Stanford, CA

Stanford University | Windhover Contemplative Center


Structural Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering


4,000 sf

Key Info

Rammed earth construction


Northern California Chapter ASLA Award, 20152015 San Francisco AIA Award

Rutherford + Chekene provided structural and geotechnical engineering for the design of a 4,000 sf contemplative center, a unique reinforced rammed earth building. The center houses a series of paintings entitled Windhover by the noted artist and former Stanford professor, Nathan Oliveira. The project provides an inviting entry space, exhibit areas, restrooms, a kitchenette, and outdoor gathering places. The Windhover Contemplative Center is a destination site for refuge and reflection within the Stanford campus for students, faculty, and staff.

Civic | Cultural

Leavening peerless structural engineering skill with humor, philosophy, people skills and, above all, a consummate understanding of San Francisco's permitting process, [Alan] saw this project through.