Thanks in part to a $105M gift from Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight (MBA ’62), the Stanford GSB is constructing a new $350M campus. The 360,000 square foot campus of the Knight Center, expected to open in 2011, will expand the school’s existing campus footprint by 100,000 square feet. The extended campus is intended to allow the use of a wider variety of teaching methods and to increase interaction among students and faculty, including those from other Stanford University schools. In addition to offering facilities for cross-disciplinary classes and lectures, the Knight Center is employing sustainable practices with respect to site development and the conservative use of water and energy. As a result, the GSB will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification—the highest level of LEED certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council—in recognition of the campus’s minimal environmental impact.
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