Conference Presentations

Transforming Vacated Office Space Into Modern Learning Environments

Delivered March 8, 2020
Presented by Jim Barquinero, Senior Vice President Enrollment, Student Affairs and Athletics, Sacred Heart University | Kevin Herrick, Principal, The S/L/A/M Collaborative
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Sacred Heart University

As industry vacates suburbia, universities can leverage vacated office and work buildings into usable, revenue-generating educational facilities. We will discuss how Sacred Heart University acquired the GE world headquarters facility, transforming it to create a modern, nationally branded campus. You will learn what to look for in capital investments, and the opportunities and challenges of converting office space to learning and social environments that will recruit and retain students.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Outline the process of assessing an acquisition's value, including hidden opportunities.
  2. Identify the challenges of converting office space into contemporary learning environments.
  3. Examine one institution's approach to creating a welcoming campus.
  4. Summarize the planning process to renovate workspace into learning environments that support artificial intelligence, cyber security programs, maker spaces, augmented reality, case study rooms, co-working, student life, and athletic space.

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPN20C450) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Member Price: $35 USD | Non-member Price: $50 USD
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