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Johns Hopkins University Builds Student Center

Published 6/14/2024

Johns Hopkins University is constructing The Village, an innovative student center located on the Homewood campus in Baltimore. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group as a social engagement hub for all members of the Hopkins community, the $250 million facility will provide an array of flexible spaces that foster connection and collaboration.

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Oregon State University Breaks Ground on Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex

Published 6/12/2024

Oregon State University broke ground in April of 2024 on the $213 million Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex in Corvallis. Designed by ZGF Architects, the 143,000-sf facility will accommodate team-based research programs in semiconductors, materials science, artificial intelligence, and robotics. These next-generation technologies will provide new solutions to global challenges in climate science, oceanography, and water resources. 

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Columbia University Breaks Ground on Biomedical Research Building

Published 6/10/2024

Columbia University broke ground in late May of 2024 on the first all-electric biomedical research building in New York City. Designed by KPF, the 77,000-sf facility will drive innovation in genetic and genomic science to create new treatments for some of the most significant threats to human health today. The eight-story structure will feature state-of-the-art laboratories linked by "collaboration corners" with welcoming lounges for informal interaction and exchange.

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University of Rochester Opens Expanded Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Published 6/7/2024

The University of Rochester opened the newly expanded Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in May of 2024 in Brighton, N.Y. Featuring Class 1000 cleanrooms, the 66,600-sf addition includes general and wet-bench research venues, a laser computing center, and open office environments. The three-story structure will enable the construction of the AMICA laser system, prototyping of the NSF OPAL lasers, and the creation of next-generation targets, diagnostics, and optics for national security efforts.

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No Place Like Campus

Published 6/5/2024

The sudden pivot to virtual learning during the COVID pandemic has changed higher education for the foreseeable future. Interviews with more than 250 students, professors, and space planners at more than 100 campuses around the world reveal that 18- to 24-year-old students missed being on campus and are glad to be back. But they have changed; the institutions have changed; and campuses don’t quite fit anyone’s needs anymore. Learn the 10 insights from these interviews that can help shape the future of your campus design.

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UConn Charts the Future of STEM with $1.5 Billion, 10-Year Initiative

Published 6/5/2024

The University of Connecticut has spent 10 years and $1.5 billion expanding and modernizing its science, technology, engineering, and math offerings, and increasing the number of STEM students by 4,000. The initiative, called Next Generation Connecticut (NextGenCT), included the construction of a new 198,000-sf facility and the renovation and expansion of the largest STEM building on the main campus in Storrs. The approach to both projects was to focus first on modernizing the way those subjects are taught and then on designing the space itself.

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North Carolina State University Constructs Integrative Sciences Building

Published 6/5/2024

North Carolina State University is constructing the $180 million Integrative Sciences Building in Raleigh. Designed by ZGF Architects and Moseley Architects, the 164,947-sf facility will provide leading-edge environments for programs in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological sciences. The collaborative five-story structure will offer two floors of teaching labs, as well as an advanced research floor integrating physical and life sciences in a way not possible anywhere else on campus.

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UC Berkeley Builds Heathcock Hall of Chemistry

Published 6/3/2024

Construction began in May of 2024 on Heathcock Hall, a new 81,700-gsf interdisciplinary research and education building for UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry. Accommodating programs in synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry, and chemical and biomolecular engineering, the structure will house six stories of research labs, support space, offices, and collaboration venues for investigators, faculty, and students. Heathcock Hall will be connected to two adjacent buildings—Latimer and Lewis halls—which also house chemistry labs.

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Construction Underway for Michigan State University + Henry Ford Health Biomedical Research Center

Published 5/31/2024

Michigan State University (MSU) and Henry Ford Health have joined forces to construct the $335 million Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Research Center, which will house 84 principal investigators and their research teams focused on cancer, neuroscience, infectious diseases, immunology, and public health. The first floor will accommodate a large core lab including an imaging suite. An entire floor will be dedicated to the Nick Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Research Institute.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Breaks Ground on First New Humanities Building in 50 Years

Published 5/29/2024

The University of Wisconsin-Madison broke ground in May of 2024 on the College of Letters & Science’s new Irving & Dorothy Levy Hall, a 136,000-sf facility that will serve as the new home for eight academic departments. The building was designed by Bora Architecture & Interiors in collaboration with Ramlow/Stein Architecture + Interiors, with C.D. Smith Construction serving as the construction manager.

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Texas A&M-Texarkana to Break Ground on Business, Engineering, and Technology Building

Published 5/23/2024

Texas A&M-Texarkana is planning to break ground in late May of 2024 on the Business, Engineering, and Technology Building (BET), a 53,500-sf facility housing those three interdisciplinary programs. The $45 million project also includes a renovation of the Science and Technology Building, which will connect to the new facility with walkways on the second and third floors.

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Rice University Expands Jones Graduate School of Business

Published 5/21/2024

Rice University broke ground in May of 2024 on an expanded home for the Jones Graduate School of Business in Houston. Designed by Architecture Research Office (ARO) and Kirksey Architecture, the $54.5 million project will offer a range of instructional settings including seminar rooms, team learning rooms, two 65-seat classrooms, and two 120-seat classrooms. Approximately 13 breakout rooms interwoven throughout the 112,000-sf structure will promote interaction and exchange.

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UC Riverside Plans Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Facility

Published 5/20/2024

The University of California, Riverside will begin construction in summer of 2024 on the Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Facility. Offering a seating capacity of 1,700, the $156.3 million building will provide much-needed instructional space for multiple colleges and departments. The 100,700-gsf structure will accommodate two lecture halls, 19 classrooms, six biology labs, and four chemistry labs. An expanded dance studio with a sprung floor will be complemented by an outdoor performance area.

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Clemson University Breaks Ground on College of Veterinary Medicine

Published 5/17/2024

Clemson University will break ground in summer of 2024 on a $190 million facility for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Addressing a nationwide shortage of veterinarians, the complex will offer sophisticated learning environments for programs in animal health. The development will support a distributed pedagogical model that prepares students to go directly to local animal hospitals for training and clinical study, instead of spending several years in a teaching hospital.

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