Features


roof

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

My Roof's Got a Hole In it...

Each roof leak is an opportunity to fail. As always, planning for all possible alternatives in advance will pay dividends in the future.

lighting

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Lighting for Humans

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

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.

learning environment

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

New Wine in Old Bottles

Imagine the opportunities that could be created in the learning environment if there were 50 or even a 100 points of light in each classroom that could be controlled individually or grouped in zones.

disaster response

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Planning Disaster Responses

Many different kinds of disasters can strike your school. Are you prepared to respond?

wildfire

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Wildfires Go to College

It doesn't happen often, but every now and then a wildfire threatens lives and property at a college or university campus.

Wallace School Iowa

Specifier's Report: Outfitting 21st-Century Educational Facilities

Here's what administrators have to say about specifying products that best serve the needs of the school or district.

roof

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

A Prescription for Healthy Roofs

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to roof maintenance.

mechanical systems

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Control Freaks

Optimizing School Mechanical Systems By Paying Attention.

purchasing and procurement

Business (Managing Higher Ed)

Educated Buying

Building and maintaining diverse purchasing and procurement capabilities for colleges and universities is educated buying.



Organic Learning Environments

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Creating Organic Learning Environments Through Sustainable Design

The structure and surrounding landscape can be active learning tools.

Northland Pines High School

Intelligent Schools

K-12 school buildings that automatically manage and control utility costs 24-hours a day.

students

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Authentic Experiences

The key to engaging students in learning.

health care training

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Experiential Learning in the Health Sciences

Design strategies to support learning are smoothing the transition from learning environment to care setting for health care training.

flooring

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

"Both/And"

Like many things in life, flooring decisions are not always easy 'black or white' decisions.

flooring

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Flooring for Learning Spaces

Choosing the right flooring for lecture halls and classrooms will have an impact on acoustics, aesthetics, maintenance, and more.

University of Windsor

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Bringing Out That Community Feel

A landscape reboot at the University of Windsor makes for a more cohesive, competitive, and inviting campus.

smart campus

The Future of Higher Education: Smart Campuses

From the IoT to self-driving cars, college and university campuses are becoming more efficient and productive with the development and deployment of new technologies.

school bus

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Keeping Schools Healthy Starts Before the Kids Get to School

medical school

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Future-Proofing Medical Schools With Flexible, Adaptive Design

outsourcing SaaS

Business (Managing Higher Ed)

What to Ask When Outsourcing SaaS

Here are five questions to ask potential partners when seeking to outsource Software as a Service (SaaS).

fresh air in the classroom

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

FRESH AIR: The Impact of HVAC Systems on Indoor Air Quality

Expecting children to learn in poorly ventilated classrooms is like requiring them to read blurry textbooks.

indoor air quality

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Deep Breaths

The EPA says improving indoor air quality can improve the performance of students and faculty

indoor air quality

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Deep Breaths

The EPA says improving indoor air quality can improve the performance of students and teachers.

school commons area

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

We All Scream For—Mobility, Convenience, Flex Appeal, and Lunchtime Learning

Today's schools aren't putting all of their eggs in one basket, but opting for more personal choice, food portability, and digital functionality in student dining facilities.

digital sinage and display

Technology (Innovations for Education)

Top Uses for Digital Signage and Displays

Details of developing a successful installation on the campus of West Virginia University.

Dover High School

Education Interiors

The interior spaces where students’ high school careers and experiences unfold are of prime importance to those young people, faculty, staff, and administrators. The best such spaces help districts and individual schools express and realize their goals while guiding high school students toward achieving theirs.

community space

Design for Community Spaces

Today's community colleges are interested in placemaking, in creating campuses where students learn, linger, and interact. With an eye to design, here are three examples of community colleges stepping up their interior spaces to improve the student experience.

parking payment station

Business (Managing Higher Ed)

The Value of Parking Audits

In today's technology age, parking audits are more important than ever.

classroom design

Everything I Learned About Learning in Kindergarten

What higher education can learn from kindergarten classroom design.

cleaning schools

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Ways School Administrators Can Keep Students and Staff Healthy this Winter

Why a new type of cleaning and maintenance protocol may be necessary.

modernizing school buildings

Designing to Reinvent Teaching & Learning

Changing space is easy, but changing what happens in that space is where the real magic happens.

clean campus

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Getting Clean

Are the buildings on your campus clean enough? We asked the professionals how clean buildings should be—and how to get them that clean.

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Storm Shelters for Education Facilities

Designers should consider these three things.

school bus

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

The Business of School Buses

Organizing and managing a school bus operation is a large business undertaking for any school district.

internet of things

Technology (Innovations for Education)

Intelligent Facilities

The Internet of Things can make the job of facilities managers easier, but getting buy-in may take some time and education.

STEM

STEM Equality

Innovative programs and a concerted effort by many colleges and universities are increasing enrollment of women in STEM programs and helping them to navigate careers in traditionally male-dominated jobs.

campus sports and recreation buildings

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Embracing a New Vision for Sports, Fitness, and Wellness

Traditionally seen as venues for sporting events, workouts, and team practices, campus sports and recreation buildings are taking on an exciting new mission.

building envelope

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

The Building Envelope

Envelopes have long since evolved from a means to just keep outside out and inside in. Systems are advancing with, among other things, sophisticated air and vapor barriers, airtight interiors, increasingly efficient windows, and exceedingly insulated roofs.

environmental design

The Safe and Secure Campus

Safe By Design: Can attention to environmental design lead to a safer campus?

When the conversation moves from how to secure buildings and expands to securing entire campuses, attention to environmental design can help with answers.