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.
The value of campus-wide wellness and well-being efforts toward improving student success is being widely embraced by university leaders -- a dynamic which has kicked off capital plans for an array of new and renovated spaces. Eric Hawkes identifies facility types and campus locations that are prime candidates for housing wellness initiatives. He sets out space and equipment planning metrics for embedded and standalone facilities, and examines the efficiencies provided by new, blended, multi-use facilities that engage multiple stakeholder groups including athletics, wellness, medical and healthcare services and counseling.
One hundred percent active learning + flexible furniture + wireless connectivity throughout = student collaboration and engagement on steroids. This is the Anteater Learning Pavilion, designed around the very best educational research to improve learning outcomes through a variety of flexible classrooms, informal student study spaces, and lounges that include a mix of mobile furniture, wireless connectivity, and new projection and display technology. Michael Dennin delivers an armchair tour of the cutting-edge facility, and relates planning decisions and metrics for capacity, group sizes, and space types, how the technology is being used by students and faculty, and lessons learned.
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.