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Planning for Higher Education Journal

‘Agile’ Design for the Future-Ready Campus

‘Agile’ project management is an iterative methodology emphasizing collaboration, user feedback, and small, rapid initiatives to adapt quickly and efficiently to change.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

‘Colorblind-Spots’ in Campus Design

Educational leaders are noting that conventional campus design planning efforts have neglected to include the voices of historically underserved communities. Socio-spatial inquiry can help institutions offer an equity approach to inclusivity and authentic engagement.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

“Bubble Goo” Strategic Planning Case Study

The strategic exercise provided the opportunity to formulate concepts and create frameworks for student life space and experience, all while defining a program for the transformation of the campus center.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

“Menus That Matter” at the Heart of Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Bronson Healthy Living Campus

Culinary and food professionals can serve as positive change agents in society.
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2007 Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) Report

How are institutions using their space? This report from the SCUP Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) aggregates space data submitted to the CFI survey from 2006 and 2007.
Partner Content

2018 SCUP Excellence Awards

Read about the winning projects and teams from SCUP’s 2018 Excellence Awards program.
Example Plans

2019 Campus Master Plan

Webinar Recordings

2020 Virtual SCUP Excellence Awards Presentation and Jury Conversation

We invite you to watch the 2020 virtual SCUP Excellence Awards presentation and jury conversation. The Excellence Awards program recognizes and applauds institutions and organizations whose planning achievements exemplify excellence and dedication in higher education campus planning.
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2021 Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) Report

The 2021 Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) report’s valuable facilities benchmarking data will help college and university leaders understand not only what they have now and how it compares, but also how things might change in the future.
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2022 Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) Report

The 2022 Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) report’s valuable facilities benchmarking data will help college and university leaders understand not only what they have now and how it compares, but also how things might change in the future.
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2023 Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) Report

The 2023 Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) report’s valuable facilities benchmarking data will help college and university leaders understand not only what they have now and how it compares, but also how things might change in the future.
Webinar Recordings

A Community College Perspective on Their Role in Future-Proofing Education

Richard Fort from Johnson County Community College and James Pfeiffer from BNIM will share lessons learned from post-covid educational offerings and incorporating a diversity of spatial and programmatic options to facilitate workforce development.
Conference Recordings

A Data-driven Approach to Campus Planning

In this session, we'll share our innovative approach to enhancing the design process through data-driven design, a highly-collaborative process that generates unlimited experimental designs through customizable algorithms.
Webinar Recordings

A Different Kind of SMART

In this presentation, we discuss how to identify and select appropriate metrics—equally focused on education and research—for evaluating “SMART” research laboratories.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Half-Century of Change on College Hill

One of the epicenters of the historic preservation movement in the United States, the east side of Providence is also home to Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. Preservation leaders and institutional leaders—sometimes adversaries, sometimes partners—took a meandering path toward the expansive notion of Historic Providence that we see today. This article will explore the changing notions of cities, preservation, and institutional development on what is aptly called College Hill. It is a story of mutual support, conflicting values, and an extraordinary act of planning: the College Hill Study.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Master Facilities Planning Process That Focuses on ROI

In a time when public funding is decreasing, it is advantageous to develop capital improvement plans that demonstrate how to achieve maximum financial benefits.
Conference Recordings

A New Plan for Building Green

This session will focus on the next step in the evolution of green building and provide a comprehensive sustainability framework for responsible development with a holistic view of the campus and community wellbeing.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Rubric for Campus Heritage Planning

The idea is to make architectural preservation a part of the living progress of the institution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Tribute to Achievement and Excellence

The society’s 2012 awards recognize and applaud individuals and organizations whose achievements exemplify excellence and dedication in planning for higher education.
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A Tribute to Achievement and Excellence

The society’s 2014 award program recognizes and applauds individuals and organizations whose achievements exemplify excellence and dedication in planning for higher education. Jurors share their comments and trends pulled from the 2014 winners.
Conference Recordings

A University’s Successful Campus Relocation Using Integrated Planning

This session will discuss how the University of Western States used integrated planning and data-informed decision making to design, build, and relocate to a new campus over a two-year period.
Webinar Recordings

A Wellness Masterplan

Imagine the impact we could have if wellness was the first point of consideration in decision making and planning.
Conference Presentations

ABCs of PPPs

Presentation about Public-Private Partnerships (P3) including how they work, when to use them, and a number of case studies.
Conference Recordings

Achieving a Sustainable Campus Master Plan through Integrative Design

This session will explore Princeton University’s campus master plan, which engages an ethos of sustainability through the lens of carbon emissions, landscape design, energy, and water efficiency, from design through construction.
Webinar Recordings

Achieving Big Carbon Reduction Goals With Small Targeted Building Actions

This session will provide insight on useful data types for existing building stock and a process for existing conditions exploration to address carbon neutral goals and deferred maintenance within time and budget constraints.
Conference Presentations

Adapt or Perish

This session explores critical education/workforce gaps in higher education and how they can be addressed through academic planning and learning environments.
Conference Recordings

Adapting the Campus

We will share how The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is navigating the fall semester and its overall vision for the campus, including opening a living and learning neighborhood to enhance student life and success in the midst of the pandemic.
Conference Recordings

Adapting to COVID-19 During a Library Building Project

We will explore how Kenyon College is keeping the momentum of its master plan implementation alive while adapting to the COVID-19 era through the lens of an in-construction library project.
Conference Recordings

Addressing Mental Health and Implementing Holistic Wellness on Campus

We'll share approaches and resources that you can use to meaningfully design healthier spaces and implement mental health and wellness programs on your campus.
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Aligning the Strategic Campus Plan With the Institutional Mission in 2030

This study reviews the scholarly literature and the expert views of practitioners in campus planning (both virtual and physical) to forecast how campuses might evolve between now and 2030.
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An Exploration of Lactation Policy and Lactation Facilities Across US Higher Education Campuses (Wellness Rooms)

SCUP and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing collaborated in a nationwide study to explore lactation policy and facilities in US colleges and universities. Download the report, learn about the study, and find many other related resources here.
Conference Presentations

An Implementable Master Plan for Access, Student Success, and Sustainable Growth

A state mandate to increase undergraduate enrollment, the aspiration to achieve an Association of American Universities institution profile, and a desire to become carbon neutral—we'll discuss how the University of California (UC) Riverside negotiated these competing challenges while developing its master plan.
Partner Content

An Intersection of College and Community: Transforming Unused Facilities Into Vibrant Learning Centers can be a Win-Win

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) collaborated with SCUP for an article in this issue of Learning By Design. Read how Austin Community College repurposed facilities in an abandoned mall into a high-tech center for developmental math instruction.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Analyzing Existing Campus Space for Hybrid Teaching and Learning

In the aftermath of COVID-19, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) rethought learning spaces, adapting them to the good practices that were used during the period of solely online teaching.
Partner Content

Anticipating the Climate Crisis on Campus

Future thinking about creative facilities and infrastructure solutions can be infused into our college and university planning as we confront the climate emergency today.
Conference Presentations

Assessing Learning Environments to Improve Utilization

The team will share how they used software tools to assess and improve the utilization of their learning environments.
Webinar Recordings

Back to School Through the Lens of ASHRAE

Panelists Susanna M. Baker, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Bill Bahnfleth, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and Penn State University, discussed requirements for a typical campus upgrade and reviewed ASHRAE recommendations on improving campus safety in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also addressed some of the unique challenges for an urban campus response to maintaining campus safety.
Conference Recordings

Better Value and Outcomes through Integrative Design

In this session, we'll share our results and challenges with the Integrative Design Process (IDP) at Princeton, and show how you can use an IDP to realize better value and outcomes for your campus project.
Conference Presentations

Beyond Boundaries

In this session, we will share explicit, purposeful strategies for how to administer shared academic arts and campus life programs that foster interdisciplinary inquiry.
Conference Recordings

Bringing a Program Back to Campus

For cultural and financial reasons, Eastern Michigan University explored bringing its College of Business back on campus from downtown Ypsilanti. Learn how bringing a program back to campus can provide your institution with opportunities for reinforcing or changing campus culture, building partnerships, and enhancing program integration.
Conference Presentations

