Annual Features

2017-18 Completed Projects

View the 2017-18 Sustainability Year in Review to explore more in-depth data on buildings and grounds. 

  • The 123,000-gross-square-foot Bass Biology Building was constructed as part of Stanford’s Science, Engineering, and Medical Campus Initiative. The building islocated between Gates Computer Science and Mudd Chemistry and provides shared spaces for collaboration; innovative instrumentation; and laboratories for students, faculty, and research staff. Incorporating lessons learned from earlier buildings, Bass Biology uses heat recovery, zone-level heating and cooling, and reduced airflow in labs during non-occupied hours.
  • The 55,000-gross-square-foot David and Joan Traitel Building, an office and conference center for the Hoover Institute completed construction in summer 2017 at the site of the old Cummings Art Building. This project represents the first expansion in over 35 years for the university-affiliated think tank. The building is the first office space to use the new benchmark energy targets. The design team has incorporated heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, and plug load innovations to meet the challenging targets.  Since completion in summer of 2017, the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM) has been tracking building energy use and working with operations staff to address any performance shortfalls.
  • The Denning House was built to serve as a hub for the Knight Hennessey Scholars program, which brings outstanding graduate students to Stanford from around the world. The wooden structure blends into its wooded lakeside site and has a number of sustainable features. It takes advantage of natural ventilation with the help of ceiling fans in the second floor dining room, lounge, and classroom. "Bird friendly" glass was used for the large windows. The glass has a UV pattren on it that is mostly invisible to humans but visible to birds to avoid collisons. The recessed footings and use of boardwalks instead of sidewalks help protect and promote the site's native vegetation. 
  • While Kingscote Gardens is not a new building on campus—in fact, at 100 years old it is among the oldest—the extensive retrofit project that wrapped up in 2018 involved comprehensive updates to almost all aspects of the building, transitioning it from residential to office space for ten different university programs. The retrofit project included updates to the structure of the building to meet seismic safety standards, as well as high-efficiency equipment upgrades across its energy and water fixtures and systems. The building also now includes a shower, to support and encourage those who bike to work.

2016-17 Completed Projects

View the 2016-17 Sustainability Year in Review to explore more in-depth data on buildings and grounds. 

  • As an extension of the Stanford Energy System Innovations program, Stanford recently completed installation of 4.5 MW of solar photovoltaic panels on rooftops across campus. Buildings were chosen based on a variety of factors, including aesthetic concerns, orientation, roof size and slope, and construction issues, and have joined a total of 32 structures with solar photovoltaic panels on their rooftops. Construction wrapped up in spring of 2017, to supply the campus with additional clean energy that feeds directly into facilities, offsetting energy purchased through the grid.


For years prior to 2016-17, please refer to the annual reviews, available in our resource library