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Deadline to Submit Speaking Applications: Friday, 5-1-2020

Note: The rescheduling of this event from its original May dates presents a unique opportunity to join the speaking team for an already-published conference program. Additional space has been obtained to further expand the speaking opportunites and additional timely topics. Click here to see the current session lineup. If you are already scheduled to speak, no need to reapply.

This is Tradeline's 3rd conference on higher education space planning and capital projects.

Campus space and facility planning decisions must now incorporate new demands for improving space utilization, student life, learning spaces, collaborative learning and research, recruitment, financing and funding of capital projects, shared resources, flexibility, and cost reduction. This requires a shift in thinking toward buildings, spaces, and assets that generate revenue and add long-term institutional value for multiple parties with shared interests.

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at this conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, and/or solutions using one or more of the planning priorities and space types below, or your own creative new concepts that address the priority issues as identified in Tradeline surveys.

New planning models and decision-making

  • Cost effective renovation and renewal of underutilized and outdated space  
  • Accommodating new program and space demands without the need for physical expansion
  • High space utilization models and metrics
  • New strategies/approaches to financing and funding capital projects
  • Facility strategies and new spaces that drive institutional revenue growth
  • Facility investments for student experience and student engagement
  • Facility plans and features that improve recruitment and enrollment
  • Facility and space strategies for changing student demographics
  • Facility strategies focused on improving student life 
  • Reduction of capital expenditures
  • Improved capital project delivery processes
  • Flexibility concepts for long-term building viability
  • Strategies for educational space: New learning environments, multiple modalities, technology
  • Space and features that support innovation and entrepreneurship 
  • Physical consolidation/centralization plans for academic programs and/or campuses
  • Features and strategies for interaction and collaboration
  • Plans and features that engage and integrate the campus and public communities
  • Interconnected, responsive building technology (IoT, maintenance, energy, security)
  • Sustainability, net-zero energy and carbon neutrality
  • Master planning strategies and implementation processes
  • Strategies to reduce operating costs

Types of space:

  • Educational facilities: Space and features for new team-based and experiential learning
  • Student life facilities
  • The "New Academic Workplace"  
  • Reinvented libraries as “modern informational commons”
  • Social hubs, communal space, and campus destination space
  • Maker culture: Ideation, design, prototyping, and display spaces
  • Academic coworking space and distance learning studios
  • Space and features for industry partnerships, community engagement, and commercialization
  • Innovation hubs that support entrepreneurship and creativity
  • Emerging space types for artificial intellgence, robotics, data science, and augmented reality programs
  • Space and features that strengthen institutional brand identity
  • Combined living-learning facilities
  • Mixed retail and institutional facilities
  • Hybrid facility designs for mixed/shared use and shared funding
  • Public-private development plans and processes
  • Performing arts, residence, athletics and recreation facilities, etc.


  1. View the Past Participants list to see a sample of the institutions and job titles that will be participating.
  2. Consider the audience top issues above and plan how to address those with your presentation.