Thematic STEM vs. focused-discipline science buildings: Value-based analysis for today's competitive academic institutions

William F. Wilson, FAIA
Principal & CEO
Jacob Werner
Associate Vice President
Joseph Balzano
Project Executive, Campus Enterprise Group

The benefits of collaborative science have triggered an interdisciplinary science and engineering building boom pressing institutions toward program convergence, shared physical resources, open workspace, and team-based research and education. But is this facility direction the right choice for your institution? Session leaders contrast the decision making and planning strategies that determined the designs of two distinct science facilities at University of Massachusetts, Amherst – one dedicated-science building and one built for trans-disciplinary groups. They detail benefits and pitfalls for each approach, illustrate solutions for unexpected mid-project changes, and deliver post-occupancy findings. 

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
Professional Development Hour (PDH)