While talking with deans, faculty and facilities planners of fine and performing-arts programs over the years, I have been struck by their concern for the student experience. All express a personal commitment in their students’ education and development—but they also voice concern about financial challenges impacting campus arts facilities.
Peter Erni, LEED AP, is a Principal in HGA’s Los Angeles office, where he leads strategic growth of arts, cultural and community work for higher education, civic and arts clients. Here, he highlights how arts and community projects can have a positive impact on college campuses.
The University of Kentucky is the flagship university for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, receiving $331.3 million in grant and contract awards for the 2017 fiscal year. The university’s research goals are to solve local problems by developing solutions with a global impact. As one of only eight public institutions in the U.S. with colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine and Pharmacy on a single campus, the University of Kentucky has a lot of potential for innovation and discovery embedded into its culture.
Academic laboratory buildings are designed to meet industry standards for safety, often focusing on indoor air quality, ventilation, life-safety systems, lighting, and controlled entrances/exits. The structural integrity of academic lab buildings is additionally important, and structural engineers will design the building’s structural components with the strength and stiffness required to resist building code live load, snow, wind, and seismic forces.
Amin Mojtahedi, PhD, Associate AIA, is a Research Specialist at HGA and PhD in Architecture. His research focuses on the architecture of social learning and people-space analytics. Here, he talks about how research can create supportive spaces that boost individual and organizational growth.
Across the country, our current healthy economy is creating opportunities for colleges and universities to take a new direction in developing student housing—turning to developers to finance, design and construct much-needed housing instead of financing it themselves. The reasons are numerous—from decreasing state financial support, to the lack of developable property on dense urban campuses, to limited in-house resources in market-driven development, to managing risk of future enrollment changes.
Colleges and university systems traditionally have maintained sophisticated facility departments that manage campus infrastructure, renovations, and new construction. They have extensive experience working with contractors, architects and engineers under different delivery methods. For many campuses facing tight capital budgets and shrinking state funding, design-build is becoming an optional delivery method to manage budget, program, schedule, and quality construction. Yet design-build can also offer added value with an experienced team that researches design innovation.
Arts Principal Roxanne Nelson recently presented Resiliency Planning: Preparing to Preserve and Protect at the American Alliance of Museums 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo with HGA colleague Ariane Laxo, LEED AP ID+C. In the following, Nelson highlights three big takeaways from the conference.
We are pleased to have several HGA thought leaders on the road presenting at these national and regional conferences through the month of May 2017:
Pictured: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's combined Student Health Center and College of Nursing.
Nearly 20 percent of new jobs in the United States are in healthcare and allied health professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As such, colleges and universities are stepping up their focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and allied health sciences programs to meet growing market needs for trained healthcare professionals.