Construction

Finished in a Flash

Considering a fast-track construction plan? Here's a look at what crowding a project calendar will really cost a campus.

WHEN THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL Florida's enrollment explosion more than double the number of students since President John Hitt’s arrival in 1992, the institution’s 5,000-seat arena wasn’t cutting it anymore. The student head count at UCF’s main campus in Orlando is now up to around 43,000. But despite assurances of the sort we see in the movies, when administrators began planning for a new arena a few years ago they knew it wasn’t as simple as just getting the project going and everything would be fine. For starters, points out CFO William F.

Designed to Flow

Unified design can steer campuses into the 21st century, once we figure out how to use it.
 

DON'T WORRY IF YOU can’t express the difference between long-term planning and unified design on a campus. Even architects say they’re fuzzy on the difference.

Expansion, without the Red Tape

City officials can help—or hinder—a campus expansion plan. Here's how to make sure they're on board with your proposal.
 

LONG BEFORE ANY GROUND was broken on $60 million in renovation and new construction projects at Trine University (Ind.) some three years ago, officials at the school were building something far more important: relationships.

But Where Are the Books?

As academic libraries evolve beyond information storage, institutions turn to space-saving automated retrieval systems.

Beyond the Bond Campaign

Public relations efforts should continue after a bond passes. Once the votes are counted the real work begins.
 

IT'S BEEN MONTHS, EVEN years, of campaigning for your bond, but once election day is over you can rest, right? Wrong--that's when the real work begins.

History in the Making

Historic buildings offer lessons from the past and context for the future, but bringing them up to speed requires more than textbook construction strategies.
 

SENSE OF PLACE

Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire

Those familiar with the University of New Hampshire often hear its name and first think of Thompson Hall. UNH's original building, circa 1892, stands out on campus and appears everywhere from on letterheads to online. It's listed on the national historic registry, too.

Parking: A Lot to Look At

A parking lot or garage doesn't have to be an eyesore. On some campuses, these spaces are aesthetic places.
 

Averting Housing Havoc

In student housing projects, missed completion dates cause costly administrative nightmares. Successfully managing construction interruptions and other issues that arise is the best defense.







 

You might call it the 100-bed dash. Yet Warren Wilson College's spring 2003 student housing construction project went off with a flame, not a bang.

Got to Grow - But Where to Go?

The process of stretching out a campus can go smoothly when community concerns are taken to heart.

In terms of expansion planning, University of St. Francis had done everything right. The Catholic institution in Joliet, Ill., got input from city officials and residents. School officials even had the Cathedral Area Preservation Association's (CAPA) support, which was key with the campus falling within that city section.

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