Bringing Industry, Education, and Non-Profits Together

In this session, we will discuss the Construction Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus, that facilitates project-based learning to bring industry partners, non-profits, and students together under a common vision.
Conference Recordings

Bringing it to the City

Come learn how to develop strategic partnerships among university, developer, and consultant stakeholders at your institution as well as optimize site development for long-term improvements in recruitment, retention, and revenue.
Conference Recordings

Building a Path Forward

United Negro College Fund and HBCU college leaders will examine enrollment, instruction, student success, historic preservation, and fundraising in a post-pandemic world and explore how we can transform these challenges into successes.
Conference Recordings

Building Beyond the Campus

Universities can leverage public-private partnerships to expand beyond the boundaries of the campus to relieve space constraints as well as facilitate collaboration with allied institutions.
Conference Recordings

Building Diversity Through Innovative Engagement and Flexible Design

Join us to learn how you can engage diverse student groups in the design process with social media and new technology to create more inclusive and equitable campus spaces.
Partner Content

Building Reuse Is Climate Action

Read about two renovations that substantially reduced emissions while preserving campus character.
Conference Presentations

Building the Brand

In this session, we'll demonstrate how Quinnipiac University communicated its updated brand identity through physical campus renovations.
Webinar Recordings

Building. Mission. Culture.

This presentation will provide insight and offer practical solutions for making DEI and social impact foundational and integrated into every building and planning project.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Campus Chapels

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Campus Design

This book shows how a campus is defined through its physical image—buildings and landscapes are designed to communicate the institution's purpose, presence and domain as well as generate an image charged with symbolism.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Campus Energy Master Planning

Higher education institutions can lead the way in reducing energy consumption and advancing carbon neutrality by starting with their on-campus facilities.
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Campus Heritage

This monograph describes and illustrates the contributions campus heritage can make to promote, strengthen, and support institutional goals and objectives and outlines suggested methods of incorporating campus heritage in campus plans, facility plans, and campus design concepts.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Campus Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

By integrating historic buildings into your campus planning, their continued reuse can help solve some of the specific challenges facing university planners today.
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Campus Image and Identity

The eight chapters in this book reflect Richard Dober’s categories of the elements of campus image and design. Within each chapter, each page displays two campus scenes, chosen for thought-provoking comparison—and a brief comment from Dober regarding each.
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Campus Planning

This classic by Richard P. Dober, which thoroughly reviews the fundamentals of campus planning, was first printed in 1963.
Webinar Recordings

Campus Planning and Design

As colleges and universities pivot to more online learning and remote work while meeting new demands for the wellness and safety of our campus communities, this panel will reveal what we can learn about new directions in campus planning and design.
Conference Recordings

Campus Tour | Drexel University

This campus tour will explore the campus by era, illustrating how various forces and prevailing attitudes towards city life have influenced the campus’s evolution.
Conference Recordings

Campus Tour | H. Lavity Stoutt Community College

This tour chronicles the development of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) into a locally-grounded tertiary institution with international aspirations.
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Campus Tour | Loyalist College

Join us for a campus tour that will guide you through the college's state-of-the-art facilities and give you an inside look at its uniquely supportive community.
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Campus Tour | Temple University

Our tour guides will walk you through this international award-winning facility to share the thought process behind the design, project challenges and solutions, and provide an update on how the library has performed since its opening in Fall 2019.
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Campus Tour | Temple University

This campus tour will explore how Temple University has improved the student and visitor experience through facility upgrades and the use of ’found’ outdoor and interstitial spaces to expand its footprint.
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Campus Tour | Thompson Rivers University

This tour will showcase how TRU has been developing infrastructure befitting a modern university, including learner-centered spaces, research facilities, and housing.
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Campus Tour | Tshwane University of Technology

Join us to find out how this people’s university makes knowledge work in our journey towards digital transformation via integrated planning and effective monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
Conference Recordings

Campus Tour | University of Hawaii at Manoa

This tour will showcase the University of Hawaii’s flagship campus and the unique challenges the university faces with regard to long-term planning, campus redevelopment, and designing in a tropical environment.
Conference Recordings

Campus Tour | University of Toronto

This tour will lead attendees through the eight-story building that features a 500-seat lecture theatre, state-of-the-art collaborative classrooms, workshops, lab spaces, and fabrication facilities as well as several large multidisciplinary research centers and institutes.
Conference Recordings

Campus Tour | University of Toronto-Scarborough

The trail was conceived as a truly accessible pathway that brings our community of all abilities closer to nature and opens up options for teaching and research directly within the lands we occupy.
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Campus Tour | Wilfrid Laurier University

Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University is a new campus landmark designed for academic collaboration and connection with the community.
Conference Recordings

Campus Tour: Northwestern University

Touring select spaces in the Kellogg Global Hub, our professional business school, and Mudd Hall, a mixed-use research and library building, this session will provide an overview of recent north campus development.
Conference Recordings

Campus Tour: University of Illinois at Chicago

This virtual tour will explore formal learning spaces, the social spaces that connect them, the outdoor built environment, and the COVID-19 response strategies implemented to fulfill the academic and research mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) while protecting the health and safety of the university community.
Conference Presentations

Campus Transformation and Community Revitalization

Binghamton University has become a catalyst for transforming and revitalizing an economically-challenged community while maintaining its historical footprint.
Conference Recordings

Can a Campus Plan Drive Equity?

Come find out how you can apply lessons learned and strategies from Wake Tech's inclusive master planning process to successfully respond to opportunities and challenges of diverse enrollment on your campus.
Conference Recordings

Centering Wellbeing and Whole Student Health on Campus

Join us as we take a deep dive into three universities’ recent campus projects aimed at promoting student health and share takeaways at critical junctures of the integrated planning processes.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Change and Renewal for Existing Campus Libraries

Renovating an existing academic library to meet 21st-century needs requires rethinking both its program and design to create a vibrant, welcoming campus hub for all.
Conference Presentations

Changing Landscapes and Environments in Health Professions Education

Come learn how the campus built environment is changing in response to the healthcare industry's evolving challenges and opportunities.
Conference Presentations

Classrooms of the Future in Buildings of the Past

As the university re-evaluates undergraduate learning environments, a pilot classroom in historic Harvard Hall is the springboard for integrated planning and design processes.
Webinar Recordings

Coffee Chat: Feeding and Comforting the Campus Community in a Pandemic

Join us for a discussion on food production and distribution in campus eateries during COVID-19. Questions regarding how the pandemic will influence the dining experience, the evolving menu of sustainable, healthy food, variety and choice, and how students come together to share a meal will be considered.
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Coffee Chat: Maker Movement

Amid the pandemic, makers on campuses across the world have pitched in by crafting 3-D printed face shields, ventilator components, and other life-saving innovations. The value of the maker movement is apparent; but how do we adjust maker spaces to a quarantined, social-distancing world? SCUP members Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham and Heather Taylor moderated this discussion.
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Coffee Chat: Re-Opening

As campuses consider re-opening plans, from staff for summer hours to students in the fall, environmental health and safety is critical. Michelle Santoro and Frank Baxter from Skanska USA Building moderated this Coffee Chat about strategies, lessons, and plans for safely re-opening.
Conference Presentations

Community Engagement Centers

Discover how the University of Pittsburgh delivers diverse expertise and support to communities in need through an off-campus community engagement center initiative.
Conference Recordings

Connecting Wellbeing With Learning and Engagement

We'll demonstrate how two universities are using design to drive impact, sharing resources, and working together to build programs that prioritize student wellbeing.
Partner Content

Considering Students’ Neurodiversity

Given the continuum of human neurodiversity, active learning environments may optimize the learning experience for some students, while creating new challenges for others. When designing active learning spaces, it is imperative to consider student neurodiversity.
Partner Content

Creating a Perfect Union

John Taylor, CEO of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) collaborated with SCUP for an article in this issue of Learning By Design. A more perfect student union is possible when planners understand students and their campus environments, enabling more intentional design for creating and enhancing community building.
Conference Presentations

