Stanford University School of Medicine

Menlo Park, CA

Multipurpose Conference Center Business Plan and Foodservice Operator Contracting Support

B&D was retained in 2009 to assist Stanford University School of Medicine in operationalizing the planned Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.  We developed a building opening and an operational plan for the center, including core business planning tools.  Additionally, we helped the school recruit and select the center’s key management position, the conference center and retail services manager, for which we wrote the position description.  This position would be responsible for supervising all business operations and staff.  Finally, we were tasked with negotiating a long-term, financially sustainable agreement with the campus foodservice operator for operation of the facility’s catering and retail services. The 118,000 SF, $90 million center opened in the fall of 2010.  The facility includes a state-of-the-art conference center, classrooms, administrative offices, and a small recreation center dedicated to the school’s graduate population.