Renovation and Expansion Strategies that Energize Academic Science Culture

The new Integrated Science Commons at Vassar College illustrates the increasing trend of using infrastructure renewal to alleviate the pressure for more science space and invigorate campus science and technology cultures. Kate Mann and Marianne Begemann chart the collaborative, multi-departmental planning initiative that drove multiple historic building renovations and creation of the new Bridge for Laboratory Science, increasing shared resources, collaboration, and student engagement, and reconnecting campus science communities. They illustrate analytical tools, decision-making rationales, and cost and sustainability advantages that come from reuse of existing facilities and minimizing new construction.