Construction & Renovation

R&DE Student Housing has a strong commitment to the constant betterment of our facilities, with a number of goals in mind, including, but definitely not limited to:  student comfort (heating systems, furnishings, carpet, etc.), health and safety (such as seismic upgrades, fire prevention and suppression, etc.), and energy/water use efficiency (double-paned windows, low flow fixtures, solar panel trials, etc.).

Below you’ll find information about current and future Student Housing projects, as well as campus projects which directly impact our residents. Further information about major projects across campus is available on the Land, Buildings and Real Estate Capital Projects page.

Construction, renovation, and repair projects will necessarily cause increased noise around directly involved and nearby residences, as well as throughout other housing areas.  While all possible measures are taken to minimize the impact of these projects, any student moving into or living in affected areas should be prepared to accept the unavoidable aspects of life in a neighborhood under construction. Continual inspections and work may occur in and around your residence prior to and up to a year after a major construction or renovation project.  Some students may be required to move to different rooms/apartments or temporarily vacate their current rooms while work is underway.

FOOTNOTE: This web page is updated periodically. Other projects may also be undertaken both in the areas of scheduled projects and in areas that have not yet been designated.

Summer 2013 Projects

Florence Moore Hall

Florence Moore Hall is receiving a significant renovation this summer.  The residential wings will receive restroom and shower room renovations; installation of gender neutral shower and toilet partitions per R&DE standards; and conversion of common area restrooms to a single-use ADA compliant restroom/shower room on one floor of each building. Resident Fellow apartment renovations will bring these units in line with current R&DE standards for square footage and provide the same program elements in each unit.

The four student lounges will be upgraded using current technology to provide common-use spaces conducive to studying and learning within the complex. Upgrades in these lounges will include new furnishings, fixtures and finishes as well as the installation of smart boards and overhead projectors to assist students with educational projects.

The entire kitchen and servery will be renovated in order to align the dining operations with current R&DE guidelines and to make the kitchen and servery more efficient from an operational, maintenance/sustainability, and programmatic support aspect.

2013-14 Housing Projects

New Graduate Housing Construction (Comstock Circle 5, 6, and 8-14)
It is a long-term goal of the University to build additional housing for graduate students. A much needed and anticipated project is in progress on Comstock Circle in Escondido Village. Escondido Village low-rise buildings 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 were removed to make room for this project. Five buildings will be built: one premium studio building for singles and/or couples, two junior studio buildings for single students, one building of 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments for single students, and a commons building. Major construction began Spring 2013. Project website: http:\\

Escondido Village Radiant Heat Renovation for 2013-14
For several years now, Student Housing has been progressively replacing the radiant heating (slab heating) systems in the Escondido Village low-rise buildings with new hydronic heating systems. Residents of buildings 1, 15, 28, 29, 35, 39, 40, 42, and 50 will need to move during the 2013-14 year in order for the next phase of renovation to proceed. Students are guaranteed alternate housing when the project reaches their building.

To complete the renovations, it is necessary for us to move students into other housing while their buildings are being renovated. Renovations will begin on building 39 in late December. Building 40 will be renovated during Winter Quarter and buildings 42 and 50 during Spring Quarter, one at a time. Buildings 35, 29, 28, 15, and 1 will be renovated during the summer, two or three at a time. Residents will move progressively as the renovations are completed.

Hulme Renovation Project
We are planning a renovation project for Hulme that will take place during spring and summer 2014. This project will improve the kitchens, install a new fire sprinkler system, and replace the water heating boiler and roof.

To complete these renovations, it will be necessary for us to move students who are living on the first and second floors of Hulme into different housing assignments at the end of the Winter Quarter 2014 (during spring break). After we renovate the first and second floors, the students living on the third and fourth floors will move permanently into the renovated apartments. We will continue to move the next two floors down into the renovated apartments until we work our way up through the eighth floor. We will start with the first floor the beginning of Spring Quarter 2014 and finish the eighth floor by the end of August 2014. Student Housing will provide you with boxes and moving assistance when your floor is scheduled to be renovated. Each set of two floors will take about five weeks to renovate.

At the end of Winter Quarter 2014, the residents of the first and second floors of Hulme will be offered priority for reassignment to any of the vacancies that are available in graduate housing for Spring Quarter 2014. We will send out more detailed information to those students after the start of the 2013-14 year.

Current CAMPUS Construction

Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center

Construction on the new Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center started during Summer 2011 and will continue through early 2014. This new facility, bringing numerous recreation opportunities to residents living on the west side of campus, will be located on Roble Field. Information on the project is available on the LBRE website:

Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI)

The SESI project, managed by Stanford’s Department of Project Management, consists of the construction of the Replacement Central Energy Facility (RCEF) for Stanford as well as the installation of hot water pipes that will replace steam piping throughout the campus. This project will substantially reduce Stanford's energy usage for heating and cooling, resulting in lower criteria air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions than the existing Central Energy Facility (CEF), as well as a substantial reduction in the University's potable water use. The RCEF will replace the building heating and cooling functions currently provided by Stanford's aging existing CEF. The RCEF will also include a new electrical substation; the existing CEF and the existing Palou substation will be decommissioned.

Piping Construction Work - The necessary underground piping work and building conversions that will take place across campus will lend to the improved energy usage of both piping and heating/cooling distribution. In total, nearly 155 buildings across campus will require conversion from steam to hot water piping. This project also requires temporary regional heat exchangers to be built in various locations on campus in order to connect hot water piping by area. These heat exchangers will be removed once the Replacement Central Energy Facility is fully commissioned. Project completion: April 2015

For further information regarding the SESI project, please visit:
Official SESI Piping and Building Construction Map, Schedule and Weekly Updates Page
Overall SESI Project Information
LBRE/DPM Construction Projects Page for SESI
Subscribe to receive the weekly SESI newsletter

Future University Projects

Manzanita Park Expansion Plan

An exciting new project which is currently in planning phases is the addition of a final building to complete the Manzanita Park complex.  Check back for more information as this project develops!

FOOTNOTE: This web page is updated periodically. Other projects may also be undertaken both in the areas of scheduled projects and in areas that have not yet been designated.