New Highland Hall Offers Integrated Living and Learning Environment for all First-Year MBA Students


New Highland Hall Offers Integrated Living and Learning Environment for all First-Year MBA Students

The opening of Highland Hall this fall enables the Stanford Graduate School of Business to offer nearly all first-year MBA students desiring to live on campus a place to call home.
September 28, 2016
External view of Highland Hall looking toward Serra St.
The 3- and 4-story Highland Hall features 202 living units adjacent to the 280-unit Schwab Residential Center, and across Serra Street from the Knight Management Center. | Elena Zhukova

The new $75 million structure with its orange and purple hues is not only a striking architectural addition to Serra Street, but also signals the culmination of the vision for the Knight Management Center complex just steps away.

“We are thrilled to open Highland Hall and welcome the Class of 2018 to the expanded Stanford GSB Residences,” said Jonathan Levin, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business. “The new Highland Hall provides students with more space for collaboration as well as informal gatherings, supporting the goal of the GSB Residences to foster a vibrant community that is fully integrated with the GSB experience.”

Construction started 2 years ago on the 3- and 4-story buildings featuring 202 living units that are clustered around open courtyards to take advantage of the balmy California weather. An adjacent 4,100-square-foot special event pavilion will be completed at the end of 2016 and will be available to the entire campus, offering the kind of interdisciplinary synergy for which Stanford is well known.

We are thrilled to open Highland Hall and welcome the Class of 2018 to the expanded Stanford GSB Residences.
Dean Jonathan Levin

The choice of the architectural design firms, Legorreta + Legorreta of Mexico City, and Steinberg Architects of San Jose, was deliberate to ensure that Highland Hall fits seamlessly with the 280-unit Schwab Residential Center located next door and designed by the same firms.

Margaret Long Hayes, assistant dean of the MBA program, said the GSB Residences are designed to offer an environment where students can live, study, relax, and connect with fellow business students as well as the rest of the Stanford community.

“The GSB Residences offer students an inclusive and engaging home that supports safety and wellness,” she said.

—By Katherine Conrad

The rooftop lounge looks out on Hoover Tower to the west. | Elena Zhukova
The top of the entry tower is just visible from the rooftop lounge. | Elena Zhukova
The tower entrance to Highland Hall. | Elena Zhukova
Highland Hall tower. | Elena Zhukova
Third floor terrace lounge looks out on Hoover Tower. | Elena Zhukova
Multi-colored courtyards are a key feature of the Mexican-style architecture. | Elena Zhukova
Hallway in Highland Hall
The same architectural firms that designed the Schwab Residential Center were engaged for Highland Hall. | Elena Zhukova
Brightly colored ceiling of hallway in Highland Hall
Bright colors punctuate the design by Legorreta + Legorreta and Steinberg Architects. | Elena Zhukova
Seating in a common area of Highland Hall
A plethora of meeting spaces invite students to collaborate and connect with each other in this integrated living and learning environment. | Elena Zhukova
Bedroom of a Highland Hall suite
The 202 units have private entrances and baths, as well as a shared kitchen. | Elena Zhukova
Desk in bedroom of a Highland Hall suite
The rooms in Highland are similar to those in the Schwab Residential Center. | Elena Zhukova
Ground floor lounge and dining room. | Elena Zhukova.
Stanford GSB Dean Jonathan Levin greets staff at a reception in the large courtyard. | Elena Zhukova
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