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Plenary Sessions

Univ of Virginia builds for the next century of education: Hybrid, collaborative, flexible

The evolving nature of learning encompasses hands-on, immersive, active, plus local and remote models, and here you’ll see how University of Virginia’s teaching spaces are meeting the challenge. Session leaders profile the partial demolition/renovation of a legacy facility to pave the way for student-centric, collaborative active learning studios that allow faculty to teach beyond the walls. They identify critical integrated planning must-do’s for successfully prioritizing the student experience in every environment, and providing the ability to flex and reconfigure spaces to meet the needs of the university well in the future.

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Monday, May 6th 8:40AM - 9:05AM
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Goodbye 1:1 desk-to-employee ratios: UCSD’s industry-leading space management framework

UC San Diego is implementing industry-leading strategies that ditch 1:1 desk-to-employee ratios and allow more adaptable spaces, campuswide,for ALL staff. Eliud Escobedo illustrates the data capture and analysis requirements needed for optimal decision-making, developing policy and deployment strategies for occupancy sensors, and ultimately improving space use efficiency and work arrangements for 45,000+ employees. He maps the effects of the pandemic on work culture, fresh organizational pressures, and a new willingness to adopt flexible and hybrid work solutions. He identifies common roadblocks to expect, creative solutions, lessons learned, and the benefits that are achievable in terms of productivity, worker satisfaction, more beneficial space use, and tangible cost savings.

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Monday, May 6th 9:05AM - 9:30AM
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Campus decarbonization: Replicable and scalable solutions for climate commitments

Pressure to deliver on campus climate commitments is increasing, and here you’ll see a framework for making it happen for your institution. Ron Saporta and Scott Mabury profile University of Toronto’s first large-scale decarbonization project including the leveraging of private-sector innovations, project development, getting approvals, funding, and creating an outcomes value based project procurement process. They deliver lessons learned and illustrate the results achieved from Project LEAP, aimed at reducing more than 50% of scope 1&2 CO2 emissions, while operating on one of Canada’s largest and oldest district energy systems.

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Monday, May 6th 9:55AM - 10:20AM
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ligning institutional goals with facility resources: An initiative to increase agility, flexibility, and utilization

New space planning and project priorities continue to be birthed from the pandemic including changes in campus leadership, funding, and space utilization. Is it time to exchange campus grand strategic facility plans for more immediately achievable interventions? Ashley Flintoff illustrates how Wayne State University has been growing in agility to respond to constant change, and better align institutional goals with resource availability. She profiles hot-off-the-presses findings and recommendations from a new campus strategy/facilities alignment study, and the critical next steps to maintain forward momentum and support high-priority programs.

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Monday, May 6th 10:25AM - 10:50AM
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Diversity, equity, wellness, and inclusion: Learning environments where students thrive

For recruitment, retention, and student success, go beyond the building code requirements to deliver spaces where diverse higher ed populations will thrive. Joslyn Gray and Batuhan Demir examine tangible and practical facility concepts for improving the built environment for individuals with differing vision, hearing, processing, and mobility abilities. They illustrate how Stanford has been pushing the envelope in this area, the effects of values-based planning for wellness and equity, and an array of options for providing inclusive experience and engagement. They profile leading examples of accessible, universal, and usable designs.

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Monday, May 6th 3:45PM - 4:10PM
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Living, learning, on- and off-campus: University of Cincinnati’s future-facing student housing master plan

The effect of housing environments on student social and academic success cannot be overstated, and there is increasing pressure on both the design and capacity of housing portfolios, and responding efficiently to changes in enrollment in the future. Here you’ll see how University of Cincinnati’s multi-faceted housing master plan has incorporated the latest on- and off-campus solutions to meet the challenge. Carl Dieso sets out UC’s housing drivers, trends, and projections, and profiles a package of renovations, private development, and reconfigurations that have been initiated. He highlights key features of competitive living/learning housing solutions exemplified by the university’s recently-renovated Calhoun Hall, and profiles cost, revenue, and operating models for alternative university-managed housing approaches.

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Tuesday, May 7th 9:15AM - 9:40AM
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The new teaching and learning paradigms reshaping capital and renovation plans

Big changes in programs, technology, pedagogies, and learning are reshaping the capital plan, space utilization models, and renovation strategies at UNC Charlotte. Kathryn Horne sets out key discoveries from a comprehensive study on classroom and class lab use, how the derived data and recommendations are being translated into a range of new capital and design priorities, and findings on the process of re-prioritizing spaces and spending. She scopes out new 5-10 year planning implications for the use of space and facilities in recruiting and retaining students and faculty, and fostering academic success.

