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Stanford's Knight Management Center To Receive LEED Platinum

Using solar power generation, recycled materials, and a water-efficient sewage system, Stanford University's new Knight Management Center will achieve a LEED Platinum rating for environmental sustainability, according to information released by the school.

The 360,000 square foot facility includes eight buildings around three quadrangles and an 870-car underground parking structure.

Sustainable features of the $345 million project include:

  • Narrow classroom buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows to reduce the need for electric lighting;
  • Occupancy sensors for the lighting;
  • Rooftop photovoltaic solar panels generating 500,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year;
  • Automated skylights and windows that will release hot air and draw in cool air over night; and
  • Rainwater and recycled gray water will be used to reduce the use of potable water for sewage conveyance by 80 percent.

The new facility will be part of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is being funded in part by a $105 million commitment from Nike CEO and SGSB alumnus Phil Knight.

The formal opening of the Knight Management Center will be April 29, though classes began meeting in the facility in January.

More information is available here.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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