Is it a food court or is it a nightclub? Some creative renovations have made this space both.
FUNCTION: By day, the food court area of Old Dominion University's Webb Center offers franchise restaurants and room for studying and socializing. At night, students hit the same hot spot when they want a cool place to hang out.
Enhanced opportunities for personal growth and intellectual development are what students residing in West Virginia University's new residence hall will get.
FUNCTION: A residential college housing 350 students and a faculty member and his family, with 11 faculty fellows (including the resident faculty member) teaching freshmen seminars and 25 "associate members" from the community dropping in to interact with students
Bringing real-world job experience into higher education has always been a challenge. This is particularly true for professional programs such as architecture, engineering, construction, and urban design. For colleges and universities, striking the right balance between academics and vocational experience is often a difficult task.
To combat the growing number of health issues affecting college students today, colleges and universities have greatly expanded the range of health services they offer-tackling everything from fitness and stress management to alcoholism and smoking cessation.
Unfortunately, these robust programs are often hindered by inadequate and aging health-care facilities.
One reason this urban, land-locked school's identiTy wasn't fully understood was its lack of a central meeting place. As part of a campus rebranding effort, The University of Baltimore Student Center building has become a "literal and figurative 'face' of UB," says spokesman Chris Hart.
University officials have undergone a crash course over the last few years in the need for more reliable sources of power. Life-threatening weather patterns, widespread blackouts, and terrorist threats have all weakened an already fragile power grid. And the lesson learned? All three instances will continue to play a significant factor for years to come.
Making a systemwide commitment
It's a situation no institution wants to find itself in: getting singled out, not for earth-friendly efforts, but for an Environmental Protection Agency investigation. Yet messing with hazardous waste laws can result in just that.
FUNCTION: Sports and rec center featuring interactive art exhibits and displays of athletics history at Haverford College, a 1,140-student school.