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.
Loop U consortium shares resources with peer colleges in Chicago.
The sharing economy is gaining momentum as innovative start-ups allow individuals to be both service provider and consumer at the touch of a smartphone app.
Have a car but need some cash? Uber lets you work as taxi driver for a day. Need a ride but can't afford a taxi? Uber connects you with a driver--a twist on the age-old carpool. From renting a private townhouse for a weekend getaway to sharing office spaces and equipment with other freelancers, the sharing economy allows individuals and businesses to lower overhead, control expenses, and increase revenue.
Kaveh Amirdelfan is a principal specializing in higher education architecture with HGA. His work includes campus master planning to student life, instructional/classroom and science buildings. Always current on changes impacting higher education, he is a resource to campus leadership who must balance budgets, student needs and stakeholder voices when planning new facilities. Here, he talks about why higher education work inspires him and why, quite frankly, he loves meeting with clients.
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.
WHAT ARE STUDENTS LOOKING FOR IN LEARNING SPACES TODAY?
Students are looking for opportunities to connect with each other and faculty on different levels, from in-person to social media. They are drawn to flexible spaces that support formal and informal activities. Learning is an active process, and many academic spaces today are blurring the lines between instructional time, lab time and personal time so that students can work collaboratively outside the classroom. Experiential learning supports workplace readiness, and encourages students to extend classroom learning to the broader campus, surrounding neighborhoods, regional community, and ultimately the workplace.