2018 Winning Project – Stanford Hoover Office Building
and Conference Center

The Woodwork Institute has selected Northwestern Design’s work on the Stanford Hoover Office Building and Conference Center as the winner of the 2018 Ralph B. McClure Craftsmanship Award. The McClure Award honors a Woodwork Institute Affiliate for exception craftsmanship and installation of architectural millwork.

In selecting this project for the McClure Craftsmanship award, the judges offered the following comments:

“Work involved in the conference center is very detailed and performs two functions: aesthetics and acoustics.”

“I chose this project for the difficulty with the large overhead radius ceiling panel work that looks magnificent.”

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Image of wood panelled floating stairs, the Woodwork Institute logo, and text: "Previous McClure Winners"

The Stanford Hoover Office Building and Conference Center is located in the heart of the Stanford University campus, adjacent to the Hoover Tower. The original building was demolished with the upgraded facility completed in the fall of 2017. The new 55,000-square-foot conference center is a famed instituted designed to host high-profile, world-renowned speakers and retreats as well as housing office space for management and operations.

The project interior spaces are an impressive display of fine wood craftsmanship with stunning quarter sliced walnut veneer wall paneling and walnut lumber trim. The featured spaces include a glass-walled arcade, Blount Hall (a 440-seat dining area and multipurpose room), the 400-seat Hauck Auditorium and a welcoming pavilion. Blount Hall is named in honor of Bill Blount, while the auditorium recognizes Everett “Sparky” Hauck and his wife, Jane. The Hoover Institution’s two-story building is named for its primary benefactors, David and Joan Traitel. All are longtime members of the Hoover Board of Overseers.

The areas inside the Hoover Institution demonstrate an engaging visualization of rich earth tones in both walnut veneer and lumber components. The design elements and rich color tones are well utilized within these large areas. Level 2 office spaces combine walnut solid wood jambs, casings and window sills. Break rooms incorporate functional plastic laminate casework with durable engineered solid surface stone countertops.

Northwestern Design offered constructability suggestions that were critical for overall wood veneer matching, which included strategic panel break points