Higher Education Environments

Resources and information on educational facilities for professionals serving the college and university market.

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  • Facilities
    Laboratory Design

    Lab Design: Keeping People in Mind

    A people-centered focus of the design of lab spaces can encourage engagement and place more emphasis on the purpose of the lab, leading to success for the institution.

  • Facilities
    Roof vents at Kansas State University

    Raising the Roof at Kansas State

    A renovation that included the repair of storm damage to the roof of McCain Auditorium on the campus of Kansas State University was a coordinated effort that required the replacement of custom-fabricated smoke vents.

  • Space Planning
    College students

    Optimizing Campus Space to Create a Better Student Experience

    Colleges and universities are rethinking the traditional use of space, taking innovative approaches, and using analytics and advanced scheduling technologies to optimize their existing resources.

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    building envelope

    From the Outside In

    Building envelope systems not only work to keep the inside in and the outside out, but can also contribute to a facility’s or institution’s sustainability goals while presenting an attractive, functional front.

  • makerspace

    Reinventing the Student Experience

    Makerspaces are providing students with the tools they will need in the world of work through hands-on projects and the use of cutting-edge technology.

  • Emerging Technology (Enhancing, Engaging, Connecting)

    Changing the Landscape

    Innovative AV technologies are changing the higher ed experience.

  • Editor's Note (The View from Here)

    Social Recruitment

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    sports and fitness facility

    What's New in Sport and Fitness Facilities Design?

    Student-athlete wellness is just one of a number of drivers of college and university sport and fitness facilities design.

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    Transforming Traditional Campus Buildings

    With careful planning and craft, architecturally significant buildings can take on new life through interior renovations that create up-to-date spaces while retaining historic integrity.

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    outdoor spaces

    Outside the Walls

    Encourage students and the campus community to engage with outdoor spaces through purposeful planning, but don't be surprised by unanticipated uses that may emerge as those spaces evolve.

  • A Boom in Campus Construction

    Hundreds of campus projects are launching throughout the U.S. Here are just a few of them.

  • Construction
    Construction safety400

    Mastering Safe Construction on the Campus Jobsite

    The construction industry is bringing real-time information into centuries-old processes. Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors can collect job-site data in affordable, efficient, and effective ways, improving efficiency and safety.

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    modular building

    Easy Come, Easy Go Campus Buildings

    Modular buildings on college and university campuses rise up here, move over there and, when necessary, just disappear.

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    Before the Snow Falls

    Autumn is the ideal time to prepare structures for winter from roof to foundation. Undertaking routine inspections in the fall can prevent costly repairs in the future.

  • Business (Managing Higher Ed)

    Educating Custodial Workers

    Clean facilities are healthy and high-performing facilities. Ensuring that custodial workers are properly trained on equipment, supplies, and methods leads to more effective and successful workers and healthier facilities.

  • The Sustainable Campus (Trends and Innovations)
    Solar Installation at Denison Univerity

    Pollinator-Friendly Solar

    Denison University has turned a solar installation into a bee and butterfly habitat.

  • passive house

    Passive House Grows on Campus

  • Business (Managing Higher Ed)
    partnering FM

    Partnering for Project Implementation

    How to find success in university facility and program management partnerships.

  • Editor's Note (The View From Here)

    Survey Says...

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    quiet spaces

    Shhh. How to Design Campus Quiet Spaces

    Students need space and time for quiet study, reflection, mediation, and stillness. Here’s a look at what goes into the design of quiet spaces in order to make them both welcoming and effective.

  • Electrical Distribution: Designing the Campus Heartbeat

    Campus electrical distribution systems support all aspects of campus activity. Understanding the challenges for new and replacement installations is imperative for maintaining university operations and protecting capital investments. This article provides insight into identifying and addressing these challenges.

  • testing

  • lifelong learning

    Designing for Lifelong Learning Opportunities

    Are there similarities in the design of spaces for education and for senior living? Specific areas where the two intersect include creating spaces that foster lifelong learning, help people build communities and foster relationships, and combat the stigma of being either young or old.

  • Reinventing the Academic Workplace

    A look at spaces that shape student-faculty interactions on campus, and ultimately contribute to student success.

