Strategic Plans

  • Purdue University broke ground in January of 2018 on an $86 million apartment complex in West Lafayette, Ind.

  • Harvard University is planning to develop the 900,000-sf Enterprise Research Campus in the Allston district of Boston.

  • The University of Notre Dame opened Campus Crossroads in fall of 2017 in Notre Dame, Ind.

  • Vermeulens has released its market outlook report for the second quarter of 2017. Key points include:

  • The University System of New Hampshire has selected Sightlines to perform a comprehensive Facility Condition Assessment and lifecycle study of core buildings on th

  • Think Big Picture Early On; Bricks-and-Mortar Decisions Can Wait

    At the inception of a new interdisciplinary science building, bricks-and-mortar considerations must take a back seat to a big-picture view of issues related to organization, funding, governance, and the long-range vision of the institution. The resolution of these issues early on leads to projects that are more successful—not necessarily in terms of cost savings, but in the essential criterion of aligning a new facility with specific academic strengths and the broader institutional mission.

  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will begin construction in summer of 2016 on a 100,000-sf project in New Brunswick.

  • Purdue Rapidly Expands College of Engineering to Meet National Goals

    In order to increase capacity, improve student/faculty ratios, and boost space utilization by 150 percent, Purdue University’s College of Engineering developed a five-year strategic plan for increasing efficiency and space on the College’s main campus. The plan—which was driven by the need to meet the goal of a 30 percent growth in engineering faculty and staff, along with growth of graduate and undergraduate students—combines a mix of strategies including renovation, portfolio rebalancing, and new construction.

  • Newly Empowered Facilities Group Is Strategic Partner in Largest Higher Ed Restructuring in U.S. History

    In the largest higher education restructuring in the nation’s history, the facilities group at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was elevated to a leadership role, taking its place alongside the offices of finance and research as part of an administrative troika whose heads now report directly to the president. The strategic alignment among these three functions was instrumental in allowing Rutgers to meet a legislative mandate that saw the university grow to 27 million sf in 1,009 buildings with a $3.7 billion operating budget and five different campuses in less than a year.

  • Exponential Growth in Data Gathering Requires Faster, Fluid Strategic Planning

    An explosion in computation and large data set analyses is challenging the nature and processes of translational research, significantly impacting how such institutions plan for space needs. The link between strategic planning, programming, and design is much more dynamic, and requires faster feedback and the development of new metrics to drive value creation through strategic planning.

    "That increase in computation has a significant impact on how we strategically plan for translational research,” says Andy Snyder, AIA, principal/architect at NBBJ.

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