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Tuesday, May 7th 9:45AM - 10:10AM
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Town Hall Knowledge Roundup

This end-of-day session is where key ideas, new developments, and findings that have been revealed over the course of the entire two-day conference (including sessions you may have missed) get clarified, expanded upon, and affirmed or debated. This is also the opportunity to get answers from industry leaders and the entire audience to specific questions on key and challenging issues.  

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Tuesday, May 7th 2:55PM - 3:40PM
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Concurrent Forum Sessions

(Pre-selection is not required.)
A process to evaluate and assess space allocation and utilization at University of North Texas

Whether driven by organic growth or needing to accommodate new programs, campuses must have an informed road map to guide space decisions as needs and priorities evolve. Session leaders deliver a case study of the University of North Texas Health Science Center and chart the processes employed to assess existing space use and develop a plan for growth and flexibility. From new modes of teaching and best-in-class space designs that adapt over time as needs of students, faculty, and staff change, they highlight key pieces and inputs that inform the prioritization and design of future projects.

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Monday, May 6th 11:10AM - 12:05PM
Tuesday, May 7th 1:45PM - 2:40PM
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Learning space flexibility: renovating for hybrid and collaborative learning environments in a historic building

How do you create a 21st century teaching and learning environments in a dense campus environment inside a historic structure? Get the solutions in this session. Alison Rainey and Peter Rasmussen demonstrate a collaborative, design-build renovation process that delivered a flexible learning environment which balances registrar class sizes and accommodates new teaching modalities. They identify solutions to building limitations, accessibility requirements, and technology features that boost learning outcomes. They examine construction phasing solutions and benefits of a design-build delivery. 

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Monday, May 6th 11:10AM - 12:05PM
Tuesday, May 7th 1:45PM - 2:40PM
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Education for multiple health profession in one facility: What’s working for interdisciplinary success?

The efficiency and productivity of cross-disciplinary learning is encouraging higher education institutions to mix multiple healthcare disciplines in single buildings, yet challenges are abundant in these efforts. Session leaders demonstrate new design strategies used to foster collaboration and interdisciplinary success, post-occupancy evaluation processes to collect building performance data, and the reported outcomes. They share their findings from two recent projects and illustrate the future implications for interdisciplinary building design. They explore processes for preparing surveys and deploying them with rigor, and identify key criteria for a successful and objective assessment. 

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Monday, May 6th 11:10AM - 12:05PM
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Construction cost forecast and timing decisions for higher education capital projects

Mounting pressure on construction costs will impact all higher education facility projects on the drawing boards, both new construction and renovations. Attend this session to get better pricing and more accurate budget figures for cost escalation in the post-pandemic economy, and better understand construction cost drivers for different academic programs. Session leaders deliver up-to-date construction cost forecasts based on employment data, spending trends, commodity prices, and cost data from more than 100 projects. Using analyses of equities, GDP, and construction labor markets, they illustrate regional construction pricing targets for the next two years and demonstrate bid and purchasing strategies that lock in costs and reduce risk.

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Monday, May 6th 1:10PM - 2:05PM
Tuesday, May 7th 10:35AM - 11:30AM
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Implications of artificial intelligence (AI) on campus plans, infrastructure, and space

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are revolutionizing our way of thinking and working, and real estate will not be an exception. In this session, Sanjiv Singh discusses the implications of AI and IoT for campus planning, infrastructure, and space, and provides use cases for application of these technologies to the higher education environment. He demonstrates how the application of artificial intelligence in parsing “big data” has been fruitful in several industries such as technology, banking, marketing, and entertainment, and how it is now primed to disrupt the facilities industry. 

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Monday, May 6th 1:10PM - 2:05PM
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Facility design innovations for the future of medical and health sciences education

National mandates to increase health professionals, disparities in care access, and rapidly changing patient demographics have given rise to a new health science building typology. Session leaders illustrate how the "health sciences building" is now a hybridized building— part classroom, teaching lab, student center, technology hub, and office. They detail the fusion amongst traditional forms of space, and the new spatial models that underscore flexibility, utilization, and adaptability to support collaborative, interdisciplinary learning. They identify new facility metrics and the requirement for a student experience that enables cross-cultural socialization, equitable access, and a sense of belonging.

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Monday, May 6th 1:10PM - 2:05PM
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Space utilization action plans for achieving carbon footprint targets

In this session you’ll see proven solutions for reducing your campus carbon footprint without compromising education or research outcomes. Session leaders tap into a deep database of estimating and programming models and identify winning strategies for near- and long-term management of carbon impacts, including evaluations of the embodied energy components of multiple academic building types across North America. They analyze the effects of changing curricula, enrollment, and research team compositions on space allocation and utilization decisions, and provide a roadmap for a more comprehensive carbon footprint reduction approach.

