Modernization

  • Reimagining and Reusing 20th Century Buildings for Modern Engineering

    10-30-2019

    Most academic science buildings constructed in the mid-20th century were not designed to support the interdisciplinary, collaborative, and entrepreneurial dynamics of modern engineering teaching and research that occupy these buildings today. While motivations for renovation can range from the need to update outdated building systems, to the desire to improve the school’s ability to recruit new talent and donors, most major renewal projects share similar challenges of aging infrastructure, complex logistics, and phased implementation. Using examples from recent renovations at Cornell University, Ohio State University, and the University of Massachusetts, principals from Perkins+Will share how these and other challenges can be addressed.

  • Northwestern University Solves Space Quandary with Vertical Expansion and Complete Overhaul of Existing Building

    9-18-2019

    Northwestern University is continually working to grow and improve the quality of its research space inventory. A 2017 renovation and expansion of the Seeley G. Mudd Science and Engineering Library—situated in a prime location on the Evanston, Ill., campus—transformed a non-science building into a focal point of the university’s science complex. A desire to maximize research space within the constrained site resulted in a unique solution that leveraged both horizontal and vertical expansion.

  • Indiana State University Opens College of Health and Human Services

    8-29-2019

    Indiana State University opened the College of Health and Human Services in August of 2019 in Terre Haute, Ind.

  • Procter & Gamble Constructs Health Care Innovation Laboratories

    8-19-2019

    Procter & Gamble is engaged in a $50 million renovation and expansion of the Reading Gillette Innovation Centre in the United Kingdom.

  • Michigan State University Constructs STEM Teaching and Learning Facility

    8-15-2019

    Michigan State University is building the $97.5 million STEM Teaching and Learning Facility in East Lansing.

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Approves Master Plan

    8-9-2019

    The University of Carolina at Chapel Hill approved a new campus master plan in summer of 2019.

  • Nova Southeastern University Supports Students’ Changing Needs with Continual Expansion and Innovative Design Strategies

    8-7-2019

    Educating healthcare professionals in a manner that crosses disciplines and fosters teamwork for the advancement of public health is more than a mission statement for Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida.

  • Eastern Michigan University Renovates Engineering Building

    7-24-2019

    Eastern Michigan University is engaged in a $40 million renovation of Sill Hall in Ypsilanti.

  • Texas A&M Facility Doubles Engineering Capacity for Ambitious Enrollment Plan

    7-24-2019

    Texas A&M University is addressing the rising demand for engineers by transforming a traditional 46-year-old academic building into a state-of-the-art facility, where technology is not just an aid, but a driver. The Zachry Engineering Education Complex, on the College Station campus, is the cornerstone of Texas A&M’s ambitious “25 by 25” initiative—a plan to enroll 25,000 engineering students by 2025.

  • LAB2050: Imagining the Lab of the Half Century

    7-10-2019

    Imagine a baby born today. She’s smart and science-minded. Through good luck and hard work, she earns her doctorate early, and by age 31, she is solidly embarked on a research career. What does her lab look like? That’s what two SmithGroup thought leaders—Adam Denmark, director of Laboratory Planning, and Steve Palumbo, Science and Technology Studio leader—sought to find out with their team members though a yearlong research initiative they called LAB2050. Collectively, the SmithGroup team and their client advisors defined six categories that they used to project current trends forward—technology, funding and partnerships, energy and the environment, collaboration, synergies, and planning and design—and to visualize the new ones that might emerge.