ENR California has named Stanford University as its Owner of the Year for 2018. Each year, the magazine selects one owner or developer with active construction projects for the honor.

Stanford has consistently delivered ambitious, innovative projects serving both the university and the surrounding communities. Current project include construction of its Redwood City office campus and the Chem-H Building (Stanford Chemistry Engineering & Medicine). Stanford agreed to give Redwood City $5 million for economic development, $4 million to a “community sustainability fund,” $1.5 million for street enhancement and more than $1 million for recreation, wellness programs and bicycle system improvements.

Stanford’s biggest finished projects include the 92,000-sq-ft Stanford Neuroscience Health Center—the anchor of the nearby Hoover Medical Campus—which opened December 2015, and the 521,000-sq-ft expansion of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, which opened December 2017. The university has also been expanding throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including a recent 100,000-sq-ft lease in Emeryville for Stanford Health Care outpatient programs.

The university’s central plant project, Stanford Energy Systems Innovations, was a winner in the green category for National Best of the Best two years ago. You can read more about Stanford University and its projects in the April edition of ENR California. 

That issue will also feature a ranking of the biggest projects to break ground during 2017. The list will include 30 (or more) of the largest starts in California and Hawaii. These top construction starts total tens of billions of dollars in construction activity. All of these projects are valued at more than $250 million. 

The project starts are listed alphabetically below. Be sure to read the April edition to learn where each of these projects rank, and to find out additional information such as construction costs and project teams. The following list is preliminary, and is subject to change as additional information becomes available prior to publication of the ranking. Note a project start is defined as the beginning of construction activity on the job site, as opposed to just the start of pre-construction or a formal ground-breaking ceremony. 

Top 2017 Starts in California and Hawaii

AES Alamitos Energy Modernization

AES Huntington Beach Energy Modernization

BART Earthquake Safety Program TBT Internal Retrofit

Carlsbad Energy Center

Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization

Diridon Station Mixed Use

EchoWater Primary Effluent Pumping Station

Facebook Office Building 21

Golden State Warriors Arena (Chase Center)

High-Speed Rail Central Valley Construction

High-Speed Rail Construction Package 4

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Airport Guideway and Stations

Jefferson Stadium Park Apartments/Parking

Los Angeles International Airport-Delta Airlines Relocation

Los Angeles International Airport-Midfield Satellite Concourse North

McClellan Business Park Data Center

Moffett Towers II Office Park

Oceanwide Center Tower

One Beverly Hills Mixed Use

Oroville Spillway Recovery Project

Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

San Francisco International Airport-Terminal 1

Santa Clara Square Apartments

Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement in Los Angeles

Southern California Edison West of Devers Upgrade

Stanford University Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine Building

Stanford University Escondido Village Graduate Housing

Stanford University Redwood City Office Campus

Sycamore-Peñasquitos Transmission Line Project

University of California Merced Teaching and Research Facilities