Articles: Campus Construction

03/2014
Wrapped in bowed glass, the building’s first three floors give passersby a full view of events and activity going on inside.

People walking past 160 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston are likely to both see and hear beautiful music being made. That’s the point of this 14,000-square-foot addition to Berklee College of Music.

02/2014
The future Public Safety Institute at Eastern Florida State College.

Public Safety Institute

Eastern Florida State College, Melbourne campus

Planned occupancy: February 2015

Design: BRPH (Melbourne, Fla.)

01/2014
The orange ceiling panels in the Loretto-Hilton Center at Webster University (Mo.) create a solid catwalk flooring to ensure maximum student/staff safety for this theater space, which the campus shares with The Repertory Theatre Company of St. Louis and the St. Louis Opera Company.

The top trend in college performance spaces today is the flexibility being built into them.

01/2014
Connecting to four of Saint Michael’s dorms, the Dion Family Student Center’s interior passageways provide comfortable access to the facility during the winter months.

Located in the heart of campus at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, the 40,000-square-foot Dion Family Student Center offers a centralized space, housing a variety of student services. Nearly half the student population can access the center right from their dorms.

01/2014
Construction budgeting software allows Southern Methodist U to maintain a digital record of projects and ensure future projects have adequate funding for site development and other line items.

A Midwestern state university budgeted about $12 million for a major addition to its library several years ago. At the time, there was not a tightly controlled project planning process at the institution and

01/2014
Sidewalks weren't part of the construction project budget for the Hurvis Center at Lawrence U, but that piece was still planned ahead, through a local landscaper.

In some cases, colleges and universities will opt to fund some site development items, such as landscaping, as an operational cost instead of a capital cost.

01/2014

Similar to their corporate counterparts, institutions of higher education have to operate in a fiscally responsible manner, which means managing budgets and achieving bottom line results.

12/2013
The future Judge Damon J. Keith Scholars Hall at West Virginia State University.

West Virginia State University broke ground in October on a 291-bed, $20 million residence hall, the first to be constructed on campus since 1969.

12/2013
41 Wyllys Avenue, now an academic building at Wesleyan University, was built in the 1920s and had 17 squash courts. (Photo: Olivia Drake)

Repurposing an old campus building may not have the wow factor that comes with creating a new facility from scratch.

11/2013
With its amphitheater and café, the atrium area of Bloch Executive Hall is a popular informal meeting area. It was also the scene of a dinner celebration with hundreds of guests.

Sitting adjacent to UMKC’s historic School of Management building, and now complementing it, is the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

10/2013
The Learning Commons: Serving as a front door, the learning commons area was central to the design of the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library renovation. It spans from the main entrance to the grand central staircase and its sweeping red wall—providing primary library services as well as space for learning, working, and collaborating.

Heading to the campus library used to mean needing serious study silence or a spot for solitary scholarly pursuits. Although the library’s shell may look the same, inside it’s a decidedly different and livelier place.

10/2013
Students at Millersville University participate in a ceremonial beam signing.

Millersville University (Pa.) broke ground in September on phase one of a new living-learning community complex.

09/2013
An accessible sculpture adjacent to the main entrance of The College of New Jersey's School of Education building references the early American one-room schoolhouse.

A new School of Education building proves it’s possible to maintain the identities of campus departments while also fostering collaboration.

08/2013
The future residence hall on Bryant Street at Howard U.

Campus Apartments broke ground on an estimated $107 million housing project at Howard University (D.C.). in March. The 1,360-bed project, slated for August 2014 completion, includes two on-campus facilities that will bring underclassmen closer to the campus core.

08/2013
The Hancock Welcome Center at Liberty University was completed in August 2012 for $12 million.

While the “curb appeal” of well-manicured lawns as well as easy parking are crucial parts of the first impression a campus makes, how welcome visitors feel once inside the first building they encounter on campus is just as important.

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