There's a space rush going on: funding for life science is blossoming and research organizations need space immediately, and sizable amounts of it. Complicating the problem, pandemic-created space inventory is primarily in the form of office space with floor-to-floor heights and MEP systems incompatible with modern research missions. Russ Chernoff examines practical ways of getting science space quickly in today’s market, including large-scale mid-project design shifts, adaptive renovations, fast-track developer-built science facilities, penthouse and sub-basement additions, core relocations, and more. He sets out pros and cons for each solution, and critical details for success.
The demand for state-of-the-art highly specialized laboratory space is increasing dramatically, and research organizations are being challenged to deliver these spaces quickly, sustainably, and at low cost. Modular, prefabricated structures can be the solution to this challenge. In this session, Prashant Gongal examines two case studies of modular facilities – one built on an existing terrace over a parking structure (five modules) and another on a brown field site (10 modules) – which utilized existing utilities, provided redundancy and uninterrupted operation from external disruption, and were delivered with improved speed to market, costs, and sustainability goals.
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.
In this webcast, session leaders examine shifts in planning and design of classrooms and buildings as a result of the pandemic. Lan Ying Ip and Stacey Chapman call upon a case study of the College of Education and Human Sciences at University of Nebraska to demonstrate how the elevated priorities of flexibility, technology integration, and highly specialized air handling equipment provided flexibility and resiliency. They detail facility features including transparency, classroom sizes, audio/visual technology for small and large group learning studios, collaboration lounges, and strategies to build communities with greater interdepartmental collaboration and student-student and student-faculty interaction.
Many university campuses are hamstrung by buildings past their useful life – costly-to-operate eyesores incompatible with modern program priorities. The question is, what is the best path toward renewal? Session leaders examine four project case studies from different institutions to demonstrate best practices, methods, and tools for assessing facility conditions and physical space configurations to optimize decisions about capital reinvestment. They illustrate trending metrics for sustainability, suitability for program use, first cost, and life-cycle costs, and identify common themes across building types, integrative methodologies comparing renewal options, and challenges and tradeoffs associated with renewal.
The process of reconciling the competing themes of traditional vs. contemporary, broad vs. deep, micro vs. macro to create a building design “sweet spot” continues to evolve. Here you’ll see how that played out for Washington University in St. Louis in a new building for the Department of Computer Science with design strategies targeting flexible, foundational, adaptable, and enduring facilities. Presenters illustrate programming and space planning models for proximity, transparency, and convergence of people and ideas, and identify programmatic anchors in shared and public spaces that boost collaboration and put technical work on display to support recruitment, program building, and institutional reputation.
In this webcast, Laura Serebin and Elizabeth Strutz present a primer on best practices for developing space planning categories and benchmarking metrics for academic, science and technology, healthcare, and workplace buildings. They demonstrate methods to leverage technology and develop decision support tools for comparing space metrics across multiple buildings. They identify qualitative and quantitative data collection methods to conduct space utilization studies, including several new technologies that use sensors for a higher level of accuracy.
O&M for new science buildings: What’s the number? Bridging the planning gap between “build” and “operate” to prevent post-construction operational failure
The criteria for project success is ultimately “build AND operate.” Not just “build.” Too many new science building capital projects end construction only to face O&M staffing that is too little, too late, and unprepared. This results in building operational failures that damage whole science programs and cause financial losses for the sponsoring institutions. Steve Westfall demonstrates here how the unique O&M manpower requirements for a new science building are actually knowable, quantitatively, years in advance of construction completion, and how that number can be used to drive institutional action plans for assuring that great new science buildings will be operationally successful, great new science buildings.
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.