The demolition of Stanford University’s 125,000 SF Meyer Library is now underway (photo reflects progress as of Thursday 2/26). This long time centerpiece of the Stanford campus, originally constructed in 1962, having served generations of students is being replaced by a landscaped plaza designed by Sissela Mallmstrom
Hohbach-Lewin provided structural consulting services for the demolition to ensure that the chompers did not fall through the center of the earth. Motivation for the project includes the fact that preliminary estimates to seismically upgrade the building were approximately $45M. Stanford’s General Use Permit (GUP) agreement with Santa Clara County caps the gross square footage of space allowed on campus. Removing the functionally obsolete and seismically hazardous Meyer Library paves the way for new campus construction.
A sunken amphitheater will be constructed on the site utilizing existing pulverized concrete from Meyer’s library. Key function of the Meyer library, storing out of circulation books, is being taken off site while other functions will be transferred to the new Lathrop Library.