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Active Learning, New Occupancy Models, and Collaborative Research Enhance Interdisciplinary Science
The University of Maryland in Baltimore County (UMBC) is surpassing expectations for student retention, faculty recruitment, and productivity by using active learning, pioneering research models, and new building occupancy criteria in its Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB). The 130,000-gsf building, which opened in 2019, provides 70,000 nasf of flexible research and education space to accommodate current and future students and faculty in the life sciences and biotechnology programs.
Drexel University Opens Health Sciences Building
Drexel University opened the 460,000-sf Health Sciences Building in September of 2022 in Philadelphia.
University of Maryland Breaks Ground on Chemistry Building
The University of Maryland broke ground in August of 2021 on the $116 million Chemistry Building in College Park.
Adding Manufacturing to a Pharmaceutical Research Lab
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is joining a growing wave of pharmaceutical research facilities that are incorporating small-scale manufacturing into their spaces. Fitting the manufacturing suites into an underground floor of an existing building was a challenge for architect, engineer, and scientist alike. The suites are designed to produce clinical vectors, important “vehicles” to which drug companies “attach” treatments so that those treatments reach the right location in a patient’s body.
University of Rhode Island Opens Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering
The University of Rhode Island opened the $150 million Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering in September of 2019 in Kingston.
Swarthmore College Opens First Phase of Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Building
Swarthmore College opened the $120 million Maxine Frank Singer '52 Hall in September of 2019 in Swarthmore, Pa.
Virginia Commonwealth University Plans STEM Building
Virginia Commonwealth University is planning to build a $121 million facility in Richmond to accommodate programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Designing Space for Nomadic Workers
More and more, workers aren’t going to an office and sitting at the same desk Monday through Friday. Today’s architects, builders, institutions, and designers need to plan for a future in which workers are nomads—moving from one place to another within a building or campus, or showing up in the office just one or two days a week. These nomadic workers are often mobile by choice, taking advantage of the flexibility that technology has enabled for academic staff, knowledge workers, and even healthcare employees.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Breaks Ground on Chemistry Addition and Renovation
The University of Wisconsin-Madison broke ground in September of 2018 on a $133 million project to accommodate the department of Chemistry.
Swarthmore College Constructs Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Building
Swarthmore College is constructing the $120 million Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Building in Swarthmore, Pa.