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.
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