Articles: Facilities

12/2014
Higher ed thought leaders and reader surveys provide insights into what's ahead for colleges and universities in 2015.

To help our readers navigate the coming year in higher education, University Business proudly presents Outlook 2015.

12/2014

For years, universities have taken advantage of an insurance solution known as Owner-Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIPs) or “wrap-ups.” OCIPs provide general liability insurance and workers compensation for the length of a construction project for all or a majority of the parties involved rathe

11/2014
Multilevel fitness: A glass curtain wall takes natural light to another level at the 52,000-square-foot wellness and fitness facility at Gannon University in Pennsylvania. The wall, which overlooks West Fourth Street in downtown Erie, highlights an interior renovation that includes new locker rooms, a new varsity weight room, and designated areas for wrestling, acrobatics and tumbling. The cost of renovations to the 1994 facility, completed in August 2014, totaled $14.5 million. Architect: Keith Russeau, Th

The contemporary campus recreation center has graduated from yesterday’s dingy weight room. In fact, at many institutions, the rec center serves as a multipurpose space, hosting celebrations on special occasions and promoting student wellness in body and mind throughout the semester.

11/2014
Colleges and universities balance questions of safety and discrimination when asking about criminal histories on applications.

In an era where many campus security efforts are being amplified, some schools are relaxing certain policies around prospective students’ criminal backgrounds.

11/2014

The needs of those who work and learn in institutions of higher education require environments that reflect their preferences and culture more than ever before. That’s why experiential branding and wayfinding have become integral parts of an institution’s architectural expression.

11/2014

Increasing enrollment is a priority for many institutions. The race is on to create a marketplace distinction in order to attract new students and to retain current students.

11/2014

In the business world, products sometimes price themselves out of the market and provide an opening for competitors.

11/2014

Taught by Jennie Stephens, associate professor of environmental science and policy, Clark University, Mass.

11/2014
Through The Pizza Box Composting Project, six bright green dumpsters with a pizza painted on them have been placed near North Carolina State's residence halls.

The order: large pizza, extra green.

To increase composting efforts on campus, North Carolina State University has been focusing on the proper disposal of a popular item used by students: pizza boxes.

10/2014
The University of North Florida's Osprey Fountains residence hall has two pools.

Today’s incoming freshmen who have never shared a room want more privacy than previous generations of dorm dwellers would have ever expected. And many students now are especially not eager to share bathrooms with an entire hallway of classmates.

10/2014
Reser Stadium is among the more than two dozen facilities acquired, renovated or built with Campaign for Oregon State funding. The following photos are some of the other projects.

Last January, The Campaign for Oregon State University surpassed its $1 billion goal—almost a year ahead of schedule.

10/2014
More institutions are creating energy conversation plans that cover the entire campus rather than just individual buildings.

Conservation on campus is about saving money and electricity at a time of lagging state funding and soaring global demand for power. Worldwide energy use is slated to jump 56 percent by 2040, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

10/2014
John Bostwick formerly worked in Harvard University’s central administration as a writer and developer of financial policy.

It’s no secret that higher education is an increasingly global endeavor.

10/2014

Back in September, the Crough Center at The Catholic University of America (D.C.) became the first building in the world to be LEED certified by students as part of a formal course.

10/2014

Mercer University Bears football fans who enter the Macon, Ga., campus through the Stadium Drive entrance now pass the school’s new fountain and surrounding rain garden.

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