Creating a Student Success District Through Transformative Renovations

First generation and marginalized students often have difficulty accessing campus services. Holistically supporting students through integrated services so that they feel valued, respected, and included is critical to graduation and retention rates.
Conference Recordings

Creating a Vision and Value Proposition for the Urban Campus

In this session, presenters will show how the Student Center launched the institution’s comprehensive strategy to create a new interdisciplinary culture and an urban ecosystem for Chicago’s South Loop. Learn how you can harness capital assets and resources on your campus to deliver on a vision and drive business objectives, academic mission, and interdisciplinary engagement.
Conference Presentations

Crossroads of Campus

In this session, we'll share how we reactivated a stagnant and segmented university center in a long-neglected sector of campus into a new 'crossroads' destination that connects students, faculty, and staff.
Conference Presentations

Culture and Collaboration

This session is about the challenges and opportunities associated with designing the Beijing home for a newly established international fellowship program – Schwarzman Scholars – at Tsinghua University.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Culture, Context, and the Pursuit of Sustainability

No more ‘business as usual’; we must understand the importance of place and culture, and engage in our design work responsibly and with great innovation.
Conference Recordings

Curriculum and Campus By Design

We'll discuss Yale-NUS's unique educational model, the master planning and programming process for its new campus, and the campus's design.
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Data-driven Space Strategies for Research-intensive Institutions

In this session, you'll learn multiple techniques—analytical, participatory, and action-oriented—that will help you enroll stakeholders, think strategically, and act more constructively to advance space management approaches at your institution.
Conference Recordings

Data-Informed Design Decisions

Come learn how data-informed design can inform your next building project, guide space allocation, and minimize the need for new construction on your campus.
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Data-Informed Space Utilization

This resource is designed to support business officers and other institutional leaders in developing data-informed space utilization practices.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

De-Densifying Classrooms in the COVID-19 Era

Columbia College Chicago’s “logistic growth model,” a mathematical model that is adaptable to highly variable campus spaces, gives priority to human-centered solutions while also promoting physical and emotional well-being. It can flexibly accommodate instructors, teaching assistants, and students for different pedagogical uses and within different types of facilities.
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Decarbonizing Your Campus

This session will discuss transitioning away from fossil fuels for campus heating and transportation and explore new technical, procurement, and phasing strategies to cost-effectively achieve carbon reduction and resiliency goals.
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Designing an Inclusive Engagement Process for Diverse Campus Representation

In this session, presenters share their layered, inclusive planning process that engages and empowers campus and community constituents to celebrate cultural expression through the built environment.
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Designing an Inclusive Post-pandemic Return to Campus

This session will explore the process, key insights, and design interventions from our research project focused on designing a post-pandemic return to campus.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Designing and Building Your Capital Project

The first step in building your capital project is choosing the delivery method that best meets your institution’s needs and the project’s unique goals.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Designing Innovative Campuses for Tomorrow’s Students

Campus design and architecture will be the prime catalysts for transforming universities into our society’s engines of growth.
Conference Presentations

Designing Libraries for Learning

One of three presentations in a collection of informal learning environment imagery presented in twelve minutes or less by campus design leaders.
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Designing the Money

In this session, we'll share how Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) applies a standard process to address its unique capital needs and withstand the test of time. CSCU maintains its 10-year capital plan in a dynamic environment to remain relevant and resilient for allocating resources equitably between its sixteen campuses with optimal effect.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Developing a Comprehensive Housing Strategy: a Case Study

This case study shares successes in developing a long range comprehensive housing strategy for a college with two noncontiguous campuses in a dense urban, cultural center. Some of the successes included are assembling the in-house planning team, using the institution’s mission statement to guide planning, anticipating needs, understanding available resources, and developing a staged strategy that maintains operational continuity.
Conference Recordings

Developing Programs and Facilities for Next Generation Industry Leaders

We'll illustrate how industry-academic partnerships led to the reimagining of vocational education in a new, didactic facility for construction sciences.
Webinar Recordings

Developing Successful Campus Collaborations and Trust During COVID

In this webinar, Gretchen Von Grossmann of Tufts University and Sarah Madden and Kelly McQueeney of Harvard University shared how they have brought their campus communities together to tackle COVID challenges and what protocols and perspectives are becoming “game changers” in the process.

This is part of the series “Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus.”

Planning for Higher Education Journal

Discovering Transformative Opportunities for the Athletic Facilities at the University of Pittsburgh

The challenge for many colleges and universities moving forward is to build and renovate the least amount of space for the greatest number of users and uses.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Diving Into Data

Using data analytics and reviewing facility conditions helped Newberry College enhance space utilization and create a dynamic, adaptable campus.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Dos and Don’t of Historic Preservation on Campus

Restoring fine old buildings is now easier and less expensive, with the right planning.
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Drilling Through the Carbon Barrier

As a model for other institutions, we'll contextualize and detail two of the largest and deepest ground-source heat pump-chiller systems used to unlock campus-wide carbon neutrality—at Boston University and Ball State University.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Educational Innovation and Space Management

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Emerging Vocational Classrooms

Come learn how you can modify your educational facilities in response to emerging vocations and work with local laws, grants, and industry partners to build for changing curricula.
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Engaging Faculty and Industry to Increase Workforce Capacity

In this session, you'll learn how you can enhance awareness of untapped populations to meet industry goals, evaluate opportunities to improve growth outcomes, and grow industry sponsorship investment through academic and equipment planning at your institution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Engaging Stakeholders Locally and Globally

The Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University treated its stakeholders and partners as critical sources of information and inspiration in planning for a dynamic and flexible new world headquarters.
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Enhancing the Student Experience

In this session, we'll explore the attributes, services, and amenities Tarrant County College District is incorporating into their new Northwest Campus renovation to better meet students' needs.
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Every Campus Has One

In this session, you'll learn from three institutions' different but successful approaches: wrapping an existing building; inserting new construction within an existing complex; and reorienting an existing building.
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Evolution of a Mall into a Future-Proofed Campus

We’ll explore how Austin Community College District transformed a declining mall into the Highland Campus, which supports student success through embracing new pedagogies, technology, and integrated programs that prepare students for the future.
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Examining Naming Issues on Campus

This is a SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2020–2021 program. This report summarizes the specific cases of US institutions that addressed a problematic building or facility naming issue between 2014 and 2021 and what each of them chose to do when faced with this challenging decision.
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Experience vs Convenience

Two universities share how their hospitality teams rethought their dining operations over the past year—UConn, as one of the country's largest self-operated food service programs, focused on maintaining diverse options; Yale, as a transformational organization, committed to table gatherings and healthy, locally-sourced food.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Experiences and Insights from Use of a Design-Build Process in Founding a New Campus

Design-build was the best choice for K-State Olathe because of the flexibility with regard to unknown users and change stakeholder expectations.
Conference Presentations

Exploring History of Place Through Inclusive Planning and Programming

The growth of the University of Calgary’s Veterinary Medicine program has been a catalyst for several initiatives on campus, including the development of a long range plan, creation of an inclusive program, and development of micro degrees.
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Face to Face

We'll discuss how the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a public flagship university with a large residential population, changed instructional delivery across academics, educational, and residential spaces.
Webinar Recordings

Facilities Planning for Community Colleges

The planning team for Portland Community College will discuss lessons learned while practicing equity to create an inclusive Facilities Plan for Oregon’s largest higher education institution on thresholds of global, local, and institutional shifts.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Financial Planning for Central Utility Plant Decarbonization

Vital stakeholder feedback and consensus from various university departments reveal the proper approach to building issues. Institutions such as the University of North Dakota used technical planning to produce well-informed financial modeling and right-sized financial plans.
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Financial Planning Guidelines for Facility Renewal and Adaption

This publication provides executive managers and trustees with guidelines for long-term financial planning for plant renewal and adaption.
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Five Ways to Advance Higher Education for Future Viability

In the fall of 2020, SCUP’s Pacific Region held five sessions over eight weeks to explore the core topics shaping higher education as colleges and universities adapted in response to the pandemic. This publication offers key insights, findings, and questions from this Virtual Pacific Region Fall Series.
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FLIPP: A Tool to Align Campus Stakeholders for Space Planning

Join us as we discuss how the FLIPP: FLEXspace Integrated Planning Pathway may help serve your needs with academic facilities planning, while building cooperative trust among campus advisors.
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From “What if?” to What’s Next?”

