Awarded annually by the American Institute of Architects, the honor awards for architecture are among the industry’s most prestigious and anticipated. For 2017, the jury, chaired by Mark Reddington, chose 11 winning architectural projects from around 700 submissions including the ZGF-designed Stanford Central Energy Facility.
Signifying the university’s desire to be a leader in environmental stewardship, the 125,614 SF facility that replaced an aging gas-fired central energy plant comprises five main elements. An entry court and teaching facility bridges the major plant functions, including the heat-recovery chiller and its two large cold-water storage tanks, the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and a new electrical substation that serves the entire campus.
Much more than a teaching facility and power plant, the Central Energy Facility functions as a living laboratory where faculty and students can examine the technologies and systems at work in the net-positive-energy environment. Engineers and manufacturers from North America and Europe collaborated to implement best practices found on both continents, turning the campus into one of the most efficient district energy systems in the world