Building Spaces for Science that Make a Difference
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

September 12 - 14, 2003

Oscar J. Boldt Construction
Ellenzweig Associates
American Council of Academic Deans (ACAD)

Application process closed.

Friday, September 12, 2003
Pre-event activities
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Briefing for Assembly Leaders
11:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration
12:30 - 2:30 pm Lunch for Senior Academic Administrators
Co-hosted by
James W. Perry, Campus Executive Officer & Dean, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Richard Warch, President, Lawrence University

3:00 - 5:00 pm Plenary I:
3:00 pm

Welcome, Introductions & Logistics

Greetings from Lawrence University
Richard Warch, President, Lawrence University

Greetings from the University of Wisconsin Colleges
William F. Messner, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin Colleges
Steven C. Wildeck, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, University of Wisconsin Colleges
James W. Perry, Campus Executive Officer & Dean, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley

3:15 pm

What Difference Do New and Improved Spaces Make & To Whom?
Jeanne L. Narum, Director, Project Kaleidoscope (Presenter)
An annotated tour through a series of recently-completed spaces that are making a difference to:

  1. the learning of students by accommodating new pedagogies and technologies, as well as advances in science;
  2. the productivity of faculty by supporting their scholarly activity in classroom, teaching and research labs;
  3. the campus community by spotlighting the centrality of science (STEM) in the 21st century undergraduate learning environment.

3:45 pm

Perspectives on the Process: Who Needs to be at the Table & When
Kimberly Kostka, University of Wisconsin-Rock County (Moderator)
Project Shepherd: Thomas C. Greene, St. Lawrence University
Development Officer: Patricia Martin, Carleton College
Architect: William Odell, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
Arriving at new spaces for science that work for the community requires the commitment, expertise and passion of a large number of people, who bring concerns and dreams from their particular sphere of responsibility to the planning process. This introductory panel will lay out some of the responsibilities of players from different sectors of the planning group, as prelude to further discussions throughout the weekend.

4:20 pm

Perspectives on the Future: The Infrastructure that Can Support 21st Century Science, Pedagogies and Technologies
Susan E. Lewis, Carroll College (Moderator)
Elizabeth S. Ericson, Shepley Bullfinch Richardson and Abbott
Gary A. Gabriele, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jose Quintans, University of Chicago
Thinking beyond today is a critical responsibility for institutions now considering spaces for science that will serve their community for the next thirty years. A challenge is to continually press the edges and to anticipate the adaptability and flexibility of spaces that accommodate new generations of students, advances in science and technology; another challenge is to think about the future impact of spaces on institutional budgets, cultures, and community. This introductory panel again suggests some of the questions that need to be addressed, and that will be explored throughout the weekend.

5:15 - 6:00 pm Reception Hosted by Ellenzweig Associates

6:00 - 7:15 pm Dinner


7:15 pm 1/2 of Group Travels to the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Campus
Institutional teams will stay together

7:30 - 9:00 pm Plenary II:
Spotlighting the Host Institutions

Stories from campuses that have proceeded successfully through the process of planning spaces that support their goals for student learning is a key component of PKAL facilities planning weekends. On Friday evening and Saturday morning, participants will hear from the faculty, administrators and design professionals responsible for arriving at the spaces for science at Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. There will also be opportunity to tour the spaces and speak with the faculty who use the classrooms and labs.

9:00 pm Shuttles Depart from Each Campus for Hotel

Saturday, September 13, 2003

7:15 am Shuttles Depart from Hotel to Campuses
Institutional teams stay together. Groups switch locations from Friday evening.

7:45 - 8:30 am

Breakfast in Birds of a Feather Groups (Sign-up at Registration)
Same topics at both campuses.
On both Saturday and Sunday morning, there will be opportunity- in small, birds-of-a-feather sessions- for informal conversation with colleagues with similar responsibilities and/or questions, facilitated by assembly leaders. Participants are asked to sign-up for these breakfast sessions at registration.

  • developing a comprehensive fund-raising strategy
  • selecting an architect
  • working with the architect
  • considering the roles and responsibilities of physical plant and budget officers
  • considering the roles and responsibilities of senior academic officers
  • giving junior faculty responsible roles in shaping facilities for the future
  • thinking through issues relating to sustainability
  • engaging the entire campus community in planning spaces for science
  • considering the challenge of serving large enrollment introductory courses
  • dealing with challenges facing engineering faculty designing spaces
  • ensuring spaces that are adaptable and flexible
  • thinking through the requirements of a technology-intensive learning environment
  • thinking through the requirements of a research-rich learning environment
  • conducting the early planning process

8:45 - 10:15 am

Plenary III:
Spotlighting the Host Site Institutions

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Story

The Lawrence University Story

10:15 - 10:30 am Break

10:30 - 11:45 am

Concurrent Sessions (Three Breakout Sessions per group)
Assembly planners have identified two general categories of issues that need to be addressed by communities shaping new spaces for science:
A: how to think through what happens inside the spaces
B: how to think through the requirements of an effective and efficient physical infrastructure.

