Incorporate technologies

Modern academic facilities for learning science and mathematics have become very different places when compared to spaces designed and built in past generation. Emerging technologies, concerns about safety, accessibility and environmental issues must now be considered. Building that will serve well into the future must also accommodate new practices in new disciplinary fields, as well as new approaches to teaching and research- and all of this must be accomplished in ways that are efficient in terms of the initial cost and that are flexible enough to permit changes in program and use in the years ahead. Given that buildings are intended to have at least a 30-year life span, thinking about the impact of technologies for the future of learning on your campus is a critical step in planning science facilities.