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Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building – Stanford University

Stanford, California

Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Research

Completed in 2010

Designed to LEED Gold performance – not certified 

As the third building on Stanford’s new Science and Engineering Quad, the 100,000-square-foot Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building is a multidisciplinary research and teaching center that provides vital facilities for experiments, measurements and synthesis at the nano scale. It also provides critical low vibration space (VCE and VCD), including a sub-basement for leading edge nanotechnology research labs.

The building supports three user groups: Photon and Quantum Science and Engineering; Nano Science and Engineering; and Biological Science and Engineering. These groups have established a convergence of research and equipment needs that require state of the art facilities. The labs in the building include:

  • A crystal shop
  • A nano patterning laboratory
  • A flexible clean room for micro-fabrication
  • An optical materials characterization lab

The Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building also aims to define a new standard for the performance and livability of lab buildings on campus making extensive use of daylighting and natural ventilation in the non-lab areas through a large central atrium. The building will reduce energy consumption 30-40% below California Title-24.

Connected through basement-level research and lab areas to the adjacent Huang Engineering Center and the fourth building on the quad, a future Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering Building, the Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building will foster direct collaboration between nano research and related disciplines including biological sciences and engineering, materials and applied sciences, and applied physics. As research within the Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building is also generating foundational insights for the school of medicine, its proximity to the medical school makes it an important link between SEQ and School of Medicine.

Isaac Campbell was the Project Designer for the Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building while a Principal at Boora Architects.