PKAL Facilities Presentations

A collection of presentations delivered at PKAL facilities planning workshops

Recognizing issues of institution-wide concern

Considering Sustainability Issues
Jon Schleuning- SRG Partnership
With building costs contending with institutional budgets, the ability to conserve money while not jeopardizing project goals is important. In this presentation, issues of sustainability of institutional buildings are examined. By understanding the issues and challenges of rising costs, energy usage and sustainability, inefficiency can be mitigated. Not only is this an important topic due to environmental issues, but in many cases, saving the environment can also help the institution save money.

Cost Planning
Richard Gleason- CPMI
The cost management cycle includes planning and preliminary budgeting, pre-design and programming, design and construction, and post construction activities. This presentation advocates balancing all interests including, budget advocates, program advocates, and design advocates. Key issues in the cost cycle that need to be addressed are: the need for reliable data, the need for standardized estimates, calculating hard and soft costs, and monitoring and controlling budgets. Successful facility construction involves establishing clear responsibilities among the owner, users, and designers and using quality control of contract documents throughout construction.

Ideas for Renovating for the Future
The Freelon Group Architects
Once institutions have determined that current facilities are no longer able to sustain successful STEM programs, one of the very first decisions they face is whether to renovate, add, or build anew. This presentation examines how to define new uses for existing structures, covering goals, needs, phasing, and budgeting.

If, How, and When to Renovate
Michael Lauber- Ellenzweig Associates
Making the determination to renovate an existing structure is a complex process, involving questions of the pedagogical, technological, and institional goals for the facilities that house STEM programs; specific needs of each department; the condition of the building; and budget. This presentation takes an in-depth look at such questions and what the answers might mean.

Introducing the Issues of Making Renovations to Classrooms and Laboratories
Richard M. Heinz- Research Facilities Design (RFD)
What issues should be examined before, during and after the renovation of laboratory spaces? This presentation examines trends in science facilities, common problems often found in current facilities, and the resulting challenges in renovation projects. Two case studies are presented that document how institutions have worked through such questions and challenges.

Programming: Working through the Programming Process
Carole Wedge- Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott
What are the most important parts of the building programming process, and what are the issues all institutions renovating or building will encounter? For such a monumental undertaking, a clear outline of the steps taken leading up to and during the process is helpful, if not necessary. Here is presented a discussion of issues that should be considered by any institution as soon as changes to the infrastructure of campus are an inchoate idea being discussed.

Renovating Spaces for Undergraduate Science and Mathematics
Richard Green- The Stubbins Associates, Inc.
In addition to the many challenges inherent in renovating existing facilities, institutions are also presented with opportunities to enhance the look and character of the existing facilities, incorporate sustainable design characteristics, and create spaces that foster an institution-wide learning community.

Undergraduate Science Facilities in the National Interest: Some Reasons for Urgency
Jeanne L. Narum- Project Kaleidoscope
As Sputnick-era buildings age into obsolescence, it is urgent that the new and renovated facilities that replace them are designed to for 21st century science and learning. New facilities must include spaces that integrate research and education, that are flexible to incorporate future technologies and pedagogies, and that foster learning communities.

Facilities that foster the development of technology-rich learning environments

Considering the Challenges of Accommodating Technologies
Jim Perry & Tom Frantz- University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley
Scott Morton- Boldt Construction
Incorporating learning technologies into classrooms is a multi-faceted challenge. Issues addressed range from how the technology will impact instructional methods, what is an appropriate level of technology in a learning environment, how institutions can ensure adaptability and flexibility as new technologies are developed, and what costs will be incurred over the life of the facility.

Designing Spaces that Accommodate the Technologies that Are Transforming the Learning Environment
Gary A. Gabriele- Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute
Studio Teaching, as it has evolved over several years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was initially envisioned as a means of making traditional, large, lecture-based introductory science courses more student centered. Studio Teaching incorporates technology to facilitate the integration of fundamental concepts and professional practice skills, learning by discovery, and the combination of analytical, simulation, and experimental approaches to science. Such an approach requires spaces that accommodate different learning and teaching styles, as well as new technologies.

Imagining and Planning for Emerging Technologies
Phil Crompton- Vantage Technology Consulting Group
“No longer can we separate technology from buildings...” The rapid advancement of technology and the implications this upward spiral has on student learning is a challenge undergraduate education. Technology is closely tied to institutions of higher education and in order to best serve students, trends must be monitored, predicting the influence on education. How can institutions plan to arrive at the best possible scenario for the incorporation of current and future techologies?

Inside the Walls: An Internal Design/Building Process
Robert Cavenagh- Dickinson College
What is the progression, growth, vision and lessons learned involved in the successful redesign of classrooms to accommodate instructional technology? At Dickinson College, the focus was on group learning stations and the way in which space could be used to allow for productive interaction between students. Standardization across electronic classrooms helped to provide simple operation and keep costs low.

Laboratories for 21st Century Students, Science & Technology
Richard Heinz- Research Facilities Design
Trends in laboratory design have changed as student learning styles and different pedagogical approaches adapted to those styles have become more common. In designing renovated or new facilities to support such learning environments, institutions must consider many issues, including designing flexibility into the design to allow for new technologies as they come online, and more mundane, yet often overlooked issues as narrow aisles and blocked lines of sight.

Renovations that Can Accommodate Emerging Technologies
The Freelon Group
As institutions prepare for renovations that will feature emergining technologies, they must consider need, budget, compatibility of existing structure, technology improvements, and the desired classroom type(s).

The Impact of Technology on Learning Environments
Anshen + Allen, LA
Shepley Bulfinch Richards & Abbott
There is a critical link between what is taught, how it is taught, where it is taught, and the use of new technologies. The impact of web-assisted technology on learning environments must be considered in the context of the goals set for student learning.

Facilities that support research-rich learning environments

Creating Spaces that Support Active Hands-on Investigation
James Baird- Holabird & Root
Through the proper use of appropriate technology, group learning across disciplines can be attained. Looking at common spaces, classrooms and laboratories illustrates how the room will vary according to the purpose. The space should serve the user and allow for future flexibility.

Laboratory Renovation
Louis Hartman- HarleyEllis
The process of planning new or renovated laboratory space must address ten major concerns, including addressing near- and long-term goals for student learning, the placement of laboratory renovation in the campus master renovation/construction plan, and the special requirements of hands-on undergraduate student labs.

Facilities that support interdisciplinary programs

Designing Spaces that Serve Research-Rich Learning Environments
Michael C. Lauber- Ellenzweig Associates
As the nature of science becomes more interdisciplinary, the teaching and learning spaces for undergraduate STEM must reflect this trend. As institutions address this trend, they must consider the costs, both evident and hidden, of spaces dedicated to single disciplines versus those designed for interdisciplinary science.

Facilities that help to ensure scientific literacy for all students

Informal Learning in an Emersive Educational Environment
Peter Kuttner- Cambridge Seven Associates
In the design of facilities, institutions must remember that the learning environment is a product that must be developed. The process of developing formal and informal learning environments is one of recognizing a student learning goals, developing an understanding of these goals, proposing possible methods to achieve them, selecting the best design to enable such methods, and measuring the outcomes of such methods and facilities.