Stanford University’s Knight Management Center awarded LEED® Platinum Certification

15 Mar 2012

The Knight Management Center at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, making it the highest-scoring LEED Platinum school of its size.

Scoring a total of 60 points, the Knight Management Center – a sprawling 360,000ft2 eight-building complex designed to house the school’s innovative MBA curriculum – demonstrates Stanford’s commitment to environmental leadership. Achieving LEED Platinum – the highest achievable rating – provides third-party verification that a building or community has been designed and built to meet key areas of environmental and human health, including energy efficiency and water savings.

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) replaced its existing facilities with eight new academic buildings that form the new Knight Management Center campus. Sustainable features of the Knight Management Center include daylight optimisation to reduce need for artificial lighting, photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy to help supply energy demand, as well as grey water and rainwater usage to reduce need for potable water usage for sewer conveyance.

“As we train new generations of managerial leaders, we hope that Stanford’s commitment to sustainability will inspire our students to promote sustainable business practices in the future.”

-Garth Saloner, dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Opened to the public in April 2011, many collaborators  worked together to deliver this project: Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Department of Project Management, BOORA Architects, PWP Landscape Architecture, Turner Construction Company, Therma Mechanical and Arup.  Arup’s contributions to the project included structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, acousticslighting design, fire/life-safety consulting, civil engineering, and sustainability consulting. 

"Innovation and integration is at the heart of all of Arup's work. We started by evaluating the needs and wants of the campus stakeholders, the site constraints and desired building forms. Our team collaborated to create a sustainable building design that reduced energy consumption and achieved a high quality indoor environment, in particular, maximizing the use of natural lighting, natural ventilation and passive cooling systems along the North and East orientations helped achieve the energy goals of the project."

-John Williams, Associate, Arup.

The LEED certification system is the nation's preeminent, third-party verification program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. More than 7,000 projects in the world have achieved some level of LEED certification since the program began in 1993, but fewer than eight percent of all LEED projects have been awarded Platinum, which is the highest achievement in the LEED program.



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  • Exterior courtyard at Stanford Graduate School of BusinessOpen gallery

    The eight new academic buildings have been designed for sustainability from the start.