Task forces of workshop leaders are designing a series of break-out sessions in which each category of issues is explored (A = morning at Lawrence University and afternoon at Fox Valley; B = morning at University of Wisconsin Fox Valley and afternoon at Lawrence University).

Concurrent Sessions A:
Thinking about the spaces from the perspective of what happens inside the spaces: large lecture spaces; research-rich spaces; hi-tech spaces; community spaces

(AM at Lawrence University & PM at the University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley)

Break-out sessions:

  • Designing spaces that accommodate large enrollment introductory courses
    Michael R. Somin, Earl Walls Associates
    Nancy A. Wall, Lawrence University

  • Designing spaces that serve the research-rich learning environment, for students and for faculty
    P. Michele Arduengo, Promega Corporation
    Michael C. Lauber, Ellenzweig Associates
    Jose Quintans, University of Chicago

  • Designing spaces that accommodate the technologies that are transforming the learning environment
    Gary A. Gabriele, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Richard M. Heinz, Research Facilities Design

  • Designing spaces that nurture and support community
    Thomas C. Greene, St. Lawrence University
    Kimberly Kostka, University of Wisconsin-Rock County
    Gary C. McNay, Perkins & Will, Atlanta

Concurrent Sessions B:
Thinking about the spaces from the perspective of the infrastructure (physical and intellectual): accommodating sophisticated equipment/technologies; dealing with post-occupancy issues
(AM at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley & PM at Lawrence University)

Break-out sessions:

  • Building systems that reflect sustainability concerns
    Susan E. Lewis, Carroll College
    William Odell, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum

  • Dealing with post-occupancy issues
    Sandra T. Bowden, Agnes Scott College
    Elizabeth S. Ericson, Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott

  • Considering the challenge of accommodating technologies
    Scott Morton, Oscar J. Boldt Construction
    James W. Perry, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley

  • Tackling the question of renovation or new spaces.
    Richard Green, The Stubbins Associates
    Patricia Martin, Carleton College

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch in Cluster Groups

1:15 - 2:30 pm Concurrent Issues Sessions II

2:45 - 4:00 pm

Plenary IV:
Laboratories for 21st Century Students, Science & Technology
Lawrence University

Michael R. Somin, Earl Walls Associates

University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Richard M. Heinz, Research Facilities Design


4:00 pm Bus to the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Clusters Meet

4:30 - 6:00 pm Clusters Meet

6:00 - 7:00 pm Reception hosted by Oscar J. Boldt Construction

7:00 pm Dinner at University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley's Union. Evening entertainment will follow at the Barlow Planetarium & Weis Earth Science Museum.

9:15 pm Shuttles Depart for Hotel.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

7:15 am Shuttles Depart from Hotel for University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley

7:45 - 8:45 am Breakfast in Topical Discussion Groups (Sign-up at Registration)
Topics will be finalized based on attendee interests/needs.

9:00 - 9:45 am Plenary V: Panel of Facilitators
Thinking about Renovations

Decisions about the scope of the project­ renovations, renovations and additions, new construction­ move on to the table as faculty are beginning to shape the initial program; administrators are beginning to consider costs, available funding, and other institutional priorities; and design professionals begin to connect current reality to future dreams and needs. The drivers for new facilities (the emergence of interdisciplinary sciences, the emphasis on inquiry-based learning in a research-rich environment, the realization that all students should have a rigorous engagement with STEM courses as undergraduates, the pervasiveness of technologies) shape the assessment of whether renovations (major/moderate/minor) or new construction is the answer to institutional needs.

9:45 - 10:15 am Plenary VI: Panel of Facilitators
Revisiting the Process: The Stages of Planning, Benchmarking, How Long Does it Take and Why?

The process of planning should be driven by a vision of goals for student learning that is embraced by the entire community; thus one objective of the planning process is to arrive at such a consensus, one that is congruent with the institutional mission and academic plan. This consensus serves as the foundation for the program from which the architects prepare the sequential design documents, which result in final plans from which decisions about construction are made. At various points in the process, the community revisits assumptions about space utilization, building quality and project costs, realizing the need to protect the program.

10:15 - 10:45 am Plenary VII:
Characteristics of Spaces that Work

Using the list that emerged from the Cranbrook Roundtable, participants and facilitators will discuss the characteristics of spaces that work. The output will be a poster that will be displayed along with the individual team agendas for action at the 11:15 am session. To review this list, go to:

10:45 - 11:15 am Time to Complete Agendas for Action
Institutional teams begin to prepare their Agendas for Action.

Visit examples of best ideas from the PKAL Facilities Planning Workshop at Drury University.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Poster Session and Box Lunch
Time to "go public" with the plans that have emerged during the weekend. Participants will circulate through the posted agendas for action, offering advice and comments to their colleagues.

12:15 - 12:30 pm Final Remarks: The National Context - Challenges and Opportunities for Colleges & Universities Seeking to Strenghten Student Learning in STEM Fields

12:30 pm Departure