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On April 29, 2011, the Stanford Graduate School of Business opens the Knight Management Center, a new facility of eight buildings around three quads designed to support an innovative MBA curriculum put in place in 2007. The center is expected to achieve the highest LEED Platinum® rating for environmental sustainability from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“The best buildings in the world derive from a clear sense of what people want them to become,” said Stan Boles, principal architect for Boora Architects, which also designed four environmentally sustainable buildings in the new Science and Engineering Quad at Stanford. “We were inspired by the Stanford Graduate School of Business vision for educating the world’s future leaders. Innovation and collaboration are paramount.”
Together, the Knight Management Center and the adjacent Schwab Residential Center for MBA students and executive education participants foster interdisciplinary learning and demonstrate the commitment of the Stanford GSB to environmental leadership. Construction of the Knight Management Center further leverages Stanford University President John L. Hennessy’s call for the University to be a force for change on issues of global importance, especially regarding the environment.
Filled with light and the latest technology, the 360,000-square-foot facility underscores what is taught in many of the Stanford GSB’s electives such as Environmental Entrepreneurship and Environmental Science for Managers and Policy Makers, as well as in core classes covering sustainability across the functions of business, and in its MBA/MS Environment and Resources joint degree program.
Green aspects of the building that contribute to its high sustainability rating include:
Stanford’s Sustainable Master Plan Legacy
Frederick Law Olmsted’s master plan for Stanford University, developed in the late 1800s, set the Main Quad as the dominant feature of the campus. For the 21st century and beyond, Stanford has embarked on a mission to build on and restore the original master plan by reinforcing Serra Street as the primary east/west axis for the campus. Placing the Graduate School of Business at the east end of Serra Street, with the School of Medicine at the west end, strengthens the importance of Serra Street as the primary campus link.
This east/west axis is also the ideal orientation for sustainable building design. The Knight Management Center takes advantage of the southern exposure to reduce the need for artificial lighting, while the long north orientation allows the buildings to take advantage of the Mediterranean climate through the use of operable windows providing natural ventilation to many interior spaces.
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Helen K. Chang