feature multipurpose lecture spaces and discussion rooms. The 20,000-square-foot facility will be funded by a donation from trustee Chair Steven Denning and wife Roberta.

Other construction projects discussed in the meeting included the 2,400-bed graduate housing complex in Escondido Village, which is expected to break ground next year. The first units in the new faculty housing development at University Terrace are also expected to open within the upcoming school year.

Additionally, the board gave construction approval for the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Biology Research Building, which will provide laboratory research space for roughly half of the department’s faculty, staff and technicians. The four-story building is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

Board members further approved the Kingscote Gardens renovation, which will convert former apartments into space for student support programs such as counseling, diversity and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. Construction includes remodeling the 99-year-old building by 2017.

Lastly, the board approved the renovation of the Schwab Residential Center, which houses graduate business students. The renovation will include upgrading kitchens and bathrooms, and will be completed in September 2017.