In this session, we will explore how to plan a campus ecosystem that connects business with people, ideas, and resources to drive a new research and education model.
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From “Breaking Bad” to Breaking Norms

We will demonstrate how advances in modular building delivery are being applied to sophisticated buildings (including BL2 and vivarium) such that users perceive them as an improvement to the current condition.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

From Lagging to Leading

An integrated team of cross-discipline collaborators accomplished their objective of creatively reimagining athletic facilities at two institutions for the greater good of each campus and its community. Using sustainable and cost-efficient design opportunities and aligned technologies, they succeeded in countering the outdated stereotype of the athletic building as a lagging energy performer.
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From Siloed to Sustainable

In this session, you'll learn how to combine digital and physical environments, promote diversity and inclusion, and implement flexibility within campus spaces to prepare your institution for a more blended world.
Conference Recordings

From Siloed to Sustainable

In this session, you'll learn how to combine digital and physical environments, promote diversity and inclusion, and implement flexibility within campus spaces to prepare your institution for a more blended world.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Fully Engaged

The most effective master plans are those that reflect the myriad voices of the institution. Engagement should be informative, inclusive, meaningful, and fun—and should be the product of an integrated process.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Getting in the eGame

The University of Kentucky understood the importance of technology in preparing students for the digital world. With public-private partnerships, it sought opportunities to be an industry leader in leveraging that capacity for its students, faculty, staff, and the community.
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Go Fast, Go Slow

This session outlines a process for leveraging energy modeling early to gauge and clarify zero net energy (ZNE) feasibility and articulating the value proposition of high-performance design leadership. Come learn how to set meaningful energy targets, identify crucial design decisions, and demonstrate to stakeholders that setting ZNE goals is vital during procurement.
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Go Outside! Learnscapes and Optimizing the Spaces In Between

In this session, we'll discuss how to connect structure, landscape, and sustainability to counter VUCA and establish stable and productive learning environments that enhance performance, creativity, and wellness through connections to nature and newly-expanded views and perspectives.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Good Academic Planning Is What Happens . . .

The division of Academic Affairs at the University of West Georgia worked with SCUP to integrate academic planning with facilities, accreditation, budget, student affairs, and student success.
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Hampshire College

In this session, Hampshire College provides a model for how resource-limited campuses can leverage their sustainability assets to support curricular and community transformation.
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Highlander Accelerator

In this session, we will discuss how to successfully plan campus facilities that accommodate place-specific educational content for non-traditional and underrepresented students as well as lifelong learning for community members.
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Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Tour

This virtual tour will explore how the campus embraces its multi-cultural history and uses the Ybor City National District as a living laboratory to facilitate its programs with a focus on Hillsborough Community College’s community connections.
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How a Substation Project Enabled a New Academic Research Building at Penn

This session will explore how the University of Pennsylvania is achieving new student learning and research spaces within an infrastructure project.
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How Assessment Can Improve Your Campus’s Active Learning Spaces

Come join us for an engaging and interactive session that will provide you with critical, campus-tested planning tools that you can use in your own classroom assessment to improve your campus learning environment.
Partner Content

How the Built Environment Can Support Mental Health on Campus

The built environment has a powerful impact on the mental health and wellness of students. Mental well-being can be supported throughout the campus by incorporating many thoughtful planning and design approaches.
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How the Performing Arts Foster Successful Long-term Town and Gown Relationship Growth

This session will discuss how performing arts facilities, when successfully planned, designed, and programmed, can enhance and respond to evolving campus and community cultural demands.
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How to Transform Your Learning Environments for COVID-19

While it’s daunting to have to reconfigure classrooms and reexamine pedagogy and campus operations, in the best light this pandemic offers an opportunity for rapid experimentation and innovation. Panelists from leading planning and design firm Sasaki and Smith College discussed how institutions can dig into their existing classroom data to engage in scenario modeling and clearly understand how classroom capacities and scheduling will shift this fall.
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Howard Forward

Come learn from Howard Forward, Howard University's targeted campus planning effort, how you can apply strategies from our focused campus planning to positively impact your institution's short and long-term resilience.
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Hybrid Learning Environments

Recently, Morgan State University began constructing its new Thurgood Marshall residence hall and we'll explore how we used design and technology to support the building's hybrid environment.
Conference Presentations

Iconic Design Problem Solving and Entrepreneurship Create Collaborative Incubator Spaces

We will reveal our methodology for how institutions can generate new economies, define an innovation campus identity, and utilize brownfields.
Webinar Recordings

Impact of COVID-19 on Campus

Panelists Michelle Maheu, Wellesley College, and Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, shared their insights about developing response processes and the potential outcomes on their respective campuses, especially when making decisions when information is limited and the variables are unknown. This session was moderated by Deirdre Fernandes, a reporter with the Boston Globe.

This is the first installment of the series “Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus.”

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Implementing HyFlex Learning Environments

In this presentation, we’ll: 1) explain the HyFlex teaching approach, 2) briefly review design values and principles, and 3) consider ways that faculty and design professionals can create accessible, equitable and high-quality learning for all students, regardless of participation mode.
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In Search of Hybrid

This session will explore the evolution of Harvard Business School's space and technology planning process through two completed distance learning projects—one envisioned before COVID and one created after.
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In Sync

Designers and clients, whether in education or the corporate world, will each enjoy the way existing environmental/behavior research can be applied to the thoughtful consideration of these archetypes, either standing alone or used in combinations to create rich, interactive learning spaces.
Conference Presentations

Incorporating a K12 Facility on Your Campus

We will discuss the development of facilities to support K12 programs on a university campus, provide principles for creating multi-generational learning institutions, and translate the process of inquiry to fulfilling a university’s mission.
Conference Presentations

Incorporating Critical Race Theory in Physical Planning

Learn from Portland Community College's ongoing exploration of what it means to apply Critical Race Theory to the built environment.
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Innovative Universities of the Future

In this session, a historian and an architect will share conceptual new forms for innovation, exploring structures for hybrid education and speculative designs from five 'reinvented' universities.
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Insights

This capstone session will identify key insights from the series, pose new questions, and offer creative, actionable ideas for moving higher education forward.
Conference Presentations

Inspiration, Realization, and Cross-disciplinary Success

Leaders involved in the planning, design, operation, and evolution of two successful STEM and innovation centers will share the most impactful decisions affecting the long-term success of their work, including how location, governance, funding, programming, and promotion influence dynamic interdisciplinary results.
Conference Recordings

Institutional Resilience

In this session, we'll demonstrate through two University of Pennsylvania projects how institutions can approach sustained enrollment, cross-disciplinary collaboration, navigating the funding environment, and adapting to changing user needs in support of long-term institutional resilience.
Conference Presentations

Institutional Strategies in Project Delivery

Brown University's Strategic Sourcing program, a strategic partnership that streamlines planning, design, and construction for the university, delivers higher quality project outcomes with long-term financial savings.
Example Plans

Integrated Planning Cycle Infographic With Links to College Plans

The institution displays their list of institutional plans in a clickable infographic that shows them in the context of the long-range planning cycle and the annual cycle.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Integrated Project Planning in a Construction Management Environment

When the whole team knows the “why” behind the planning and design process, the result is a better “what.”
Conference Presentations

Integrating Facility and Academic Master Plans Through Collaboration

In this session, we will share how the Mid-Plains Community College engaged in a collaborative process across the campus and community to integrate the facility and academic master plans.
Conference Recordings

Integrating Inclusivity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism in Design

This session will explore the role IDM plays in Western Michigan University's design process and its influence on the development of its new student center.
Conference Presentations

Integrating Indigenous Experience into Vital Placemaking on Campus

Planning for inclusive spaces where students can see themselves and achieve success requires critical approaches, diverse perspectives, and representative processes.
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Integrating Place and Pedagogy to Foster Active Learning

Planners from four universities will explore how active learning environments are evolving on their campuses, leading to more engaging learning experiences and improving student outcomes.
Conference Presentations

Integrating Sustainability on Campus

Learn about critical lessons and tools used to integrate sustainability at the University of Houston, allowing teams to manage both long- and short-term decision making.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Is a Capital Project on Your Plate?

