Amin Mojtahedi, PhD, Associate AIA, is a Research Specialist at HGA and PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 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.
The renovated Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center has created a campus focus for the arts at Macalester College in St. Paul.
Performing and visual arts programs have long jostled for new or improved spaces on college campuses. They often find themselves competing with capital campaigns promoting state-of-the-art student centers, STEM classrooms and labs, athletic facilities, and amenity-rich student housing that promises to give one campus the competitive edge over another. Thus, college arts programs are frequently housed in aged and makeshift buildings.
Campus safety and security today is a multi-faceted concern. Behind obvious crime are silent precursors to a range of unsafe behaviors. There is not much happiness; yet happiness is a central criterion of positive mental health, crucial to student safety on campus.
Happiness is essential to positive mental health—and crucial to student safety and wellbeing on campus. As such, achieving happiness should be integral to the master planning process to improve the campus experience for students, faculty, and visitors.
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.
HGA Design Principal Marc L’Italien, FAIA, is a nationally recognized architect with 30 years’ experience providing strategic planning and design expertise for leading arts, community and higher education clients. Here, he talks about how great design enhances the college campus experience.