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Articles: Campus Construction

Scott D. Miller is president of Virginia Wesleyan University.

How a successful relationship between an institution and its construction partner can lead to productive collaboration. Carefully managed projects suggest vibrancy and viability to students, families and donors. 

Acoustic design experts discuss: How are higher ed institutions doing in recognizing the importance of acoustics and noise control in new and existing learning spaces? What’s one thing you wish campus administrators understood better about acoustics?

Although Hurricane Irma halted progress, the new 63,000-square-foot library opened just a month behind schedule. It now provides students with space for using technology and overseeing building projects.

Some colleges and universities approach campus construction sites as living laboratories—setting up instruction opportunities for students.

Here are 13 strategies to consider when setting up instruction opportunities.

At Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Innovation and Research Park in Chicago, the first building in what could be a multiphase development will generate an estimated 500 jobs and $117 million annually.

To celebrate its bicentennial in 2018, Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, built a 76,000-square-foot arena that meets the needs of its Division I hockey program while also serving the entire campus community.

Where do campuses fall short on groundskeeping and landscaping, and what misconceptions do administrators outside of facilities departments have about groundskeeping?

At Boise State University's Micron Center for Materials Research, students and faculty will have access to 40 research laboratories and other spaces.

The Ringling College of Art and Design’s campus in Sarasota, Florida, has given the Alfred R. Goldstein library its own three-story structure in the heart of the campus.

By 2019, students will have access to two new residence halls totaling 85,000 square feet and featuring three floors of double rooms and four-person suites. 

Improving space utilization is a goal on every campus, with data analysis tools and software key to many efforts. Ultimately, there are different cases for different spaces.

When it comes to space utilization, what is one aspect that higher ed institutions may not necessarily be thinking about but should consider?

“Current trends in wellness combined with the space efficiencies of shared spaces over private offices and labs should lead to common facilities that optimize access to daylight, fresh air and connection to the outside. The enhanced experience of these healthier spaces will offset any perceived benefits of private rooms that tax space utilization rates.”

Three new buildings added 800,000 square feet to Notre Dame’s football stadium. The Indiana university touts the four-year endeavor, completed in fall 2017, as the largest construction project in its 175-year history.

Higher ed museums continue to evolve, but tried-and-true practices drive current trends such as galleries with moveable walls, event spaces and AV technology.

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