Handbook on Facilities

Part 1: Foundations for Planning

There are several paramount concerns as you begin, including the background and aspirations of your students, and the interests and strengths of your faculty, as individuals and as members of your campus community and their broader scholarly community. You must also give attention to how and why students come to understand what scientists (engineers/mathematicians/technologists) do, to your vision of an environment for learning and teaching in which students come to understand how scientists comprehend our world.

Be especially attentive to the rich possibilities inherent in the planning process for creating and sustaining community on your campus, community within and beyond the disciplines to be housed in the new spaces. Your goal should be a structure with soul, one which expresses the institution's values, one which announces your commitment to fostering a vital natural science community that serves all students.

This will happen if leaders ask some basic questions about the future to be served by these new spaces, a future in which societal pressures and scientific and technological advances open up new opportunities and present new challenges for American colleges and universities.