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
  • ENR Global Best Project 2016: Best Green Project for Stanford Energy System Innovations

The $438 million Stanford Energy System Innovations program creates one of the most energy efficient systems of any major research university. A central part of the program, Rutherford + Chekene 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—uses waste heat from more than 150 campus buildings and redistributes it for heating purposes. Rutherford + Chekene was the structural engineer-of-record for the project, the OSHPD primary design professional, and provided 3-D modeling/clash detection for nonstructural bracing of piping and anchorage of equipment.