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.


2014-15 Graduate Housing Projects 

Escondido Village Radiant Heat Renovation for 2014-15
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 4, 7, 17, 19, 27, 31, 32, and 33 will need to move during the 2014-15 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 before their buildings are renovated. Renovations will begin on building 27 in January and on building 31 in February.  Buildings 33 and 4 will be renovated during Spring Quarter, one at a time. Buildings 7, 17, 19, and 32 will be renovated during the summer, two a time. Residents will move progressively as the renovations are completed.

Barnes Renovation Project
We are planning a renovation project for Barnes that will take place during spring and summer 2015. 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 Barnes into different housing assignments at the end of the Winter Quarter 2015 (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 two floors the beginning of Spring Quarter 2015 and finish the eighth floor by the end of August 2015. 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 2015, the residents of the first and second floors of Barnes will be offered priority for reassignment to any of the vacancies that are available in graduate housing for Spring Quarter 2015. We will send out more detailed information to those students after the start of the 2014-15 year.

Rains House Renovation Starting Summer 2015
We are planning to renovate the Rains Houses progressively over five different summers, starting in 2015. To complete the renovations, it will be necessary for us to move students into other housing before their buildings are renovated. Renovations will begin during Summer Quarter, 2015 Residents will move at the beginning of the summer to vacancies in other Rains apartments.

2014-15 Undergraduate Housing Projects

Lagunita New House Construction (Summer 2014 - Winter 2016)

Manzanita New House Construction (April 2014 - Fall 2015)

Wilbur Courtyard Renovations (2014-15)

Summer 2015 Housing Projects

The Building Renewal Program will take on 4 Row Houses in 2015.  Details will be available here as the projects progress:

Check back in Spring 2015 for details!

Current CAMPUS Construction

Lands, Buildings, and Real Estate (LBRE) Projects

Heads UP campus construction and safety notices

Campus Construction Map


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

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.