The university workplace has forever changed post-COVID and this webcast examines the toolbox of new hybrid and flexible space types and configurations that higher education workplaces will need to implement to recover and deliver on future goals. Elliot Felix details why this transformation is critical to future success, demonstrates the benefits to the students, institution, and staff, and illustrates how to plan, design, implement, and scale up the new flexible, hybrid workplace models in higher education.
Residence hall construction cost control: Program influencers, budget levers, and market risk mitigation
Getting what you want out of every dollar isn't simply a product of smart residence hall programming and design - recognizing cost drivers from inception through construction is crucial to controlling your budget when the unexpected happens. Using case studies from three recent residence hall projects at top-tier institutions, Blair Tennant and Joe Stramberg will examine cost drivers, benchmarking, program influencers, cost control tools, and market influencers. They will demonstrate how these factors intersect and determine financial success; evaluate the decisions that influence construction costs; and show how this data ties into financial proformas and affordability.
Facilities that integrate previously-siloed disciplines are unlocking space and program synergies, enhancing recruitment initiatives, and equipping students for tomorrow’s interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial problem solving. Vic Tortorelli examines strategic opportunities, decision-making, and post-occupancy results from Ursinus College’s new Innovation and Discovery Center (IDC), which was designed within the context of an extensive master planning study of the College’s science facilities. Vic profiles teaching and research labs linking biology with other disciplines, such as psychology, biochemistry, and health and exercise physiology. He describes the design of active-learning classrooms, support spaces, and interdisciplinary centers incorporated within the IDC.
To recruit and retain the brightest minds and tackle new challenges in artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, and cloud computing, higher ed institutions are now engaged in an arms race of high-powered data infrastructure, strategic industry partnerships, and innovative learning environments. John Walz profiles key capabilities of the just-opened Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall and how they will advance MSOE’s priorities of turning out highly competitive, workforce-ready graduates, forging new alliances, and breaking new ground in technology innovation. He highlights distinguishing features of leading-edge classrooms and teaching labs, dedicated spaces for partnerships and faculty, a 250-seat auditorium for guest lectures, and, of course, an NVIDIA supercomputer.
Thematic STEM vs. focused-discipline science buildings: Value-based analysis for today's competitive academic institutions
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.
A combined-discipline facility and academic unit for chemistry, biology, and physics will support High Point University’s rapid program growth, expand experiential learning opportunities, support leading research initiatives, and enhance student and faculty recruiting efforts. Angela Bauer and Brian Augustine set out key decision points in scoping out the new future-facing Wanek Building, and they detail innovative laboratory, planetarium, and classroom features High Point selected to equip students with workforce-ready technical skills and a scientific mindset. They illustrate efficiencies in space, equipment, and operating costs available by putting three disciplines under one roof.
New intelligent technologies that combine control and management of HVAC, containment, lighting, and daylighting in a single platform are enabling organizations to move beyond the traditional (and costly) “lab as energy consumer” approach to a holistic operating efficiency strategy. Paul Fuson demonstrates the advantages of Siemens’ Total Room Automation for Life Science in engaging building operators, energy managers, EHS officers, lab managers, and scientists to significantly impact energy consumption, operations, safety and compliance. He illustrates new technology implementations, and new ways of using old technologies, to monitor utilization, improve interaction of lab occupants and building systems, and deliver safe and efficient buildings.
Align your institution’s capital plans with the explosive growth of integrated engineering programs, or risk losing the competitive edge in recruiting and retaining students, faculty, and researchers, and collaborating with industry partners. Sharon Wood distills must-have building features and lessons learned from UT Austin’s latest engineering facility capital project initiatives: The Energy Education and Research Center, Energy Engineering Building (under construction), and the renovation of a historic gymnasium to create centralized flexible space for interdisciplinary robotics research programs. She examines infrastructure requirements current and future engineering programs.
MIT’s Media Lab is the granddaddy of successful industry/academic maker spaces. Keys to its long-term viability include a proven discovery model and enough facility flexibility to support the demands of highly creative minds from a wide variety of disciplines. Jessica Tsymbal identifies facility design elements, infrastructure features, and operating strategies that have kept Media Lab on the leading edge including its corporate sponsorship model, space allocation strategies, training prerequisites, occupancy expectations, and material and equipment flow. She illustrates solutions for accommodating the type of unique, short-term, and resource-demanding projects common to today’s collaborative research.
In this session you’ll see facility strategies for accelerating speed to market, integrating emerging technologies, better equipping the biopharmaceutical and biomanufacturing workforce, and delivering space to attract industry partners. Session leaders examine today’s regulatory compliance and scalability drivers that are driving facility design decisions, and they identify best practices for developing “GMP-like” environments, advancing new bio therapies for commercial and clinical translation, attracting and retaining talent, leveraging partner capabilities, and linking research to manufacturing readiness. They profile the facility infrastructure Georgia Tech is putting in place to establish a leadership position in healthcare innovation, precision medicine, biomanufacturing, and value-based healthcare delivery.