Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: BOORA Architects (firm); Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company (firm); Stanley Boles (architect); William Starrett Dinwiddie Sr. (building contractor); E. A. Hathaway (building contractor); Thomas Pene (architect)

Dates: constructed 2006-2007

3 stories, total floor area: 166,565 sq. ft.

473 Via Ortega
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

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The most energy-efficient building on the Stanford University Campus when it opened in 2008, the Jerry Yang-Akiko Yamazaki Building achieved a LEED Platinum rating. The building was meant to foster interdisciplinary research among researchers in researchers from Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth Sciences, Conservation Biology and Ecology, Economics and Natural Resource Management, and Environmental Policy and Law. Designed by Portland, OR-based BOORA Architects and erected by the Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, the Y2E2 was built between 07/2006 and 11/2007, with tenants moving in by early 2008.

Building History

This building, funded by a donation from Yahoo founder and Stanford alum, Jerry Yang, was designed to be highly flexible and energy efficient, and received a LEED Platinum score, the US Green Building Council's top conservation rating. The Stanford University Environment Portal stated of it: "Opened in 2008, the Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment + Energy Building (Y2E2), was the first large-scale, mixed-use, high-performance building at Stanford to house cross-disciplinary teams and programs with teaching and research focused on sustainability. Y2E2 continues to serve as a learning tool for both building occupants and the campus community and recently earned a LEED-EBOM (Existing Building: Operations & Maintenance) Platinum certification, the highest rating awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). As the first LEED-EBOM certification on campus, the Y2E2 project allowed Stanford to evaluate the benefits of the certification process and further investigate opportunities in design and operation of high-performance buildings." The article indicated five main areas where energy was conserved in the Y2E2 Building: "1.) A high-performance envelope (roof, walls, windows, sunshades and light shelves) to reduce heating and cooling loads. 2.) Natural ventilation via internal atria, windows, and vents with efficient active beams for mechanical cooling when needed. 3.) Three solar photovoltaic demonstration installations to offset energy use. 4.) Water conservation systems, including waterless urinals and dual-flush toilets. Recycled water from Stanford’s Central Energy Facility is used in toilets, urinals, and for some lab processes. 5.) Extensive use of recycled materials and sustainable products, such as bamboo. Exposed concrete floors significantly reduced carpet use and saved tons of raw materials." (See Stanford University, "Environmental Portal: Yang & Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building," accessed 06/22/2016.)

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