From the Handbook Foreword

..If the spaces and structures that result from your planning are to provide a safe, engaging, efficient, and cost-effective environment for students and faculty for many years, they must be planned by and for the community that is to use them. Those who understand the nature of observation, investigation, problem-solving, and communication that is at the heart of the scientific way of knowing must have leadership roles in this process. At appropriate and timely stages this planning must also involve those with responsibilities that affect or can be affected by the new spaces: budget officers, campus planners, architects, fund-raisers, faculty colleagues, trustees, deans, and presidents.

In this handbook we present many of the questions that need to be addressed as your planning proceeds; some possible answers to these questions are suggested in the stories from those with recent experience with facilities projects. In the architectural case studies presented throughout you will find further ideas about how individual institutions have answered questions about purpose and design in ways fitting for their community. These answers and ideas are intended to be illustrative, not prescriptive, reflecting the PKAL perspective that each institution must arrive at answers that make sense for its community--for its students, budget, and mission.