Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 1:39pm
Ohio University trustees know that $585 million is a lot of debt to take on over the next five years. But interest rates are at historically low levels, they said. And it would be money well-spent if it keeps students, faculty and staff from walking away from the school because so many buildings are in need of major repairs.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 1:42pm
A 46,000-square-foot abandoned furniture warehouse has been given new life as the continuing education and industrial center at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C. The center includes seven classrooms; doubles the size of the Small Business Center; provides space for continuing ed classes and offices; houses a corporate training center; and doubles the space for the Computer-Integrated Machining program.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 4:40pm
This fall, Schenectady County Community College will offer classes on the second floor of the Albany County building in downtown Albany, officials said. Details are still being worked out ... and the college has not yet decided on the courses that will be taught in the 10,000 square foot space.
At The Ohio State University, the term “master plan” is obsolete. That’s because what traditional master plans often lack—input from an institution’s academic and finance folks—are an integral part of the One Ohio State Framework Plan, shares Amanda Hoffsis, senior director of physical planning.
In all the understandable buzz about massive open online courses (MOOCs) and alternative models for delivering content, remember this: Residential campuses will continue to be critical to higher education and to preparing a competitive 21st-century workforce. Why? For starters, as MIT President L. Rafael Reif wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal, high quality online education and affordable residential campuses are intertwined.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 12:18pm
In what will be the largest donation it has ever received, the University of the Fraser Valley (British Columbia, Canada) will take ownership in early 2013 of the former BMO Bank of Montreal branch building at historic Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack. The university will renovate and refurbish the facility to create UFV Plaza, a downtown education centre with a focus on programming related to business development and training.
With any campus building, what’s on the inside counts just as much—and probably more—than what’s on the outside. This is especially true with residence halls, which must include a balance of private and shared spaces. “The buildings need to promote interaction among students to encourage peer-to-peer learning in support of the institution’s academic mission,” says Jackson Kane, an associate and housing specialist at Lord, Aeck & Sargent. That’s no small order.