Designing College Campuses for Student Health, Equity, and Performance—Part 1

Distraught, a friend described having sleepless nights concerned about her 19-year-old freshman son’s mental health. She wasn’t alone as many students across college campuses had a rough journey filled with isolation and anxiety from COVID-19. College is about connecting, community, and forming relationships. As they prepare to welcome students back, administrators’ focus will be on […]

3 Strategies to Help Colleges Prioritize Deferred Maintenance Post-COVID

The realities of a pandemic have made running a college or university harder than ever. Institutions must simultaneously plan for a murky future state while trying to keep the doors open today. This balancing act impacts nearly every decision made and every dollar spent. Even during the best of times, facilities leaders almost always need […]

What are the Design Components of an Auditorium?

Auditoriums and performing arts centers are important features of many K-12 and higher education facilities. They not only host the latest dramatic or musical performance for students, but they can also be used for professional performances, large meetings, community events, and other activities. They are truly an educational and community asset. Designing auditoriums requires knowledge […]

What You Need to Know About Post-Tension Concrete Tennis Courts

When we conduct facility condition assessments, we frequently find heavily worn and cracked tennis courts. If you have asphalt courts, you likely know that a fact of life is significant court repair or replacement every decade or so.   But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is an alternative: post-tension concrete. Post-tension concrete […]

Design Crossover: Filling the Higher Ed STEM Pipeline Starting in K-12

How Purdue University is combining community engagement, early program exposure, and cutting-edge education design to increase its engineering student pipeline. STEM careers are in increasingly high demand. Today, we don’t have the volume of prepared applicants funneling into higher education institutions to meet the workforce needs of tomorrow and continue to successfully compete in the […]

Sneak Peek: Spalding University Health Sciences Campus Expansion

  Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, is expanding its health sciences campus. We’ve partnered with them to design a training environment that helps differentiate its health sciences programs, further develop its graduate portfolio, and enhance interprofessional education. The new space is a renovation of the existing Cooke Building, a former automobile showroom. The goal is […]

Finding the Right Professional Partners for Your Mission-Based Organization

Mission- or value-based organizations—such as philanthropic organizations, non-profit colleges or universities, social service organizations, charitable foundations, and other not-for-profit entities—have additional considerations when looking for professional services partners. It’s not just about who can do the work best, but also who aligns with their brand and core values. Professional services partners can include any external […]

Designing STEM Higher Education Spaces to Fuel Economic Growth

By Sarah Hempstead and Sara Richey Creating and enhancing STEM programs, especially for engineering, is critical to developing the next generation of innovators. Feeding a pipeline of workers to support our local and regional communities is just a starting point.   Designing academic spaces for students in professional programs requires a tailored approach based in […]

Historic Indianapolis Factory Transformed into Cutting-Edge Education Campus

The adaptive reuse and historic preservation of the P.R. Mallory factory—best known for the invention of the Duracell® battery—gives it new life as a K-12 education facility PRESS RELEASE — The grand opening of the P.R. Mallory campus as the new home of Purdue Polytechnic High School and Paramount Englewood Middle School marked yet another […]

Owner Perspective: Ball State University North Residence Hall

This semester, students moved into the new North Residence Hall at Ball State University. A part of the campus’ North Residential Neighborhood, the hall closely accompanies two other residence halls, a dining hall, and a fourth residence hall currently under construction. The 496-bed residence hall is a science, technology, and math Living-Learning Community. It includes […]