Construction

Utilizing Architects to Aid in Construction Funding

Five ways these firms can help in cultivating donors and soliciting gifts

For many campus building projects, the period following schematic design is critical to the project's future. With the proposed design illustrating the building's significant forms, program, functional relationships and scale, the project enters the fundraising phase. Design work on higher education cultural projects—such as museums, studio-arts buildings, performance halls and affiliated classrooms, as well as sports facilities, alumni centers, and science buildings—often pauses following schematic design so that university leaders can raise funds for construction.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center at Kirkwood Community College

Learning by doing

More than 300 students from five Kirkwood Community College (Iowa) programs study in state-of-the-art kitchens and classrooms, working alongside a 70-person professional staff.

University Center at The University of Memphis

Building a cultural center for a commuter school

What was originally supposed to be a renovation of the University Center at The University of Memphis (Tenn.) became a much bigger project.

School of Education at The College of William & Mary

More space, and all under one roof

Education students at The College of William & Mary (Va.) have a new building just for them?seven years in the making and the first time in 20 years that all of the school's people and programs will be housed together.

Livingston Campus Student Center at Rutgers

Student-driven project begins campus rebirth

The Livingston campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey was in need of a new identity. Thanks to a push from students and the vision of leaders, it's well on its way to becoming a center for professional education.

FUNCTION: Student center with social, recreational, dining, and learning spaces, plus a flexible theater space allowing for five different event configurations

Enotah Hall at Young Harris College

Filling a housing need, quickly but with style

Young Harris College (Ga.) needed more housing, and fast. This project had to move forward ahead of even a new campus master plan.

FUNCTION: A two hundred-bed residence hall with 50 suites

North Hall and Pedestrian Underpass at Montgomery County Community College

Expanding a campus, making downtown accessible

An art gallery with exposed brick walls displays works by faculty, students, alumni and local artists and has become a gathering spot for both the college and broader community.

Montgomery County Community College (Pa.) and the broader community benefit from adaptive reuse.

Universities Go to School

Expanding missions and the charter school movement bring research institutions into the K-12 arena.

Over the past two years, Arizona State University has opened two new schools at its campuses in the Phoenix area. But these educational additions are not training future social workers, lawyers, or business executives. They'll be turning out qualified future college students, many of whom—ASU officials hope—will populate the state's universities years from now.

Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University (Conn.)

Creating a dedicated space for meditation and worship

With just a tiny chapel located within its student center and main academic building, it was time for a standalone chapel at Sacred Heart.

35 SMART Building Ideas

Moving forward with campus construction projects despite a challenging economy

Student Union Building, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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