Articles: Facilities

07/2013

After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, emergency response teams at Boston-area colleges had to act fast. Between reaching out to the community and accounting for students and faculty running or attending the race, institutions had much to contend with that day.

07/2013

There’s not a tree that grows in the northeast that can’t be found on the campus of Union College in upstate New York, the manager of the institution’s grounds says.

As the rest of world gets on with their lives, those of us who call Massachusetts home are reminded daily of why the Bay State has always been Boston Strong.

06/2013

When state funds for a library expansion fell through, officials at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., got creative by repurposing an existing facility located just a few steps away.

06/2013
Edna Holmes Hall, a five-story residential living community at Lewis & Clark College (Ore.) last fall, is designed to use  40 percent less water and 26 percent less energy than a typical residential building.

When Vanderbilt University (Tenn.) started its practice of building green in the mid-1990s, finding plywood without VOCs—or volatile organic compounds that can be harmful to human health and the environment—wasn’

06/2013
The 76,500-square-foot Student Wellness Complex at the University of North Florida was completed in June 2012 for $19 million.

Hardhats were not an uncommon sight amid the bustle of activity on college and university campuses this year. But there’s no such thing as a standard journey from building vision to completion.

06/2013

You have space on campus for a new building, and visions of a cutting-edge learning center dance in your head.

06/2013

Many colleges and universities are tempted to revamp buildings because there isn’t enough space to construct new, technology-rich facilities. But sometimes, the amount of renovation required can drive costs so high that it may be less expensive to build something new.

06/2013
Colby College's biomass plant.

Colby College (Maine) is now the fourth higher ed institution—and the largest—to have gone carbon neutral.

For most colleges and universities, having students live on campus can provide a number of benefits, both in revenue and in classroom performance.

energy efficient solar panel

Increasing numbers of colleges and universities are making a commitment to foster sustainability on campus. This strategy aligns well with university missions that include public service, thought leadership and pioneering new technologies.

campus energy dashboard

Do energy visualization dashboards really save energy?

In higher ed we often find that the pace of decision making can be snail-like. While not always a bad thing, it is symptomatic of what the Higher Education culture embraces—making sure all the right data is in place before making the final decision.

The campus student center may once have been the place students passed through on the way to their next class. But these facilities have evolved into bustling destinations that foster campus culture and community.

  • Young Harris College (Ga.) broke ground on a $41 million, 125-square-foot campus center in April. To be the largest structure on campus and completed in fall 2014, the project is the centerpiece of YHC’s master plan.

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