Here are eight steps proven to help planners navigate the complexities and avoid the pitfalls that are too often part of the process when planning and funding capital projects.
Conference Recordings

Isttaniokaksini / Science Commons

Isttaniokaksini—the Blackfoot name bestowed on the new Science Commons for transdisciplinary science at the University of Lethbridge—means deep knowledge and awareness growing out of the unknown. Planned for many generations into the future, the design creates a highly sustainable, flexible, and supportive platform for discovering solutions to the challenges facing humanity, nature, and the universe.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

It Takes a (Virtual) Village

This large community college successfully embraced virtual communication platforms and moved forward with a viable 10-year plan during a global health crisis, economic turbulence, and technological change.
Conference Recordings

Keynote | Designing for Student Success

In this session, we will explore how campus leaders can align the messaging of the campus built environment with institutional values and break down barriers to help students feel a sense of belonging, engagement, and community on campus.
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Keynote | Morgan State University

While students have greatly enjoyed the inclusive atmosphere, comradery, and campus activities at Morgan State University (MSU), they were less enthusiastic about the outdated campus housing and dining facilities—join us to learn about the planning process behind MSU’s 21st-century 700-bed housing facility, including a state-of-the-art dining hall.
Conference Recordings

Keynote | STEM Continuum

This keynote panel is a collaborative exploration of forward-thinking strategies for STEM outreach, education, and application.
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Keynote | Villanova

Learn about the decade-long collaborative design process for an important new Villanova University campus development along a bustling regional thoroughfare.
Conference Presentations

Keynote | When a Building is More Than a Building

Join us in an exploration of how leadership at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville plays a key role in creating welcoming campus spaces.
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Keynote: Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Learn about the latest evidence behind WELL’s new Health-Safety Rating for Facilities Management and Operations, and how the WELL Building Standard can elevate the role of buildings in the fight against COVID-19.
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Keynote: USF Health Downtown

In this panel discussion, you’ll learn how the University of South Florida (USF) is remaking an urban landscape through their medical programs in downtown Tampa.
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Kings of Infinite Space

This book sketches an evolved comprehensive space planning practice, with its emphases on utilization, economic value, quality, and accountability both to the institutional mission and to stakeholders.
Conference Presentations

Launching the Duquesne College of Osteopathic Medicine From the Ground Up

Establishing a new college within a university requires coordination with the accrediting body, other university disciplines, the city, donors, and neighboring landowners. We’ll outline and discuss how we navigated the process, challenges, and opportunities related to Duquesne University’s new College of Osteopathic Medicine, including the collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh’s Forbes Avenue Improvement Initiative.
Conference Presentations

LCC’s Health Professions Building: Centering Vitality Through Community Benefit

Lane Community College’s (LCC) unique commitment to uphold principles articulated in their Community Benefits Agreement allowed for an innovative planning and design process that centered on the core needs of its most marginalized community members.
Conference Presentations

Learning Spaces of the Future

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Lessons From the Pandemic

This session will invite you to reconsider student-centered teaching strategies at your institution and reimagine the campus spaces and infrastructure that support them.
Conference Recordings

Lessons Learned From The Fall 2020 Reopening

During the Fall of 2020, institutions across the Pacific Region will develop and implement protocols for reopening. What will stick? What’s been merely disruptive versus an acceleration of much needed changes as higher education evolves to better serve students? How are new approaches supporting an institution’s core mission?
Conference Recordings

Leveraging On-Campus Childcare as Part of the ‘New Normal’

This session will focus on leveraging on-campus childcare, an overlooked but integral piece of a successful integrated strategy for returning to a robust in-person campus experience.
Conference Presentations

Leveraging Performing Arts Programs to Enhance the Urban Condition

As the role of arts and culture in our cities evolves, institutions are responding by growing their performing arts programs to enhance connection and build community.
Conference Presentations

Leveraging the On-Campus Admissions Center to Showcase Institutional Values

We will discuss the planning and design of Colorado University's Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE), providing an example of thoughtful intra-institutional discourse focused on institutional values.
Conference Presentations

Making STEM Spaces the New Campus Hubs for Student 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.
Conference Presentations

Mapping Career Pathways from the Community College Campus to Regional Industry

Community colleges provide equitable access to higher education and pathways to sustainable careers. This session will show how Laurel Ridge Community College (LRCC) secured its role in the regional economy by aligning programs with community priorities and mapping students’ career pathways to inform facilities planning.
Conference Presentations

Master Planning Engagement Strategies for Underrepresented Students

This session offers new practices that yield social equity in campus planning and building design.
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Master Planning Engagement Strategies for Underserved and Underrepresented Students

Learn about new master planning engagement and assessment tools that can reveal and remedy disparities that underserved and underrepresented students encounter.
Conference Presentations

Master Planning Outreach Strategies for Underrepresented Students

This session shares how we developed new practices and tools to deliver better campus experiences for students from nontraditional backgrounds, yielding social equity in campus planning and building design.
Conference Recordings

Mid-century Make-over

As part of repositioning for the 21st century, Drexel University renovated the Korman Center, a 1950s library, and the academic quad to serve as a 24/7 student hub and interdisciplinary academic study center that encourages student collaboration.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Mind and Body

Serving the needs of the whole person—mental health, medical care, recreation and fitness, and other services—is critical to both student and institutional success.
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Mindful Redesign for New and Effective Learning Environments

Join us to discuss what our campuses are planning for the immediate and distant future of teaching and learning.
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Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines

The University of Minnesota follows the state’s sustainable building guidelines, specifically Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), and uses post-occupancy evaluations (POE) to measure user satisfaction with campus buildings. In this session, we’ll demonstrate how to implement sustainability initiatives, which have a significant impact on campus building performance and by extension, user performance and wellbeing.
Webinar Recordings

Mitigating Stress

Backed by neuroscience research from the NBBJ Fellowship Program with New York Times best-selling author Dr. John Medina—an initiative by the global design and planning firm NBBJ—this session presents research and ideas to create more uplifting experiences at work and how to mitigate stress for frontline workers, both immense challenges in light of an ongoing pandemic and the associated economic uncertainty.
Conference Presentations

Modeling Wellness, Inclusion, and Sustainability on an Evolving, Discourse-Rich Campus

Explore how a single project at San Francisco State University—in this case the first major ground-up building in 24 years—models wellness, inclusion, and sustainability for other projects, plans, and policies on an evolving campus.
Conference Recordings

No Net New Space

We'll share the process used at Longwood University to reallocate existing space to align with a new core curriculum centered on deep learning, creativity, and collaboration—and will demonstrate how your institution can use it to assess existing space, reallocate underutilized space, align budget, and advocate for student and faculty buy-in.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Nurturing Your Capital Project

By following the progression of steps needed to complete a typical capital improvement project detailed here, even the most complex project can be accomplished effectively and efficiently.
Conference Presentations

Observed Themes in Higher Education Planning and Design From the 2019 Excellence Award Entries and Recognition of Winners

Awards programs are a way to not only recognize and applaud those individuals and organizations whose achievements exemplify excellence but also to provide learning opportunities for everyone whose lives and passions involve higher education. The 2019 jury members will share observations and trends from this year's entries and acknowledge award recipients.
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Observed Themes in Higher Education Planning and Design From the 2021 Excellence Award Entries and Recognition of Winners

The 2021 jury members will share observations and trends from this year’s entries and acknowledge award recipients. Award certificates will be distributed at the end of the program.
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Old Main

This publication describes the forms, fame, and fate of Old Main, arguably higher education's iconic architecture.
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On-campus Student Housing

Come learn from campus facilities planning and student affairs officials, who will address the pros and cons of different delivery methods (P3, purchase/renovation, and conventional construction) from the perspective of up-front costs, operating and maintenance factors, student experience, and functionality.
Conference Presentations

One Campus. Two Institutions. Three Libraries.

