2007 PKAL Fall Facilities Workshop

Burning Questions from Participating Teams

  1. How do we seamlessly integrate technology into the functionality and learning environment in the building and what are some ways to create an inspirational and inviting atmosphere within the buildings spaces?
  2. What planning strategies can be considered that will best take advantage of the unique teaching and learning opportunities a state-of-the-art LEED certified science building provides while ensuring that: the facility does not rapidly become obsolete; and that the facility serves as a living laboratory for learning with the flexibility to incorporate new pedagogies and major equipment (as needed), while ensuring that safety and cost issues are addressed.
  3. How can an institution undertake a complete renovation of all of its science spaces at the same time as it continues to provide quality experiences and opportunities for students and faculty?
    This central question has many sub-components. Some of them are:
    • What strategies have been developed for situations like this?
    • What are typical timelines for renovation projects?
    • Are there effective ways to break a project of this kind into phases?
    • What are the key considerations in developed the various stages of such a project?
  4. How can we best anticipate the changes in our disciplines we will experience during the 30-year life expectancy of our new facility?
  5. How do we design a building that reflects the latest in pedagogical and research practices and is flexible enough to be responsive to future developments in Science and Mathematics education and research?
  6. How can we design a new space that will help our students better see the connections between all levels of the natural sciences: field biology, lab biology and chemistry?
  7. How do we combine the needs of our teaching and learning community in to an effective agenda for planning a Science building that can serve our students for many years to come?
  8. What are the first steps? Where do we begin this adventure?
  9. What are the major design criteria that architects and engineers must be cognizant of in planning and designing PKAL spaces?
  10. How do we create a teaching/learning/office/communal space that supports both strong discipline-specific learning/research and interdisciplinary learning/research without blowing our budget and without significant cost to either?
  11. We are looking for ways to make the instructional space in the new building, both laboratories and classrooms, flexible and able to support a variety of different pedagogies.
  12. How can we improve program effectiveness in an era of convergence of science disciplines and how can a new science facility foster/facilitate that improvement?
  13. How will sustainable building systems promote affordable, flexible science buildings?
  14. What elements should we incorporate into a science plan for the College that takes advantage of its current strengths and that allows for a unique integration of the sciences with the arts, humanities, and social sciences? Further, how can the design of facilities help to achieve this plan?