Planning for Higher Education Journal

Fusion Building

New Trend with Some Old Roots
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From Volume 37 Number 2 | January–March 2009
By Craig A. Hamilton
Planning Types: Campus Planning

The focus on the quality of a student’s entire academic experience has led to a greater emphasis on student life activities and facilities. In response, many campuses are renovating, expanding, or creating new buildings that support student life. While many of these are traditional stand-alone student dormitories, dining facilities, unions, and recreational facilities, there are examples where these historically separate program elements have been combined in new mixed-use buildings, known as “fusion” facilities. This article examines some of the historical precedents of this phenomenon, gives relevant examples, and discusses advantages and disadvantages of this new building type.

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