News on Campus
IN THE BEST CUTTING-EDGE STYLE
The first part of Stanfords facelift is finished
t is the biggest building boom since the
founding of the university: nearly $1 billion in remodeling and
construction in just eight years. After a summer-long construction
blitz, the university can boast a renovated Memorial Auditorium, an
expanded Serra Mall, two new graduate residences and a facelift that
included nearly two dozen parking and repaving works. Many other major
projects are approaching completion.
But that is just information for outsiders.
For insiders like Ken Sherwin, things have a different look. In early
August, Sherwin, a white-haired lab technician, knew time was running
out as he struggled to remove wooden planks from a bookshelf in the
40-year-old Physics Tank. The following day the electricity was turned
off, leaving the officially named Bloch Auditorium in the dark for good.
A demolition crew moved in with a wrecking machine to chew up the
walkway roof and columns surrounding the lecture hall. The noisy
machine, which maneuvered across the ground like a crab, pounded away at
the concrete walls of the hatbox, as the building was nicknamed by
Almost from the day it was built, architects have wanted to get rid of
it, 77-year-old Sherwin said. [The tank] doesnt blend in. It doesnt
have a tile roof.
The removal of the tank, built in 1957, clears the way for a palm-lined
pathway leading from the Inner Quad to the new Science and Engineering
Quadrangle, or SEQ, which is scheduled for completion in 1998. It will
restore the intent of architect Frederick Law Olmsteds 1888 plan for
the layout of the university.
The SEQ project also includes four new buildings: Electrical
Engineering, Statistics, the SEQ Teaching Facility and a new Materials
Research Annex. The new buildings will be integrated into the heart of
the university with a courtyard that complements the original