Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Energy and Environment Building (Y2E2)

Stanford University
Published 11-18-2008
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The first building in Stanford's new 553,000-sf, eight-acre Science and Engineering Quad (SEQ-2) is the $118-million Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2).

The 166,500-sf teaching and research facility consists of three stories plus a basement and contains various wet and dry teaching and research labs, classrooms, offices, auditoriums, and associated support spaces. Every floor has a comfortable arrangement of couches and chairs for spontaneous collaboration, and a café will open in the near future.

Stanford’s vision for the SEQ-2 is one of academic, social, economic, and ecological sustainability. It underscores the University’s broader commitment to finding ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The Y2E2 is projected to use 56 percent less energy than a typical building of its size. A soaring skylight tops each of the four atriums in the building, providing natural light and ventilation.

The lab piping systems include compressed air, lab vacuum, natural gas, DI water, and lab waste. Recycled water is piped into the Y2E2 from Stanford’s on-site water treatment plant through the site piping system. Stanford’s goal is to reduce potable water use (excluding landscape irrigation) compared to similar existing buildings on campus. The reduction of potable water use for this building is projected to be approximately 55 percent. High-performance features include windows designed to maximize light and shade and electronic systems designed to control mechanical systems. Various types of solar panels were chosen for the roof because of their value as research and teaching aids.

Y2E2 was designed to fulfill several missions: to conserve, to inspire, and to teach. Its occupants--biologists, Earth scientists, ecologists, economists, engineers, legal scholars, and policy analysts--teach and research sustainability.

Stanford is pioneering energy-efficient ways of operating a university campus. Y2E2 is the third green building to be completed on the Palo Alto, Calif., campus. It serves as a template for the three other buildings planned for the SEQ-2: the School of Engineering Center, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and the Bioengineering/Chemical Engineering Building.

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Project Data
Project Type: 
New Construction
Completion Date: 
March, 2008
Palo Alto, CA
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Higher Education
BOORA Architects
CAS Architects
Hathaway Dinwiddie
Ray L. Hellwig Mechanical Co.
Contractor - Plumbing
Greene Engineers
Engineer - Plumbing
Wind Tunnel Testing and Consulting