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Universities undergo construction to upgrade their sports arenas and academic facilities.  

It’s not uncommon for officials at institutions, including Lone Star College, to realize the full value of getting technology leaders intimately involved in construction projects right from the get-go after going over budget on a project because IT was brought in too late.

While executing an eight-building, $157 million construction and renovation project in 2014, officials at Del Mar College in Texas forgot one critical player: the tech expert. Information technology administrators weren’t brought on board until just before the design was finalized.

Campuses have already connected a wide array of objects to the digital world,  including parking meters, washing machines and library stands that show where books are located.

The internet of things technology has the potential to change the way buildings are designed and constructed. For colleges and universities, that could mean enabling people to control the temperature at their individual workstations or light a path in a hallway from a smartphone.

A century-old Gothic high school has been transformed into a new biological sciences education and research center as well as the new home for the New Jersey Innovation Institute.

Sometimes it becomes clear very early on that a facilities project—especially a solar initiative—will be complicated.

Deciding where to install a solar array is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make.

Respond yes or no to the following questions as a first step in determining which type of installation makes more sense for your campus.

Rooftop installation

Are there obstructions on the roof—such as skylights, HVAC systems or other equipment—that would make it difficult to install solar panels?

Iowa State is partnering with EdR and River Caddis Development (Memphis) to add 320,000 square feet of student residential and mixed-use retail space to the southwest corner of campus.

The Core Campus Project—a mixed-use addition to Clemson University—includes student housing, retail and residential dining, and is also a centralized home for the Calhoun Honors College.

Campus discussions about spend analytics might sound like a late night infomercial: Implement the technology and save millions!

The newest addition to the Boca Raton campus is a 96,000-square-foot state-of-the-art football practice facility and academic space.

If colleges choose to simply shutter older structures and let them sit unoccupied, it's important to remember that honesty is the best policy during campus tours, says David Hawkins, executive director for educational content and policy for the National Association for College Admission Counseling. (GettyImages.com: FozzyB)

The combination of the campus expansion boom of the past decade and the recent flattening of enrollment rates continues to create a significant backlog of deferred maintenance at many institutions, says report.

Trends in campus chapels mirror those of places of worship in general: New and renovated spaces are becoming more tech-enabled and multifunctional, with added emphasis on creating a gathering place for an entire community, regardless of religious denomination.

The largest capital project in Central Michigan University’s history, a new four-story, 170,000-square-foot Biosciences Building is a science showcase—right down to the numerous glass-walled labs that facilitate observation of ongoing research.

Kevin Wayer is an international director and co-president of JLL’s Public Institutions group, providing real estate services to higher ed institutions.

To bridge the gap between dwindling public resources and the growing cost of infrastructure and facilities, a public-private partnership (P3) can be a solution that infuses capital into an overstretched budget and makes new development financially feasible.

MONTCLAIR, New Jersey—Montclair State had been a university for only a few years when Susan Cole took over as president in 1998. She wanted the job—her second presidency—because she saw vast, untapped potential on the campus of 12,000 students. She also felt certain that she could, pretty quickly, ensure the institution lived up to its new name.

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