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Hi all. For those of you working on College and University Projects, what are some of the trends you are seeing in your work?A few I'm seeing:Movement to create more housing, particularly for 3rd and 4th year studentsHigher likelyhood of reusing and renovation, even of lesser quality buildingsDecarbonization Planning, primarily with the installation of low temperature hot water (generated without fossil fuels) loops Please share your thoughts!
A couple of trends.
Hi Jason. I wrote an article about higher-ed trends and also sites I use to follow trends for Inform, an online magazine published by the Virginia AIA. Here's a link if you are interested: Thinking Like a Futurist: Using Learning Trends Research to Design Post-Secondary Educational Environments - Inform Magazine
A few of us at my office also wrote a pandemic piece back in 2020 about emerging trends that may disrupt higher education post-pandemic. I think it's still quite relevant if you are interested in giving it a read: Disruption in Higher Education - Ayers Saint Gross
Great discussion, I hope those resources help!
I'd echo many of the above statements as we see many of the same themes in our HE practice.
I'd also add that there is an increasing interest in renovation and adaptive re-use of buildings on campuses. Not only to update existing facilities to address modern day pedagogical approach but also in the interest of reducing operational carbon and recognizing the value of embodied carbon in these buildings.
Good additional observation. The additional reason for recycling is that unless a building is in miserable condition, well past being able to save it, or is substantially functionally obsolete- think a 1950's science lab vs. how science is taught today, it's really hard to justify spending a ton of money to tear down a building, provide a new one, and effectively end up with about the same useable square feet as we had originally.
We often demo'd a building down to structure and slab when we needed a major update and still could save a significant amount of money vs. a full demo and start over.
Big themes we are seeing are similar to those you point out, Decarbonization is big, EDI initiatives, attraction and retention, student success, and lots of Wellness initiatives. Space utilization has been big for us too. Rethink the existing square footage for effectiveness.
We are seeing more on campus housing – driven by affordability. For last 10 years we have been renovating existing, including the 'traditional' model as it augments community building and offers the right price point for some students.
Re-purposing has been a trend in our practice for over 20 years, coupled with expanding into unused spaces (attics) to optimize yield per footprint.
Focus on Student Success, starting with complete revamp of the Admissions and Onboarding process. This has transformed how we design spaces that accommodate admissions, financial aid, testing and academic counseling.
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