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Deadline to Submit Speaking Applications: Monday, 8-27-2018

This is Tradeline's 34th conference on capital project planning, programming, and management of science and engineering facilities.

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at the conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, equipment, and/or solutions for science and engineering capital project planning and management that meet one or more of the outcomes below:


  1. Program recruitment and enrollment growth
  2. Active learning and project-based education
  3. Advanced technology maker space and entrepreneurship hubs
  4. The convergence of science and engineering disciplines and space
  5. Visual connections and a culture of collaboration and interaction
  6. Shared physical and financial resources
  7. Sustainability and energy efficiency
  8. Widespread flexibility and adaptability
  9. New types of student gathering and informal learning space
  10. Modernized lab/lab support ratios and space allocation metrics

Your presentation may call upon one or more of the following issues (or your own creative solutions) to meet the objectives above:

  • Renovation and modernization of outdated STEM facilities 
  • Decision-making on renovation vs. building new
  • Repurposing non-science space for STEM programs
  • Facility flexibility and adaptability for shared use and rapidly changing programs
  • New classroom configurations for active learning and team-based education
  • Facility features for attracting students and faculty 
  • Maker space and project lab plans
  • Shared design studio, prototyping, and display spaces
  • Space allocation, metrics, and layouts for labs, classrooms, support space, and offices
  • Facility solutions for integrating engineering with the sciences
  • The emergence of the "superlab" for teaching very large groups in one contiguous space
  • Mixed teaching and research facilities
  • Interdisciplinary research facility plans
  • Improved space management and space utilization
  • Transparency and enabling visual connections
  • Fostering a “startup” culture for student innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Effective social and informal learning space
  • Features for student-faculty interaction and undergraduate research
  • Efficient, shared-core research facilities
  • Cost-effective, flexible lab furniture and casework
  • New types of space for high-growth programs: Robotics, bioengineering, computational, etc.
  • New office planning strategies and workspace for faculty, researchers, and staff
  • Building vibration controls and EMI safeguards
  • High-efficiency, low-cost mechanical system solutions
  • Environmental control systems and sensors: Occupancy, acoustics, air quality, temperature, humidity
  • Building automation systems and facility technology implementation
  • Remote building system monitoring, controls of individual components/alarms and data integration
  • Successful energy, water, and sustainability initiatives
  • Project management processes that lower costs and optimize outcomes: Prefab construction, IPD, performance contracting, etc.
  • Lower construction and operation costs


  1. View the Past Participants list to see a sample of the institutions and job titles that will be participating.
  2. Consider the audience top issues above and plan how to address those with your presentation.