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Monday, May 6th 2:20PM - 3:15PM
Tuesday, May 7th 1:45PM - 2:40PM
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Tools and processes to build consensus for campus space initiatives

Purdue University was confronted with a big challenge that most institutions are now facing: How to build consensus for improving real estate utilization on campus across a myriad of stakeholders. In this session, Rob Wynkoop and Sue Wohlford-Bork demonstrate how Purdue leveraged the university Wi-Fi network and Lambent Spaces technology to reveal building occupancy and utilization over time – an initiative that resonates with the needs of IT, networking, and security to cultivate buy-in from the start. They identify how the data was leveraged to address underutilized office space associated with new hybrid work schedules, and increase utilization of classrooms and labs spaces across campus. 

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Monday, May 6th 2:20PM - 3:15PM
Tuesday, May 7th 8:05AM - 9:00AM
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Integrative health principles for higher education campus planning and student success

Linking academic success with health and wellness practices will ensure the campus of the future is the foundation for seasoned individuals who will contribute positively to society. This session explores a case study of the newly completed UC Irvine Health Science & Nursing facility to demonstrate how integrative health principles can be used as a broader framework for integrated campus planning. They detail evidence-based design strategies, and an individualized, whole person approach to health and wellness that builds community through emphasis on physical, mental, and emotional health. They share trends for application on future planning projects. 

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Monday, May 6th 2:20PM - 3:15PM
Tuesday, May 7th 11:45AM - 12:40PM
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Case Study: Unanticipated space use raises the bar for facility flexibility

Campus spaces are being used by students and faculty in unanticipated ways, and building flexibility is being put to the test. Marquette University’s O’Brien Hall, home to the College of Business, serves as a case study in surprising space use and the balancing act that university facilities must strike today: Can campus facilities welcome the community without compromising student needs? How to balance collaboration and heads-down space for researchers? Can specialized spaces maintain flexibility? Attend this session for programming, design, and use lessons-learned, and how colleges and universities can prepare for these surprises and reconcile competing campus needs.

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Tuesday, May 7th 8:05AM - 9:00AM
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Princeton’s campus-wide move to decarbonization: Turning the page on carbon-based heating

Universities must act now to decarbonize their campuses, and Princeton is leading the way with a plan for carbon neutrality by 2046. Session leaders demonstrate how Princeton is turning the page on carbon-based heating technologies and moving to a new hot-water energy system driven by electric heat pumps, thermal storage, and geo-exchange -- one of the first in the nation to combine these technologies at this scale. They demonstrate how this plan can serve as a model for other campuses to achieve their climate commitments and align their goals for carbon neutrality with their campus master plans and capital management.

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Tuesday, May 7th 8:05AM - 9:00AM
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Got space data? The holy grail for real estate planning, hybrid work strategy, and capital allocation

Most educational institutions are faced with changing real estate needs and costly space decisions -- and getting accurate data and insights into space utilization is the holy grail for real estate planning for hybrid workspace and learning. In this session, Ciara Peter guides participants through a case study of how one educational institution leveraged Robin's software to determine if hybrid workplace models increased their utilization. She identifies how data informed their real estate planning, and illustrates how their efforts to right size their buildings resulted in stronger retention and better decision making.

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Tuesday, May 7th 10:35AM - 11:30AM
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Winning facility engagement strategies: Unlocking revenue with super-recruiting magnets

What draws students to universities, and what features, academic programs, and stories drive donors to commit funding? Advent has some answers for you. In this session, they reveal research results on the determining factors for incoming college students and identify high-value investments your institution can make to boost recruitment and retention and increase donor funding. They guide attendees through a step-by-step plan to capture and understand what moves your audiences and promotes recruitment and retention during incremental investments. They illustrate a proven process to take back to your institution, utilize, and tailor to aid in your success. 

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Tuesday, May 7th 10:35AM - 11:30AM
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Leveraging space utilization analysis for institutional growth and resiliency

Higher education institutions across the country are investing in utilization analysis, asset optimization, and data-driven strategic planning as they jockey for strong financial futures and long-term institutional resilience. Session leaders set out strategies to leverage existing and new assets, determine dollar density, quantify research activity, and develop key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the overall efficacy of space allocation. They illustrate future-facing, multimodal, and experiential planning and designs that are flexible and evolve with changing pedagogical and learning needs. They evaluate qualitative and quantitative KPIs that measure success. 

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Tuesday, May 7th 11:45AM - 12:40PM
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Space proxemics: Mixed-use residence/dining/office strategies for improved student outcomes

This presentation illustrates the effective use of proxemics - the study of the amount of space people feel they need between themselves and others - to drive positive results on student belonging and, ultimately, student outcomes. Session leaders provide a University of Cincinnati project case study that highlights a variety of community spaces, examines the factors that effect student engagement, and how to connect those to campus strategic plans. They demonstrate how the Pareto principle can help university leaders make quicker and more informed decisions.

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Tuesday, May 7th 11:45AM - 12:40PM
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