Leveraging the Entrepreneurial Mindset of Silicon Valley: The Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation at Santa Clara University

STEM programs across the country are looking to integrate student entrepreneurship programs with science, engineering and technology curricula, and there’s no more fertile ground for this than in Silicon Valley. Presenters will detail how nine campus buildings at Santa Clara University were designed, renovated, and occupied over the course of 10 months to create a 330,000-sf integrated center for transformational STEM education. Learn how they set out key details for collaborative learning environments that mirror the entrepreneurial mindset of the surrounding region, and established learning neighborhoods, project, and makerspaces to support cross-discipline inquiry and collaboration among traditionally disparate academic programs. 

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
 
1.00
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

The top facility planning considerations for experiential learning

Experiential learning has risen to the forefront of education programs in health sciences, engineering, athletics, robotics, veterinary science, and more, and the pervasive growth of this pedagogy presents a new set of opportunities and challenges for higher education space planning and management. Session leaders examine how simulation-based pedagogy is being driven by the convergence of virtual reality, prototyping, energy efficiency, full-immersion sensory tactics, interdisciplinary approaches, and data harvesting. They demonstrate top planning solutions for creating hands-on and in-situ learning space on campus, including how acoustics, light control, transparency, flexibility, and spatial movement are impacted by the practical constraints of experiential learning spaces.  

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

Research facilities that adapt readily to major program changes – even while under construction!

Long-term facility adaptability is one of the most significant drivers in research facility design, and major program changes while under construction really put adaptability features to the test. In this session, Tim Reynolds and Patrick Jones demonstrate adaptability in action with a case study of a building programmed for research groups experiencing a mid-construction program change toward clinical training and education. They detail future-proofing strategies for infrastructure and pathways, and how large wet lab research spaces can be converted into clinical spaces – with the potential to be reverted back in the future. 

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
 
1.00
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

Renovation or new construction? Programmatic, infrastructure, and cost considerations

The easy answer to increased demand for STEM space is to build a new facility, but underappreciated and underutilized older buildings are too often overlooked as a potential resource. John Starr and Ben Elliott examine build new vs. renovate decision-making rationales being employed to meet increased space requirements, and they identify cost mitigation effects of responsive programming and facility reuse. They enumerate key functional needs for STEM facilities including awide array of new space types that respond to the increasingly team-based, collaborative, and interdisciplinary activities. They demonstrate how new construction or reuse might best support the next generation research and learners.

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
 
1.00
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

Amherst College Science Center: A new facility benchmark for the idealized science program

The new interdisciplinary Science Center is Amherst College’s response to surging science program enrollment, the demand for updated science facilities, and the need for active learning space on campus. Session leaders illustrate how the opportunity to create an idealized program reshaped decisions on department layouts for optimal space use and collaboration efficiency. They profile active learning lab and classroom solutions and examine new space types, adjacencies, and attributes for growth, flexibility, new pedagogies, and enhanced student-to-faculty ratios. They demonstrate achievements in sustainability and energy efficiency that surpass national benchmarks.

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
 
1.00
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

Construction cost forecast and timing decisions for capital projects

Mounting pressure on construction costs will impact all projects on the drawing boards, both new construction and renovations. Attend this session to get better pricing and more accurate budget figures, and better understand construction cost drivers for different academic programs. James Vermeulen and Blair Tennant deliver up-to-date construction cost forecasts based on the latest employment data, government spending trends, commodity prices, and cost data from more than 100 projects. Using analyses of equities, GDP, and construction labor markets, they illustrate regional construction pricing targets for the next two years and demonstrate bid and purchasing strategies that lock in costs and reduce risk.

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00