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.
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.
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.
This session examines new space strategies for four primary academic space types - classrooms, research laboratories, collaboration spaces, and maker spaces - that are upending the status quo and leading the way toward vastly improved student engagement. Charles Kirby and Brian Tucker illustrate evidence-based strategies and facility solutions that deliver opportunities for academic innovation for students across multiple disciplines to engage, learn, collaborate, and invent.
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.