The business school’s new Knight campus will be a marvel of technology and engineering—12 acres covered by buildings fitted with up-to-the-minute features—so it is only appropriate that its construction should get some 21st-century online attention. A webcam and online video trace progress as the School’s new home rises across from the Schwab Residential Center. A “virtual” groundbreaking celebration on Oct. 10 during Alumni Weekend was visible to alumni around the world via a live online broadcast and is still visible online along with images posted every 15 seconds from two web cameras trained on the construction site. See www.gsb.stanford.edu/knightcenter.
Dubbed “First Night at Knight” and em-ceed by Tad Glauthier, MBA ’02, in a huge tent on what will become the north end of the new campus, the celebration was the first campuswide event hosted on the site. The hour-long broadcast was set against scenes of alumni, students, faculty, and staff enjoying food and music. It included interviews with Philip Knight, MBA ’62, and Robert Bass, MBA ’74, both major donors to the campus, and Stanford Business School Alumni Association.
In late August and September a webcam captured the action as large oak trees on the site were dug up, shored up in large wooden crates, and trucked off the site to be stored until they can be replanted or moved elsewhere on campus. The webcams recorded existing buildings on the site being leveled with their components separated for reuse and will follow the excavation for a four-story-deep parking garage beneath the main part of the campus. The $350 million campus will include a 600-seat auditorium, a student center, a lounge, an information center building that is the visual centerpiece, and an array of classrooms in different sizes, plus smaller collaborative spaces for use by the School’s academic programs.
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