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College library goes beyond the reading room

October, 2016
Open spaces: Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame, newly renovated by Shepley Bulfinch, features student-friendly spaces, such as the second floor study area that overlooks the concourse below and the campus beyond. Photo: ©Barbara Johnston / University of Notre Dame

Many colleges and universities are investing millions of dollars to repurpose or even expand libraries to make room for collaborative learning, technology centers, dining areas, research support and other academic services.

District House at The George Washington University

October, 2016
Mega-flexible: District House is centrally located and designed to be accessed by all students, not just residents. Modular furniture allows design and usage flexibility for residents.

District House, The George Washington University’s new residence hall, overlooks historic sites in the nation’s capital.

Inside Look: College stadiums

September, 2016
Special seating: A seat on the 50-yard line at Kansas State University’s Bill Snyder Family Stadium offers Wildcat boosters a memorable football watching experience. The second, third and fourth levels of the new $75 million West Side Stadium Center have suite, club and loge seating—each at different price points—for season-ticket holders, who also have access to all-inclusive food and beverage in the lounges located behind each seating area. Options range from wider seats to extra leg room to areas that pr

Colleges now enhance game-day experiences with more luxury suites and better wireless connectivity in an effort to lure fans away from the comforts of home and to the stadium. See a slideshow here.

Campus Groundbreakings: Wine, convocations and learning gardens

September, 2016
Wine Spectator Learning Center at Sonoma State University

Wine Spectator Learning Center

Sonoma State University (Calif.)

The $9.2 million Wine Spectator Learning Center will be a 14,500-square-foot centerpiece of Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute, the only school in the U.S. that offers a wine industry MBA.

The Payden Academic Center Trinity Washington University

August, 2016
21st century learning: The first new academic building built at Trinity Washington University in more than 50 years, The Payden Academic Center brings state-of-the-art nursing and science labs to a campus with roots in the Victorian Era. The exterior blends with the architectural style of other campus buildings, with a façade comprised of precast and stone and the roof covered in terra cotta tiles.

The first new academic building added to Trinity’s historic Washington, D.C. campus in more than half a century, provides much needed instructional space for the school’s growing nursing and health programs as well as a step into modern architecture.

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