On July 7, 2015, the Hoover Institution conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking on a new 50,000-square-foot building adjacent to Hoover Tower on the Stanford University campus. The building, expected to be completed in 2017, will be on the site of the Cummings Art Building currently occupied by the Department of Art and Art History, which will relocate to the new McMurtry Art Building later this year.
Named for its primary and generous benefactors, David and Joan Traitel, the Hoover Institution’s new two-story building will house on its ground floor a 400-seat auditorium named in honor of Everett “Sparky “ Hauck and his wife, Jane, and a 440-seat dining and multipurpose room, Blount Hall, in honor of Bill Blount. Traitel, Hauck, and Blount are longtime members of the Hoover Board of Overseers, with Traitel chairing the board from 2008 to 2010. The second floor will feature seventy-five offices, conference rooms, and workstations to accommodate the increasing activity Hoover’s fellows. The new site will also feature a welcoming pavilion. A beautiful courtyard and open space will be named in honor of Hoover overseer Art Hall and his wife, Joanne.
The new building was designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston with help from Cody Anderson Wasney of Palo Alto.