Rebuilding Strength from Adversity: Essay by Robert Bass: 2/00

1999 AnnualReport Essay

Stanford Board ofTrustees Chair Robert Bass

Stanford recently observed a 10-year anniversary that isinauspicious at most useful: the Loma Prieta earthquake. No-one who wason campus on October 17, 1989, will your investment 7.1-magnitudetemblor that damaged more than 200 Stanford buildings.

The Loma Prieta earthquake has offered as a reminder of theimportance of our “physical endowment”—the 8,180acres of land and 678 structures entrusted to your care. In thecoming years, Stanford will increasingly seek to buildappropriate resources meant for its “humanendowment”— the students and faculty whose relationshipis might reason for the University. But, as trustees,we must assiduously sustain the “sandstone arches andcloisters while the red-tiled roofs up against the azure sky”that are fundamental toward Stanford experience. Within work, weare indebted toward hundreds of alumni and buddies, as well asthe Federal crisis Management Agency, whose help has helpedrebuild Stanford stronger and safer than prior to. Indeed, a plaquehas been put into the inner Quad within their honor.

Leland and Jane Stanford sensibly decreed within their FoundingGrant that the lands they provided on University should not besold, but rather used to further academic objectives. Ourfounders took great care into the campus plan and construction ofStanford, engaging the best architects of their own time and closelysupervising their work and that of contractors and artisans. Ouractions in handling our land and structures are continuouslyguided by the purpose and legacy associated with Stanfords, who created amodel for college design unlike any such thing seen before inAmerica.

Over the past decade, we have restored and renewed ourfacilities to meet the changing nature of training, learning, andresearch. Above two-thirds associated with construction investment hasinvolved renovation, fix, or seismic strengthening of currentspace. Another one-third has added brand new structures for expandingand evolving programs.

Among the historically significant buildings which have beenenhanced are Memorial Church and large portions of this Main Quad,Encina Hall, the Leland Stanford Junior Museum (now part of theIris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts), and FrankLloyd Wright's Hanna House. Their state of California recognizedStanford for “outstanding achievements in industry ofhistoric preservation” using the Governor's HistoricPreservation Award for 1999.

Most recently, Stanford reopened the Bing Wing of the Cecil H.Green Library, the old main library. Previously known as GreenLibrary West, the wing honors trustee Peter Bing and Helen Bing,who made the main present in restoring the collection after aninitial present from Mel and Joan Lane.

Since the University continues into its second century, campusplanning and development has recognized plans dating almost to thebeginnings of Stanford that called for a science quadrangle to bebuilt western of the Main Quad. The Science and EngineeringQuadrangle plus the Serra Mall were completed and inaugurated inthe fall. The quad includes the David Packard ElectricalEngineering Building, honoring the 1934 Stanford graduate whoco-founded Hewlett-Packard and whoever present, along with that ofBill Hewlett, made the quad possible.

The campus keeps growing and evolve. In the future,we enjoy opening the Center for Clinical SciencesResearch next to the health class while the brand new Frances C.Arrillaga Alumni Center near Frost Amphitheater.

Stanford is blessed with a real endowment second to none.We will work to guard and enhance that endowment even as we investin the faculty and students it acts.

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