Stanford University | Replacement Central Energy Facility
Palo Alto, CA
Photos: Matthew Anderson, R+C
  • 125,000 sf
  • The new central energy facility recovers and uses waste heat from the campus chilled water system to meet the bulk of campus heating needs
  • All-electric facility

The $438 million Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) initiative is among the most energy efficient systems of any major research university. For the new Central Energy Facility, R+C replaced the current natural gas powered cogeneration plant with an electrically powered regeneration plant that features heat recovery chillers and thermal energy storage. The most innovative component of the plan—the cutting-edge energy system—regenerates low-grade heat to meet campus needs for simultaneous heating and cooling. Rutherford + Chekene was structural engineer of record for the project and also provided 3-D modeling/clash detection for nonstructural bracing of piping and anchorage of equipment.