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Science and Engineering Quad Master Plan and Design Guidelines – Stanford University

Stanford, California

Campus Planning and Design

Completed in 2004

National Award for Campus Planning, SCUP, 2010                                       

In 2004, Stanford University held a national design competition for the creation of a comprehensive vision and plan for a new Science and Engineering Quad.  Comprised of four new interconnected buildings on 8.5 acres, Stanford’s new Science and Engineering Quad (SEQ) provides 550,000 square feet of flexible, interdisciplinary space for teaching and research.   The plan, which has been in implementation over the last 8 years, includes three completed buildings: the Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, the Huang Engineering Center, and the Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Center.  A fourth building for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering is also planned.

 

Specific goals for the master plan included:

  • Establishing a comprehensive and unified architectural vision for the quad that reinforces the strengths of the original campus while also setting the tone for future development
  • Creating an interdisciplinary hub for science and engineering to leverage multidisciplinary teaching and research
  • Designing the new quad for 100 years while also providing for future flexibility
  • Developing a set of custom performance criteria to govern sustainable design that reflect Stanford’s goals and sets a new precedent for integrated sustainable design on campus
  • Creating a constructability road map that allows Stanford to develop the new quad in multiple phases of design and construction

The SEQ Master Plan and Design Guidelines established a comprehensive planning strategy for the implementation of the new quad.  The buildings are organized on a modular planning strategy that utilizes a consistent structural grid and floor to floor heights to maximize efficiency and flexibility.  Program elements are treated generically to standardize systems and infrastructure needs.  To ensure a consistent aesthetic vision over multiple phases, guidelines govern  every aspect of the exterior appearance of the buildings.  The Master Plan also guides the sustainable performance of the quad through custom criteria that set specific targets for energy and water conservation as well as materials and construction techniques.  Additionally, the plan provides guidance for phasing, site logistics, infrastructure, utilities and cost.

Viewed as the most comprehensive and successful master plan to be implemented on the campus since Olmsted’s original plan, Stanford University subsequently commissioned the same team to design, document and oversee the construction of the buildings around the quad.  In 2010, the SEQ Master Plan and Design Guidelines received an Award for Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component from The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

The SEQ Master Plan and Design Guidelines was completed while Isaac Campbell was a Principal at Boora Architects.