The university workplace has forever changed post-COVID and this webcast examines the toolbox of new hybrid and flexible space types and configurations that higher education workplaces will need to implement to recover and deliver on future goals. Elliot Felix details why this transformation is critical to future success, demonstrates the benefits to the students, institution, and staff, and illustrates how to plan, design, implement, and scale up the new flexible, hybrid workplace models in higher education.
In this webcast, session leaders examine shifts in planning and design of classrooms and buildings as a result of the pandemic. Lan Ying Ip and Stacey Chapman call upon a case study of the College of Education and Human Sciences at University of Nebraska to demonstrate how the elevated priorities of flexibility, technology integration, and highly specialized air handling equipment provided flexibility and resiliency. They detail facility features including transparency, classroom sizes, audio/visual technology for small and large group learning studios, collaboration lounges, and strategies to build communities with greater interdepartmental collaboration and student-student and student-faculty interaction.
Many university campuses are hamstrung by buildings past their useful life – costly-to-operate eyesores incompatible with modern program priorities. The question is, what is the best path toward renewal? Session leaders examine four project case studies from different institutions to demonstrate best practices, methods, and tools for assessing facility conditions and physical space configurations to optimize decisions about capital reinvestment. They illustrate trending metrics for sustainability, suitability for program use, first cost, and life-cycle costs, and identify common themes across building types, integrative methodologies comparing renewal options, and challenges and tradeoffs associated with renewal.
Residence hall construction cost control: Program influencers, budget levers, and market risk mitigation
Getting what you want out of every dollar isn't simply a product of smart residence hall programming and design - recognizing cost drivers from inception through construction is crucial to controlling your budget when the unexpected happens. Using case studies from three recent residence hall projects at top-tier institutions, Blair Tennant and Joe Stramberg will examine cost drivers, benchmarking, program influencers, cost control tools, and market influencers. They will demonstrate how these factors intersect and determine financial success; evaluate the decisions that influence construction costs; and show how this data ties into financial proformas and affordability.
The rise of Community Learning Centers (CLCs) in residential facilities: Programming and design strategies for student success
The growing trend to integrate student education within residence halls is accelerating, and this session delivers valuable insights into the programming, design, and operational processes from institutional and student perspectives. Calling upon three case studies of recently completed CLCs, session leaders set out design intentions and metrics, highlight innovative space solutions and features, and provide post-occupancy feedback from all stakeholders. They identify special resources and amenities for boosting student engagement, collaboration, and interaction, and contributing to students' quality of work and sense of community responsibility. They examine alternative design strategies for a range of new construction, renovation, and demographic drivers.
Faced with high demand for admin offices, changing needs, and shortages of space, how can institutions restructure their campus workplace strategy to optimize the amounts, types, and locations for staff? Calling upon recent case studies of campus-scale administrative space strategies for large institutions, Elliot Felix delivers lessons learned and a proven process for assessing quality, quantity, and location of office space; introducing new workplace standards; making long-term decisions; and making the operational and organizational changes required to implement a dramatically more effective and effective staff space program across the campus.
Three case studies: Programming processes that unite and manage disparate interests in a single building
Single-program buildings are a thing of the past. The new norm is collocating multiple programs in a single building, and the associated challenges of reconciling conflicting priorities, delivering on special requirements and space needs, and managing expectations. Session leaders profile three multidisciplinary building projects and lay out a proven process for building consensus. They examine a set of tools for prioritizing and right-sizing space requirements, identify new space types capable of serving multiple needs, and provide insight into maximizing the use of capital and planning and programming space for disparate groups with populations ranging from 1,500 to 6,000.
University of Missouri’s space reduction and strategic relocation plan is reworking their campus to remove outdated buildings and put high-quality facilities and high-value programs where they can have the greatest impact. Gerald Morgan sets out decision-making criteria and action plans to identify high-potential locations, demolish facilities with inadequate infrastructure or large backlog of deferred maintenance, reduce space requirements, and reconstruct competitive facility and technology networks. He illustrates key plan components including strategically located “high touch” visitor and student centers, modern teaching environments, and scientific core facilities.
Campus space and facility planning decisions now require a shift in thinking towards buildings, space, and assets that generate revenues through enrollment and add long-term value, and engineering programs are the low-hanging fruit for growth in the near- to long-term future. This session illustrates the process that Southern New Hampshire University embarked on to create a new engineering school and supporting facilities from scratch. Session leaders detail facility expectations for today’s engineering programs, methods to balance traditional and competency-based learning, and considerations to merge traditionally-trained faculty into highly flexible, generic spaces. They compare detailed benchmarking metrics from tours at six institutions.
Libraries are changing rapidly from places to store and access information individually to places to connect, create, and collaborate. In response, campuses are looking to add study and instructional spaces, consolidate academic services, and renew existing buildings. Looking across a half-dozen case studies ranging from top liberal arts colleges to major public research universities, Elliot Felix and Amanda Wirth guide participants through a process they can use on their campuses including conducting research, establishing a vision, forecasting needs, rationalizing the spaces and services across locations and within buildings, and identifying phases and pilots. Institutions can create flexible long-term plans that produce measurable results in the near-term.