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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

Co-sponsors:
Oscar J. Boldt Construction
Ellenzweig Associates
American Council of Academic Deans (ACAD)

Resources from the Cranbrook Rountable - Facilities of the Future

Resources from the Drury Workshop

Presentations Given at the Drury Workshop

Cost Planning
Larry Gleason
CPMI

The cost management cycle includes planning and preliminary budgeting, pre-design and programming, design and construction, and post construction activities. Gleason 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 during construction.

Embracing Contradictions
Kent Duffy, AIA
SRG Partnership, Inc.

On many campuses mistakes of the past appear insurmountable. For example, at one university the main library was located at the symbolic heart of the campus, but it was unappealing to students and it had no campus presence as a result. When analyzing such situations, it must be remembered that all is not lost. Steps can be taken to renovate such facilities. Several examples of state-of-the-art facilities rejuvenating entire campuses are presented here.

Grinnell College - Noyce Science Center
Jim Swartz & James Baird
Holabird & Root - Architecture Engineering Interiors

At Grinnell College, nearly all students take a science course and 75% of students take calculus. Therefore, their new science facility will be a major focal point on campus for years to come. Pictures of the previous facility illustrate the need for a new facility. We see run-down laboratory spaces, crowded, dark classrooms, and unpleasant study areas. Before construction began, pedagogical and curricular reforms set the stage for their state-of-the-art facility. In conclusion, the presenters show us the newly constructed science facility. We see a building with maximum exposure to the outdoors. We see study areas, laboratories, restaurant/banquet areas, and classrooms that are open, inviting, and technologically advanced.

Informal Learning in an Immersive Educational Environment
American National Fish & Wildlife Museum
Peter Kuttner FAIA
Cambridge Seven Associates

The learning environment must be seen as a product that needs to be developed. This development includes recognizing a need, understanding the need, proposing solutions to meet the need, introducing the product into service, and measuring the outcomes. Facility design must incorporate this product development and the MIT Learning Lab for Complex Systems provides an excellent example of this. In addition, the MIT Learning Lab boasts unique features such as specialty shop fabrication areas, integrated specialty spaces, and large-scale project areas.

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