University Facilities 2023

April 24-25, 2023
Scottsdale, AZ

New academic priorities are shaping space planning initiatives and facility plans for a very different higher education future. Campus spaces and facility assets must now add long-term institutional value for multiple parties with shared interests…and shared space.

At this conference you’ll get the input you need for expanded flexibility, shared resources, data-driven decision making, improved space utilization, hybrid learning and work, reduced costs, improved recruitment, advanced sustainability, and new avenues for financing and funding of capital projects.

Make this conference a top priority planning event for your capital project, campus real estate, space planning, FM, and financial stakeholders to set in motion your institution’s visioning, decision-making, and plans of action for a transforming world of higher education involving:

New planning models and decision-making

  • Cost effective renovation and renewal of underutilized and outdated space  
  • Space optimization and realignment 
  • Capital project execution – construction costs, timing, contracts, delivery strategies
  • High space utilization models and metrics
  • Net-zero energy, carbon neutrality, and electrification of the campus
  • Impacts of the pandemic on higher education and the learning experience
  • Flexibility concepts for long-term building viability
  • Construction costs and reduction of capital expenditures
  • Data-driven processes for planning, design, and construction
  • Strategies for educational space: new learning environments, multiple modalities, technology
  • Faculty and staff officing: Hybrid workstyles and free-address workspace
  • Public-private development plans and processes
  • Facility investments for student experience and student engagement
  • Facility plans and features that improve recruitment and enrollment
  • Accommodating new program and space demands without physical expansion
  • Features and strategies for interaction and collaboration
  • Facility features for campus wellness and health
  • Space and features that support innovation and entrepreneurship  
  • Physical consolidation/centralization plans for academic programs and/or campuses
  • Plans and features that engage and integrate the campus and public communities
  • Interconnected, responsive building technology (IoT, maintenance, energy, security)
  • Master planning strategies for program location, utilization of facilities, and campus space

A spectrum of space types

  • Hybrid work, academic offices and the “new academic workplace”
  • Facility designs for mixed/shared use and shared funding
  • Educational facilities: Space and features for new team-based and experiential learning
  • Innovation hubs that support discovery, creativity, team building, and entrepreneurship 
  • Reinvented libraries as modern community informational commons
  • Social hubs, communal space, and campus destination space
  • Maker culture: Innovation, design, and prototyping spaces
  • Combined living-learning facilities
  • STEM facilities
  • Space and features for industry partnerships and commercialization

PLUS! This special pre-conference course on April 23rd:
The Fundamentals of Space Planning and Space Management for Higher Education

If you would like to participate as a sponsor or exhibitor, please email or call (925) 254-1744 x 119.


Who should attend?

This conference is open to all college and university employees, consultants, and service providers with interest in the planning, design, construction, and operation of college and university facilities and campuses. This includes capital project teams, project managers, facility and space planners, facility managers, construction managers, architects, engineers, financial officers, capital planners, and university administrative staff.