Discuss the evolution of three libraries built in three separate centuries on the Bronx Community College of The City University of New York campus.
Conference Presentations

One Yale

Yale has unified its community with strategic development along its two-mile-long urban campus, strengthening diversity and inclusion while the historically dispersed communities of the residential colleges continue to flourish.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Optimizing for Growth

Thomas Jefferson University focused on culture, communications, and collaboration during a transformational period of combining institutions.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Overcoming a $90M Budget Overage in Vanderbilt University’s Residential Colleges

The University, architects, engineers, strategic planning consultants, and contractor teams worked hand in hand to peel back the onion to stem the overruns.
Conference Presentations

P3@UIC

A case study of an academic and residential complex at University of Illinois-Chicago, and plans for future multi-use center.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

P4: The Role of Planning in Successful Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)

Before your institution decides to pursue a P3, make sure you’ve considered the fourth P—Planning—and how the P3 aligns (or doesn’t) with your campus master plan.
Conference Recordings

Paradigm Shift

Experts in design and education, along with a diverse, multi-disciplinary student panel, will share their perspectives on the future of hands-on learning.
Webinar Recordings

Passive House Design and Residence Halls

The session will discuss the basics of Passive House (PH) design, how it can both save energy and improve the quality of the interior environment. The presenters will illustrate how Passive House design has been incorporated from both a design and administrative standpoint at the new residence hall at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Partner Content

Permeability by Design

Permeable spaces invite people in, encourage use, are flexible and memorable, and allow coming and going. You can infuse permeability into almost any learning space. Read how three campuses (Texas A&M University Campus, Clemson University, and University of Calgary) are using permeability in their emerging design elements.
Example Plans

Phase II Facilities Master Plan Summary

A summary of facilities projects the college proposes to fund with capital bond proceeds.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Phased Transformations of Academic Buildings

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 Recordings

Piloting, Scaling, and Committing to Healthier Building Materials

This session will explore the topic of organizational change related to healthier materials and how institutions can serve as change agents.
Conference Presentations

Planning and Designing Effective Shared Facilities

In this session, you will learn operational and planning strategies that will help you to both identify potential programs for sharing and provide a framework for designing your shared environment.
Conference Presentations

Planning and Designing for Innovation

This session is all about these innovation buildings—their design, use, and operations.
Partner Content

Planning Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Campus Environments

Student-centered insights on the design of formal learning environments and informal study and lounge spaces can help campuses increase the sense of belonging and improve learning outcomes for underrepresented students. The author is a SCUP Fellow for the 2020–2021 program. Read her full research project final report which infuses student-centered research into a playbook that can guide universities and design teams through key DEI strategies for planning, designing, and assessing physical campus space.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Planning for Diversity

Exploring new ways to accommodate space needs for transgender people, nursing mothers, and nondenominational serenity environments.
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Planning for the Virtual Learning Campus Landscape

This session will share stories and lessons learned from two institutions regarding their campus adaptations in an effort to improve student retention.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Planning Takes Tragedy to Triumph

After the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey underwent a transformative rebuilding process. Civic engagement was prioritized, resulting in buy-in, support, and representation from the community.
Conference Recordings

Planning the Future of the Past at Lincoln University

Join us to find out how your institution can incorporate its history within its vision, develop strategies for historic building stabilization and renewal, and integrate building strategies with broader campus planning goals.
Conference Presentations

Post-Occupancy Evaluation for Active Learning Environments

We will explore exemplary active-learning environments and the evaluation methodology we used to measure how these environments have elicited learning behaviors that foster student engagement.
Conference Presentations

Programming and Designing Science Labs in a P3 Delivery model

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.
Webinar Recordings

Public Higher Education in Today’s Climate Crisis

With the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events continuing to increase across the country, the need for resilience planning is more critical than ever before.
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Public Higher Education in Today’s Climate Crisis

This is a SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2022–2023 program. This report uses the activities of California State University climate action and adaptation planning to discuss the impacts of extreme weather on university campuses and establish a primer for peer institutions to use as the basis for exploring adoptable model practices.
Conference Presentations

Putting the Green in Infrastructure

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Raising the Bar for High-performance Buildings Amid Unplanned Campus Growth

Join us to hear the success story of Knox's unplanned expansion using an integrated, flexible, and collaborative process that yielded a high-efficiency, high-performance, and award-winning academic art building.
Conference Recordings

Re-imagining Campus Space for a Hybrid Future

This session will share a variety of tested ideas, including shifting from dedicated offices to unassigned workspace, adding flexible research space, and using portfolio reduction to reinvest in learning spaces.
Webinar Recordings

Re-imagining Space Utilization

Engage with Ohio University’s ambitious approach to right-sizing and aligning physical space to programmatic needs. If you are entertaining radical change, this session will help you understand where to start, how to deliver in practice, and how to identify and express impacts that are mission-aligned to gain stakeholder buy-in.
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Reaping the Benefits of a New Building? Without Building New

In this session, we'll demonstrate how to renovate your campus spaces to maximize programming and performance, using a planning approach that addresses the unique challenges of modernizing existing buildings, accommodating future-focused programming needs, and minimizing operational costs.
Conference Presentations

Reassessing the Elements of an Inclusive Campus

Join us for a workshop that will help you reimagine your own campus's academic environments through empathy, adopting different perspectives, and identifying elements of inclusion and exclusion.
Conference Recordings

Reckoning with Entangled Histories

In this symposium, four institutions will share their approaches to these complicated questions and how they’re continuing the conversation around the legacy of slavery on their campuses.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Regionalism, Ecology, and Field-Based Learning

In the rural and remote heart of the Ozark Mountains, Missouri State University and its Ozarks Education Center leverage the unique characteristics of the region to create a setting that supports hands-on active learning.
Webinar Recordings

Reimagining Master Planning at Florida State University

Revising a master plan isn’t usually innovative, but Florida State’s holistic approach is. By engaging the whole institution in the conversation, the master plan reset will ensure that the values and aspirations of the institution are reflected in a built environment that not only meets program needs, but supports and sustains the innovation necessary for post-pandemic realities.
Conference Recordings

Reinvigorating a Campus Landmark

Beginning with the project's conception and taking you through its planning, design, and construction, we will outline our investigation, historic research, and analysis of Harvard University's Stirling-designed postmodern museum to inform its transformation into a vibrant academic building housing a variety of programs.
Example Plans

RELLIS Campus Master Plan

Detailed campus master plan documentation for the institution’s innovation campus.
Conference Presentations

Renovating a Library So It Exceeds Sustainability Policies

The Neilson Library renovation went above and beyond Smith College’s campus sustainability policy by implementing a sustainability charter, prioritizing health and wellness, and advocating for positive change.
Report

Research on Learning Space Design

This report is a collection that summarizes and evaluates how far the field of learning space design has come in identifying the elements that will allow us to thoughtfully design learning spaces and evaluate their impact.
Conference Presentations

Residential Life and Safety at the Intersection of Town and Gown

Colleges and universities must adapt to changing issues around student safety and determine how to address these concerns while maintaining connections with the local community.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Responsive Design

By incorporating student choice and voice into the planning and allowing autonomy in scale and adaptability, campuses can provide the environment where all students are most comfortable participating in any given activity.
Webinar Recordings

Responsive Design

We invite you to join a discussion on how schools can thrive by taking this inclusive approach to planning and development.
Conference Presentations

Rethinking Academic Workspaces

Learn from three university panelists how to accurately assess needs, identify opportunities for improvement, and implement post-pandemic solutions for hybrid work environments on your campus.
Conference Presentations

Revitalization

We will share how the renovation of The Ohio State University’s Biomedical and Materials Science Engineering Complex’s managed project objectives to achieve the best use of space, phased construction, budget, and sustainability goals.
Conference Presentations

Risk Management and Campus Resilience

With climate change bringing dramatic demographic, economic, and weather changes, universities and colleges must be prepared for risks to the campus's buildings, landscapes, and infrastructure that could disrupt operations. This session explores the intertwined concepts of risk management and resilience planning.
Conference Presentations

