Articles: Campus Construction

12/2014
The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan has a variety of interactive learning and study areas built around a Winter Garden. The space can be used for galas, corporate presentations, guest speakers and alumni events. Completed in 2009 for $125 million, the facility also houses a fitness center and a café. Designer: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (New York, N.Y.);  Structural engineer: Thornton Tomasetti (New York, N.Y.); Mechanical and electrical engineer: Cosentini Associates (New York, N.Y.

There’s an old joke about business schools, which see more than their share of facility upgrades: As soon as the b-school vacates its old quarters to move into a new building, every other school in the unive

01/2015
Keeping with the building’s contemporary feel, “The Lantern,” a large installation that hangs in the lobby of University Crossing at UMass Lowell uses wooden panels to help reflect light into the building and dampen sound.

All offices involved in student success are now, for the first time, housed together in the new 230,000-square-foot University Crossing student center.

12/2014
More than two thirds of administrators surveyed say they expect to start or complete a major renovation project in 2015. (Click to enlarge)

In many ways, 2015 will look a lot like 2014 with respect to facilities. But there are trends impacting the creation and use of physical space on virtually every college and university campus.

12/2014
The R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College will become the main point of entry onto campus for prospective students.

R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College (Mass.)

12/2014

The encouraging sounds of construction will be heard on many campuses in 2015, but funding shortages will force some institutions to scale back building plans, according to a UB survey of higher ed facilities managers.

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

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.

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

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.

09/2014
The future Lassonde Studios at The University of Utah.

Lassonde Studios at The University of Utah

With an estimated cost of $45 million, this 148,000-square-foot facility’s concept combines 412 residences with a 20,000-square-foot “garage” space for students to gather, build prototypes and launch companies.

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