Stanford University's Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building and Forsythe Data Center

Monday, October 1
5 to 10 p.m.

Attendees had the opportunity to visit the Stanford University campus on Monday evening to see and learn about a new research facility and efficient data center.

The Lokey building

The Lokey building                                   Image credit: Robert Canfield

The Lokey building opened in 2010/2011, and is now Stanford University's most energy-efficient laboratory. It is the largest stem-cell-only facility in the world, covering 200,000 gross square feet; it houses more than 40 faculty research programs, showcasing Stanford Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute laboratory work. The group toured the new facility and discussed the energy-efficient design as well as the School of Medicine's laboratory planning process.

Inside the Forsythe Data Center
Inside the Forsythe Data Center


The 35-year-old Forsythe Data Center has undergone significant sustainability upgrades that have paid for themselves and now save the university thousands of dollars each year. The upgrades include temperature monitoring, cleanroom-grade ceilings, spot cooling, and more. Data is tracked using straightforward but powerful metrics that were discussed on the tour.

Transportation was provided, and a pre-tour reception with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments was held at the facility.