Roadmap to a Capital Renewal Program

We will share how Tufts University manages its capital renewal program using a ranking strategy that considers building condition, utilization, modernization needs, and academic priority.
Conference Presentations

Rubik’s Cube

Yale University's new Yale Science Building and its associated renovation projects illustrate how a new facility can integrate under-utilized space, meeting program needs and connecting existing science buildings.
Webinar Recordings

Safe, Smart Campuses for the Pandemic and Beyond

To examine how colleges are continuing to function during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chronicle gathered a group of design experts, architects, public-health officials, college leaders, and student affairs officers for this virtual forum. Panelists discussed the lessons learned and how they are applying them to help everyone on campus thrive in spite of the present challenges:
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Scaling Active Learning Classrooms

A large-scale study uncovered factors that led to successful scaling of active learning spaces and pedagogical approaches in colleges and universities.
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SCUP Fellow Presentation | Peripheral Vision

Gain an early view of a yearlong study into creating a set of metrics for campus planners and facility designers to assess physical space on campus in support of the strategic planning values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Partner Content

Secret Service

Campuses focus on safety as they welcome students back into residence halls—but it won't be the only thing they consider. In this new normal, the mission of community and collaboration hasn't changed, but the ways in which it is achieved may have to.
Conference Recordings

Setting Building Energy Standards

Individual cities, states, and utility incentive programs are going beyond carbon neutral standards to embrace energy consumption limits—this session will present these new strategies as models and options for campus building energy standards.
Conference Recordings

Setting the Stage for World-class Surgical Innovation and Training

Discover how you can coordinate with students, faculty, and industry leaders to plan flexible spaces in your institution's existing facilities that evolve alongside educational and industry trends.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Seven Lessons in Inclusive Campus Design

Institutions are starting to grapple with histories of developing indigenous lands and the legacy of an able-bodied vernacular within campus design that continues to reinforce in-groups and out-groups.
Conference Recordings

Shared Services Models

This session will explore current shared service models that have achieved winning results for the campuses they serve, including financial successes, space efficiency, and customer satisfaction.
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Shared Services Models

Come discover new ways to improve the experience of your campus community by driving both space and personnel efficiencies.
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Simulation and Partnerships

This session will explore trends and partnership development strategies around simulation-based training facilities for first responder students and professionals.
Report

Smart Building, Smart Campus

This is a SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2019–2020 program. This report explores the hypothesis that user-centered design would better address STEM student needs and could increase the likelihood of a broader adoption of remote labs.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Social Equity and the Modern Campus

Campus framework plans for Oregon State University and Bellevue College fully integrate social equity with engagement processes and physical solutions to improve the sense of welcome and inclusion.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Solving Campus Parking Shortages: New Solutions for an Old Problem

Recent major enrollment and construction trends on campus mean that, once again, the demand for parking is increasing at the same time as supply is being eroded. Universities and colleges, however, are able to achieve more integrated parking and transportation policies than are other large institutions.
Conference Presentations

Solving the Collaboration Equation for an Interprofessional Health Education Facility

Learn how to deliver on a singular vision with a large-scale, complex, joint-venture project by using immersive collaborative practices and continuous improvement processes, based on a project between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Space Jam

Much of the conversation around the return to campus this fall has focused on academic courses. But other events and meetings will also need to be accommodated.
Conference Presentations

Speed, Efficiency, and Consensus Through the Collaborative Process

Come learn from our unique approach in which actual users participate in designing an outpatient center on the Nebraska Medical Campus, allowing implementation of new processes and efficiencies known only to medical center staff.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Stakeholder Engagement Paves the Journey from Learning to Employment

Planners for West Coast University connected with stakeholders to solicit input and gain consensus on decisions. The result is a technology-rich building and academic program that helps nursing students achieve their objectives
Webinar Recordings

Strategic Planning Responses to the Pandemic

In this webinar, Jean Robinson from University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Dave Proulx from Rhode Island School of Design share how their campuses have been planning for this fall, and reflect on the impacts today’s urgent decision making could bring to the future campus.

This is part of the series “Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus.”

Conference Presentations

Student Engagement Leads to Thriving Residence Hall

This session will examine the successful process behind planning Trippe Hall, a residence hall at Penn State Behrend.
Conference Presentations

Student Success

We'll focus on tools and solutions that your institution can incorporate into its facilities planning process to ensure your learning spaces contribute to student success.
Conference Recordings

Student Success

In this session, we'll share how institutions have made changes in their metrics, planning and design strategies, and campus facilities that contribute to recruitment, academic growth, and graduation rates.
Conference Presentations

Student-Guided Facilities Planning at UVA

We will show how the planning and design process at the University of Virginia's (UVA) Student Activities Building made students a co-equal partner, used social science tools to identify what students valued, and amplified students' ability to guide design.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Super-Sizing Active Learning

Campuses are familiar with small spaces outfitted with active learning design, but what could be added to a large space—such as a lecture hall for freshman pre-requisite courses—to keep students engaged in the instruction?
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Supporting Neurodiversity in Higher Education

By integrating several unique campus voices, we can realize that unassignable space is highly valuable to the neurodivergent campus occupant.
Conference Recordings

Supporting the Whole Student

In this session, we’ll share how the College of Marin and Chabot College's integrated learning centers are serving changing student populations using an inclusive library design approach.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Tell Us What You Think

More than 1,600 students and alumnae provided input through online mapping tools and in-person workshops. Staff and faculty were interviewed in person and via phone. And Instagram was used to reach 6,400 members of the campus community.
Conference Recordings

The Changing Academic Workspace

In this session, we'll share how to develop a workspace roadmap that uses the lenses of people, space, culture, policy, and technology.
Report

The Connected Campus

Campus environments play a vital role in student success. By making changes to their combination of spaces, institutions can respond to the shifts transforming higher education. Elliot Felix shares how colleges and universities can prepare for a more blended world by bringing together the digital and physical, enabling greater diversity and inclusion, and implementing flexible structures, staffing, space, and services. Sponsored Content: Knoll and brightspot strategy.
Conference Presentations

The Design and Planning Relevance Revolution

Across field after field, research demonstrates the impact of the built environment on climate change and the essential role retooling the built environment must play in addressing it. This keynote will articulate the compelling 21st century challenges and opportunities for the design and planning fields in higher education.
Conference Recordings

The European Experience

After a full year of shutdowns, virtual learning, and constant adaption, we will discuss how University College London and the University of Dublin responded to government mandates and how the crisis has shaped living and working arrangements.
Conference Presentations

The Evolving Academic Workplace

Learn current methodologies for effective, function-based workplace planning that eliminate redundancies, break down silos, allow dynamic modes of working, and increase collaboration.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Michigan Technological University used active stakeholder engagement, frequent reviews, and vigorous discussion to develop its aspirational master plan.
Conference Recordings

The Future Campus

A panel of three institutions and a learning technologist will offer their diverse perspectives on these issues and how they're influencing the physical and virtual campus environment: an unprecedented pandemic; rapidly-accelerating climate change; a mobile technology-enabled society; and critical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Conference Presentations

The Geometry of Learning

Planning for Higher Education Journal

The High Cost of Building a Better University

Higher education facilities seem to come at premium cost, even taking into account that educational facilities tend to cost more. The authors argue that this is due to appropriate and strategic high aspirations.
Webinar Recordings

The Impact of COVID-19 on Construction on Campus

This webinar will focus on how higher education campus construction is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its positive and negative implications on construction sites on the MIT and Northeastern University campuses. Panelists will share case studies of how on-campus construction has changed, the new supply chains, and staff management consideration.

This is part of the series “Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus.”

