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An art gallery with exposed brick walls displays works by faculty, students, alumni and local artists and has become a gathering spot for both the college and broader community.

Montgomery County Community College (Pa.) and the broader community benefit from adaptive reuse.

With just a tiny chapel located within its student center and main academic building, it was time for a standalone chapel at Sacred Heart.

The space includes a dry stream and moss garden, as well as a traditional dry landscape garden and a "strolling garden."

Down to business: Learning and community building among students and faculty now take place in the same facility?which contains high-tech touches such as a virtual Wall Street trading floor.

STUDYING AND TEACHING MUSIC at Stetson University (Fla.) are now more melodious experiences, thanks to a new School of Music facility.

? FUNCTION: Rehearsal and teaching space

AN OUTDOOR "LIVING ROOM" accessible from the main campus by foot or bike, the waterfront at St. Mary’s has been given a structural makeover.

? FUNCTION: The quarter mile or so of space on the shore of the St. Mary’s River is better equipped than ever as a spot for sports, recreation, and learning.

WHEN A NEW LIBRARY FREED UP THREE STORIES originally used for that purpose in Unistructure, Bryant’s main academic building, it was a prime opportunity for the science department to expand and upgrade its facilities.

? FUNCTION: Lab and research space for undergraduates and faculty

WHY LET A ROOFTOP JUST BE A ROOFTOP? Officials at Marymount Manhattan, an independent institution of about 1,700 students with just two buildings on its Upper East Side neighborhood campus, transformed the rooftop of one building into an urban oasis.

? FUNCTION: The quad offers a natural respite for students, faculty, and staff.

BUILT IN JUST 10 MONTHS, Park University’s new “rooms with a view” take a big step in updating old housing stock.

ONCE CRAMPED FOR SPACE AND housed in five separate buildings, the School of Architecture at Woodbury University (Calif.) now has both a dramatic anchor and room to grow.

--Function: A 19,000-square-foot new facility for the School of Architecture houses studios, critique spaces, support spaces, and a multipurpose room.