Conference Presentations

Making STEM Spaces the New Campus Hubs for Student Life

Delivered October 26, 2021
Presented by Charles Smith, CannonDesign | Karen Wolfert, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

STEM facilities are quickly catching up to unions as the heart of student life on campus. To better support student recruitment, retention, and success, STEM facilities must provide a mashup of social and academic space that students need for sparking connections, partnerships, and friendships. We'll explore this growing trend and introduce strategies for making STEM facilities hubs for campus life. Join us to gain a solid understanding of the trends shaping the future of STEM facilities, including a look inside the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's future-forward chemistry building.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Challenge assumptions about the types of experiences today’s STEM facilities should accommodate.
  2. Rethink existing STEM environments to better support students academically and socially.
  3. Contribute to strategic conversations about programming future-forward STEM facilities.
  4. Share proven best practices from institutions that have successfully repositioned STEM facilities as campus hubs for student life.


Charles Smith, Director Education Market, CannonDesign
Karen Wolfert, Senior Architect & Planner, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPC21C1386) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Delivered 10/26/2021.

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