  • Spotlight On Maintaining Architectural Continuity

    Gabe Guilliams, IESNA, LEED-AP, a principal and regional discipline leader with BuroHappold, speaks with CP&M about how institutions can strike a balance between architectural continuity and creating effective learning spaces for today’s students.

  • 7 C Strategy for Cost-Effective Preventative Maintenance

    Preventative maintenance is crucial for identifying maintenance needs and determining the amount of deferred maintenance needed. It will also help facility managers plan and prioritize projects and evaluate their costs.

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    structural integrity

    Preserving Structural Integrity

    It is important to include a structural perspective of your facilities when considering the impact of deferred maintenance.

  • Emerging Technology (Enhancing, Engaging, Connecting)
    AV technology

    AV Technology and Active Learning

    Audiovisual components are becoming integral tools in active learning spaces.

  • Looking Forward
    trends at collegs and universities

    Trends In Education

    Life's one constant is change and College Planning & Management is here for it. From the expansion of big data to plant-forward dining options, schools are adapting with the times. Here's a look at what's happening now and into the future. Is your school ready for what's next?

  • The Sustainable Campus (Trends and Innovations)
    green dining

    Award-Winning Green Dining at UVA

  • Maintenance & Operations (Managing the Physical Plant)

    Cleaning With Water

    Taking a closer look at the pros and cons of chemical-free cleaning.

  • Trends

    View From the Industry

    Look inside for commentary from experts in the field who share their perspective on trends in education and the effect those changes will have on various learning environments.

  • Editor's Note (The View From Here)

    The Light Gets In

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    campus landscape

    An Award-Winning Landscape

    Duke University has won awards for its campus landscape features and design. Careful planning and thoughtful implementation are just two keys to the university's success.

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    science lab

    Science on Display

    Creative design can solve the conflict between having an open research lab with natural light and views where passersby can see and be excited about the research being done and safeguarding sensitive or proprietary information.

  • A Sense of Stewardship

    On the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, Chou Hall is a leading example of the practice of sustainable development.

  • Designed to Dine

    Student dining facilities are changing—and university officials need to be flexible and prepared.

  • Editor's Note (The View From Here)

    Does It Matter?

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    emergency exit

    Residence Halls and Emergency Evacuation

    It's both big things and little things that come together to ensure student safety when evacuating a residence hall in an emergency. Here are three things to take into account.

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    residence hall restrooms

    21st-Century Residence Hall Restrooms

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    Christopher Newport Hall at Christopher Newport University

    Connecting to Campus

    Thoughtfully designing the high-traffic areas that define your campus plays a crucial role in establishing your institution's identity.

  • Technology (Innovations for Education)
    AV wall

    AV Innovations for Today’s Classrooms

    More higher education institutions are adopting an audiovisual technology-enabled approach to learning.

  • Cashing in on Campus Space

    Improved space scheduling can generate cash for colleges and universities. Here’s how.

  • Is Your Building Ventilated Like It's 1978?

    Ensuring healthy air in your campus facilities contributes to the well being of your students and staff. Here’s how to breathe easy.

  • Preventing and Treating Bed Bug Infestations in Residence Halls

    College dorms are among the top 10 hiding places for bed bugs. Prevention is preferable to treatment when dealing with this pest.

  • Rosen Concert Hall at the Hayes School of Music

    Performing Arts Facilities Planning: a Program-Based Approach

    Real-world installations illustrate how an in-depth review of existing performing arts curricula and facilities can be of benefit when considering how best to upgrade existing spaces versus when to build new facilities.

  • Editor's Note (The View From Here)

    Furry Friends

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    Lighting for Humans

    How the latest lighting technologies enhance student success, safety, and engagement.

  • Emerging Technology (Enhancing, Engaging, Connecting)

    Flexibility With AV

    AV technology is changing how we deliver higher education.

  • campus housing

    Campus Housing: Back to Basics

    As we do each year, College Planning & Management recently surveyed college and university housing administrators to learn about the state of their facilities, what challenges they are facing, what the trends are in new facilities, and what improvements they would like to see in their residential life programs and accommodations. Here are some results and observations from that survey.