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Knight Management Center, Graduate School of Business – Stanford University

Stanford, California

Higher Education, Professional School

Completed 2011

LEED Platinum NC Certified                                                         Net zero energy – with offsets

Stanford University’s new Knight Management Center is a 9 building LEED Platinum complex for the Graduate School of Business. Named in honor of GSB alumnus and Nike founder Phil Knight, the 360,000 square foot facility has been designed to meet the needs of the school’s new MBA curriculum, embody its commitment to social responsibility and take full advantage of the school’s intimate scale and informal California culture.

Conceived as a permeable complex of buildings and open spaces, the campus gives form to the school’s philosophical goal of greater interdisciplinary collaboration through physical connections to neighboring areas of campus. Despite its size, the campus is intentionally designed to create an intimate feel. The scale of the buildings is carefully modulated and organized around a series of small-scale outdoor spaces and courtyards, taking full advantage of the temperate South Bay climate.

33 flexible state-of-the-art classrooms and 70 breakout rooms reduce class size and create a collaborative hands-on learning environment supported by technology that links students and faculty to neighbors nearby and around the globe. In addition to faculty, staff and administrative offices, the new campus includes a 600-seat lecture hall, a new dining pavilion, event spaces, a business library, an underground parking structure for 900 vehicles, and dedicated space for career management and executive education.

The design of the Knight Management Center seeks to embody the school’s commitment to social responsibility through a design that will achieve a LEED Platinum rating. Specific targets include:

  • Energy consumption 45% below code (includes a 500 KW rooftop PV array)
  • Reduction of potable water consumption 30% below campus standards
  • Recycle or salvage 50% to 75% of non-hazardous construction debris
  • Use of rainwater or re-circulated gray water for 80% of building sewage conveyance
  • Use of low or non-volatile organic compound-emitting materials
  • Satisfying the university’s Guidelines for Sustainable Building while also achieving LEED Platinum certification.

While a Principal at Boora Architects, Isaac Campbell was the Project Designer for the Knight Management Center.