The old college try

Campus considerations from incoming freshmen With summer winding down, the annual higher education rite of passage is near for a new class of incoming students moving into their new homes away from home over the next couple weeks. Between shopping for the essentials, saying goodbye to family, meeting and making new friends, decorating the ultimate […]

Deferred Maintenance and Master Planning

Across the country, facilities staff, advancement officers, and CFOs alike are tackling deferred maintenance and master planning to ensure safety, reliability, and efficiency. Those responsible recognize how daunting this is, especially with tighter budgets, less state funding, and project backlogs. “When deferred maintenance is addressed early and often with an understanding of which priorities to […]

Three Ways VR/AR Engages Audiences While Building Consensus

Seeing your building project on paper is one step closer to becoming a reality but, thanks to technology advancements in Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), you can now see a project in 3D and start using it to build consensus, early in the process. This is good news for Owners, but before getting into specifics, […]

Designing College Campuses for Student Health, Equity, and Performance – Part 2

Environmental design has an impact on occupant health, productivity, and sense of belonging. There’s no exception for students on college campuses. According to an October 2020 “Inside Higher Ed,” survey, 44 percent of student respondents said stress, anxiety, and loneliness had been their biggest challenge. In our last blog, we cited that in 2021, college […]

The Intersection of Comfort and Sound: How Quiet HVAC Systems and Good Acoustics Contribute to Higher Learning

Acoustics and Well-being Well-designed classrooms are central to learning. While students and staff may not immediately consider what they hear (or don’t hear), noise control is fundamental to their learning environment. As architects and engineers specializing in higher education design, we have an obligation to minimize these distractions, making acoustics an integral aspect of design […]

Health Equity: Partnering to Improve Access

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized profound weaknesses in healthcare and the inequities that have traditionally pervaded it. The virus has highlighted gaps and exacerbated them. Decades of widespread dependence on employment-based coverage meant Americans could lose coverage if they changed or lost their jobs. Layoffs show that as many as 7.7 million workers and 6.9 […]

Exploring Healthcare Education: IU Student Outreach Clinic

Minutes from downtown Indianapolis sits an Eastside neighborhood where access to healthcare proved challenging. Many residents often went without. But, thanks to a partnership between the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, the Butler University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy, residents […]

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 […]