University Facilities 2021

September 20-21, 2021
Austin, TX

** This conference has been postponed to April 25-26, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort. More details will be available shortly. **


Attend this conference to get details on how new academic priorities are shaping facility plans and space planning initiatives at leading institutions for a very different academic future.

  PLUS! This special pre-conference course and post-conference workshop:

  Pre-conference course: Fundamentals of space planning and space management for higher education    

  Post-conference workshop: Planning the post-pandemic campus

Make this conference a top priority planning event for your capital project, campus real estate, space planning, and financial stakeholders to set in motion your institution’s visioning, decision-making, courses of action, and execution of successful facility and space initiatives for a transforming world of higher education involving:

New planning models and decision-making

  • Space planning and management considerations post-COVID-19
  • Impacts of the pandemic on higher education and the learning experience
  • Hybrid workstyles and free-address workspace for faculty and staff
  • The new hybrid-style learning experience
  • Flexibility concepts to accommodate multiple academic programs and facility use
  • Cost effective renovation and renewal of underutilized and outdated space
  • Reduction of capital expenditures 
  • Facility features for campus wellness and health
  • Facility strategies and new spaces that drive institutional revenue growth
  • Public-private development plans and processes
  • High space utilization models and metrics
  • Real-world spaces and settings that enable students to develop ready-to-work skillsets  
  • Physical consolidation/centralization plans for academic programs and/or campuses
  • Facility investments for student experience and student engagement
  • Facility plans and features that improve recruitment and enrollment
  • Accommodating new program and space demands without physical expansion
  • Strategies for educational space: New learning environments, multiple modalities, technology
  • Space and features that support innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability, net-zero energy and carbon neutrality
  • Master planning strategies for program location and utilization of facilities and campus space

A spectrum of space types

  • The new, higher ed model for flexible, hybrid workplaces  
  • Educational facilities 
  • Innovation hubs that support discovery, creativity, team building, and entrepreneurship 
  • eSports: Adjacencies, technology, infrastructure
  • Reinvented libraries as modern community informational commons
  • Social hubs, communal space, and campus destination space
  • Maker culture: Innovation, design, and prototyping spaces
  • Combined living-learning facilities
  • STEM facilities
  • Hybrid facility designs for mixed/shared use and shared funding
  • Space and features for industry partnerships and commercialization

PLUS! Tour the University of Texas at Austin Welch Hall College of Natural Sciences Renovations and the new Engineering Education and Research Center.

If you would like to participate as a sponsor, or would like updates as they become available please email or call (925) 254-1744 x 119.

Who should attend?
This conference is open to all college and university employees, consultants, and service providers with interest in the planning, design, construction, and operation of college and university facilities and campuses. This includes capital project teams, project managers, facility and space planners, facility managers, construction managers, architects, engineers, financial officers, capital planners, and university administrative staff.