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Building Renovation

In UB’s latest edition of Inside Look, find out how architects maintain the historical integrity of structures when repurposing buildings for higher ed use—while ensuring they provide comfort and the modern conveniences students need.

Tulane’s project team constructed a “wave glass” siding of classrooms and offices that winds around century-old oak trees and connects two renovated 46,000-square-foot facilities to put the institution’s business programs under one roof.

Sound advice: Do not let acoustic problems linger, recognize that smart classrooms have different acoustic needs, ensure acoustics is considered from the start and be proactive.

Take this quiz to find out if your campus has acoustic problems in its classrooms.

Take this quiz to find out if your campus has acoustic problems in its classrooms. If so, the facilities department should assess the acoustics to determine if there are problems with reverberation or ambient noise. Hiring an acoustical consultant would help determine whether your facilities team is using the best solutions to resolve issues with sound systems.

Colleges and universities are getting students involved in on-campus construction projects, using sites as learning labs.

Colleges and universities are getting students involved in on-campus construction projects, using sites as learning labs.


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Theresa Sullivan Barger is a Connecticut-based writer.

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.

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

Heading to the campus library used to mean needing serious study silence or a spot for solitary scholarly pursuits. Although the library’s shell may look the same, inside it’s a decidedly different and livelier place.

“The hush-hush is over. Instead you get noise, you get dialogue, you get engagement, you get creativity, you get sharing,” says Jim Draper, vice president and general manager at Gale, the division of Cengage Learning that provides digital and print products to libraries.

From BYOD environments to high bandwidth applications, there is intense pressure on network infrastructures. Upgrading is a high priority for higher education technology leaders. In this web seminar broadcast on September 20, an administrator from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts described how the school faced those challenges head on when it embarked on a fourth-generation upgrade and redesign of its network to meet the changing demands of its users.

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