Conference Presentations

The Innovation Campus

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.
Conference Recordings

The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center

The latest installment of a developing arts district at Auburn University, The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center is an 85,000 gross square feet facility consisting of a multi-purpose performance hall, a flexible second venue and outdoor amphitheater, and public front-of-house and technical back-of-house support spaces. This virtual live tour will feature a mixture of produced video and live feed to offer an overview of the planning and architectural considerations involved in the design of a community-facing building.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Library as Learning Commons

Even in the digital age, the library plays a fundamental role in campus life and learning, particularly when it’s updated to meet the needs of 21st-century students and pedagogies.
Conference Presentations

The Living Community Challenge, Master Planning, and a Bayfront Research Campus

We will demonstrate how we used an LCC-focused master planning process for a bayfront site to integrate facilities conditions, programming, site analyses, impacts of climate change and sea level rise, and net-positive energy and water.
Conference Recordings

The Next Chapter in the Paradigm Shift for Hands-on Learning

A higher education design expert, an educator, and a panel of students across hands-on disciplines will share their perspectives on how education spaces might evolve as hybrid learning becomes the new normal.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Ninth Quadrangle

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The Non-Architect’s Guide To Major Capital Projects

This book provides the non-architect with a broad framework of understanding in the steps, phases, and sequence of planning, designing, and delivering a capital project.
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The Planning and Design of Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Campus Environments

This is a SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2020–2021 program. Space is not neutral; we perceive physical environments differently based on our backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. This new, research-based playbook can guide universities and design teams through key strategies and possible metrics relative to DEI to use when planning, designing, and assessing physical campus space.
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The Planning Continuum

We’ll discuss how Purdue University’s culture of continuous planning leverages data, facility information, and design to engage new stakeholders, implement a campus-wide vision, and fast-track decision making.
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The Power of Wayfinding: Differentiating Your Brand Within a University System

Place matters in a higher education landscape that is becoming increasingly more competitive.
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The Role of Community Colleges in Future-proofing Education

In this session, we’ll share how community colleges can use metrics to understand long-term projections around regional enrollment needs and use human purpose integrated design to build for the future.
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The Spectrum of Space and Capital Planning in Florida and Georgia

The Florida State and Georgia University Systems employ varied approaches to their space standards, planning, and capital programs. We’ll compare these approaches and discuss best practices for determining the effectiveness of space use and the planning process.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Stories in These Walls

Cross-functional teams at the University of Wyoming, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of North Dakota effectively used storytelling techniques to position donors within the narrative of the universities’ missions and strategic plans.
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The Traveling Mother

An analysis of lactation spaces in US airports, led by one of the authors of the SCUP–Penn Nursing joint study of lactation policy and facilities in higher education. Originally published by Building and Environment journal.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Value of Comprehensive Capital Planning

An innovative approach to the capital planning process will determine the future physical character of an institution and the capability of facilities to support its programs.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Too Much and Not Enough

When resources are constrained and enrollment is tightening, it takes thoughtful and strategic involvement of all stakeholders to develop and execute a comprehensive facilities plan.
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Tour | Wentworth Institute: Center for Engineering, Innovation & Sciences

Join us for a virtual tour of Wentworth Institute’s newest academic building, the Center for Engineering, Innovation & Sciences (CEIS)—its ground-breaking design was serves academic and social needs on campus as well as the wider, local community.
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Tour: The University of South Florida’s (USF) Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS)

The University of South Florida’s (USF) Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS) is a world-class facility dedicated to simulation-based healthcare education, training, and developing innovative solutions that improve patient outcomes and reduce preventable medical errors.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Toward the Healthy Campus

The college campus is an essential environment in which to intervene to promote short- and long-term health outcomes.
Conference Presentations

Transform Educational Facilities for Innovative Learning and Environmental Stewardship

We'll share recent examples of existing buildings that were transformed for new use and discuss the connection between carbon and building reuse.
Webinar Recordings

Transforming CSU Monterey Bay With the Living Community Challenge

California State University-Monterey Bay (CSU-MB) is the first university campus to register for the Living Community Challenge, becoming a model for how university campus design and planning can have a profound impact beyond the campus. We will discuss how our 2018 Architecture at Zero award-winning wellness and recreation design solution is transforming CSU-MB into a healthy, sustainable, net-positive environment.
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Transforming Vacated Office Space Into Modern Learning Environments

We will discuss how Sacred Heart University acquired the GE world headquarters facility, transforming it to create a modern, nationally branded campus.
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Understand the Other Side

Planning for Higher Education Journal

Universal Design in the Age of COVID-19

Demographics on campuses have changed, expectations for accessibility have increased, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to provide inclusive experiences for all learners. Thirty years after the ADA was signed into law, much has been achieved; however, there is more to be accomplished at colleges and universities if we are to provide inclusive experiences for all learners. A renewed approach to campus planning and design, informed by the principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning, and with a commitment to delivering hybridized online and in-person models of educational delivery, is needed now.
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Universities on Fire

This session explores the impact of climate change on higher education and how academia may respond.
Webinar Recordings

Unleashing the Power of Difference

We live in a neurodiverse world. Spaces that support sensory needs can allow a wider range of students to flourish, creating a more equitable—and more flexible—environment. Leaders from Thomas Jefferson University and Verona Carpenter Architects will share examples across typologies of innovative solutions, unleashing the generative power of difference.
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Use Evidence to Plan Facilities That Drive Student Success

In this article, the author draws upon research from his book How to Get the Most Out of College to highlight the evidence that campus planners and designers can use to help drive student success.
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Using Metrics to Maximize the UW-Platteville Engineering Facility

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.
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Using SCUPs Campus Facilities Inventory (CFI) to Inform Your Integrated Planning

In this session, we will explore some of the findings from the 2021 CFI benchmarking and hear from a panel of institutions about changes they are making and using CFI data to inform their planning efforts.
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Using Technology to Facilitate a Safe Return to Campus

In order to facilitate a return to campus post-COVID, Penn State leveraged technology and cross-functional teams to successfully plan and implement safe social distancing measures across various rooms types using a decentralized management model.
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Using Visualizations and Data to Inform Space Planning

This session describes how we used data visualization to spark critical conversations as we evolved 1960s-era space guidelines into modern approaches.
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Virtual and Physical

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Vision to Reality

Come learn how you can translate institutional values of access and equity into resilient physical planning strategies that will help your institution support underserved students in a time of crisis.
Webinar Recordings

Voices from the Field: Episode #9

University of Alaska Anchorage Interim Provost John Stalvey explains their “alternate delivery” model, how flexibility and creativity allow them to meet student learning outcome goals during COVID-19, and how they’re supporting the local economy and moving ahead with current capital projects.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Welcome to Campus

Creating and sustaining a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment positions both institutions and students to succeed in a more diverse world.
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Well-Being in Higher Education

Discover how to help students develop holistic and long-term healthy lifestyles by creating a culture of well-being in a collegiate environment informed by a myriad of social, economic, academic, and personal pressures. This session will cover how design can affect students physically and psychologically and how health centers can engage the campus community and encourage positive behaviors. This session was part of the “Well-being in Higher Education: Raising Literacy and Advancing the Conversation”—a series of free, virtual events with the goal to raise the literacy for well-being among higher education professionals and to advance conversation among colleagues on and across campuses.
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What If the Building We Work in Could Make Us Healthier?

During the recent 2023 Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2023 Annual Conference in Cleveland, Niraj Dangoria, Stanford University’s associate dean of facilities planning, and management, and Paul Woolford and Julia Cooper of HOK, reported how they used integrated planning to construct the Center for Academic Medicine for the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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What We’ve Learned and What’s Next

We'll highlight approaches and lessons learned from two New York City institutions during the pandemic, including creatively retrofitting their campus facilities amidst a crisis period of declining revenue and enrollments.
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Who Guarantees That Your Campus is Safe for Return?

In this webinar, Harvard’s Joseph Allen and John Macomber discussed their new book, Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, and in particular, what are best practices today as organizations think about prudent return.

This is part of the series “Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus.”

Planning for Higher Education Journal

You Belong Here

Many marginalized student populations don’t see themselves as higher education material. Creating places on campus that reaffirm to them that they belong is vital.
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Your Campus Historic Buildings

This article will help your team create a checklist to determine decision-making priorities for maintaining your historic buildings.
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Zero-energy Buildings on a Shoe-string Budget

Come learn how you can reduce operating costs and bring a zero-energy building to your campus, resulting in a lower carbon footprint and greater health and wellbeing for students.