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Conference Presentations

Using Metrics to Maximize the UW-Platteville Engineering Facility

Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. We’ll discuss how we leveraged metrics and space utilization studies to achieve a unifying one-building solution for all engineering programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville rather than the original master plan vision for three buildings.
Webinar Recordings


A Safe Return to Research Laboratories
Published 2020
Recorded June 10. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for laboratory environments. Labs were shut down in a matter of days to follow the “stay-at-home” order. As we look forward to the reopening of labs post-COVID-19, this webinar will provide some considerations that will guide the creation of a safe and healthy lab environment as well as discussions on real challenges from universities’ perspectives.
Conference Presentations

The Innovation Campus

Northeastern University Bridging the Gap to Industry
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Atlantic Regional Conference. We will share how Northeastern University developed the Innovation Campus at Burlington, Massachusetts (ICBM) using alternative financing strategies, private partnerships, creatively re-purposed existing facilities.
Example Plans

Supporting Document Locked

Private Doctoral/Research University (MD, United States)
This document represents recommended guidelines for a gradual, phased reactivation of research activities at the university.

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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Phased Transformations of Academic Buildings

Can’t vacate the facility? Renovation in stages can be planned efficiently.
From Volume 48 Number 1 | October–December 2019
When you’re renovating a campus building, you’re contending with dust, noise, vibration, the risk of budget overruns, relocating occupants, extended timelines, and more. Following best practices of experienced planners can help you to mitigate the most common challenges.
Conference Presentations

From Stymied to STEM Lab

Purdue University’s Master Plan Success
Published 2019
We will share lessons learned from Purdue University's college master plan and STEM building that you can use to clarify thinking, focus need, build a case for a new project, and set the stage for future growth.
Conference Presentations

Programming and Designing Science Labs in a P3 Delivery model

Published 2019
This session will focus on how University of California Merced defined an academic and research science program for an unknown group of scientists to allow for a selection process, the resultant design dilemma faced by the architects, and how the team took on the challenge of modifying the generic laboratories.
Conference Presentations

Iconic Design Problem Solving and Entrepreneurship Create Collaborative Incubator Spaces

Published 2019
We will reveal our methodology for how institutions can generate new economies, define an innovation campus identity, and utilize brownfields.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Designing for STEMLocked

California Community Colleges Are Helping Shape the STEM Workforce of the Future
From Volume 47 Number 1 | October–December 2018
Community colleges are developing sophisticated simulation laboratories, makerspaces, and innovation centers to prepare students to successfully enter the STEM workforce and meet the needs of high-tech employers.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Out of the ShadowsLocked

Science and Technology Buildings Emerge as Campus Experience Hubs
From Volume 47 Number 1 | October–December 2018
To prepare students for 21st-century careers, recent capital investments are placing science and technology at the center of campus, with new facilities designed as both social and learning spaces.

Developing Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Spaces That Can Inform Institutional Missions of Learning and EngagementLocked

Published 2014
This research report explores the value of applying social science approaches to learning space design, toward understanding how students’s perceptions of campus space affect their learning experience.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Laboratory Campus for the HandicappedLocked

From Volume 4 Number 1 | February 1975