October 11, 2018 | Virginia Commonwealth University | Richmond, VA
We all know the challenges of coordinating strategic, academic, and facilities planning on campus and within the context of the greater community to support institutional mission and strategic objectives. Add to that the challenge of accomplishing these goals while creating capacity to adapt to unexpected and disruptive events. Issues faced by colleges and universities, such as transportation, politics, sustainability, infrastructure, and overcrowding, are very familiar to planners who deal with them every day. However, diminishing resources and disruptive events demand that campus planners apply a resilience lens to the campus planning process.
Building resilience requires looking at a campus holistically: understanding the systems that make up the campus and the interdependencies and risks they face. Relationships between institutions and their community constituencies—governmental planning authorities, funding sources, physical infrastructure managers, and first responders, to name a few—impact these interdependencies. By strengthening these systems and gaining a better understanding of potential threats and stresses, a campus can improve its future and manage impact on the campus, facilities, and the wellbeing of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Please join your peers in Richmond, VA, for a day of sessions that will examine why and how making resiliency a key factor in integrated planning for all campuses will lead to better designed projects and policies.
We will finish the day with a round table panel discussion with all of our speakers from the day followed by a campus tour.
Identify potential threats and events that could disrupt a campus both physically and operationally, including climate change, sea level rise, active shooter incidents, and terrorism.
Assess your physical infrastructure's readiness (both within and surrounding your campus) for disruptive events as well whether your institution is prepared to coordinate with municipal organizations when responding to disruptive events.
Describe best practices for improving your campus’s physical and operational resiliency through improved communications and an integrated approach to strategic, facilities, and financial planning.
Create mutually beneficial relationships with campus constituencies and with your host communities to improve your institution's capacity to address disruptive events. AIA LU 5.5 units.