Highland Hall can meet the demands of use all year long: A PCBC Conversation

Edward explains how Highland Hall at Stanford must meet the physical demands of college students in the winter and of typical hotel guests in the summer.


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Kenneth: I want to talk about Highland’s Hall. The program’s a little unusual there in that, the housing complex is kind of doing double duty.

Lee: Exactly.

Kenneth: So in the summer months, it’s more like a hotel that for meetings and conferences because of Schwab Auditorium right there in the complex. So, that means it is getting even more use and did you know that going in? Like how?

Edward: Oh we did, a matter of fact it’s a first, we have never done a project with that configuration. I found it interesting that it was for student housing during the year, but it really transformed into a hotel with maid service in the summertime, which I found fascinating. Also, without getting too much into the layout with the shared kitchen and all that, that’s very unusual. I’m actually interested to see how it works. How two separate groups that move in during the summertime share that kitchen and who cleans it up.

Kenneth: Let’s hope the maid does, yes?

Lee: That’s, quite frankly, one of the reasons they came to Best Bath instead of using tile and grout because it is very hard to clean. It’s going to leak, not when, how, where, it’s going to leak. So the composite that we manufacture is very easy to clean and to maintain and they keep that pristine all of the time.

Kenneth: Which relates to the program because this is being used basically all year long.

Lee: Right.

Kenneth: And even-

Edward: Many times a day.

Kenneth: And more intensely, even in the summer.

Edward: And I would say, the student housing aspect of it has got to be one of the roughest-

Lee: Definitely.

Edward: -things on a bath or any plumbing fixtures from our standpoint, on any unit, because they are students, by definition.

Kenneth: It’s tough.

Lee: And that concept is changing. Years ago they would have six, maybe eight students to one bathroom, and those bathrooms were just used as a sauna all day long. It’s eight hours, nine hours of showering and water and toilet use.

Edward: At a time long, long ago, I was in college. I had forgot what it was like. I just went and picked up my son in Seattle. They had a shared shower and my wife and I went and helped him move, and I looked at that shower and I said, “I can’t believe that someone actually took a shower in this thing,” because I don’t think it had been cleaned for eight months.