Campus 2025: Crash Course on the Most Impactful Trends on Campus Space

Six Sessions on the Campus of the Future

Topics: Administration and Finance, Facilities and Operations, Deferred Maintenance, Energy Management and Sustainability, Space Utilization

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About the Webconference Series

Facilities departments have always had to think ahead when making design and construction decisions. But now, planning for the future increasingly requires understanding which trends are here to stay (and which are fads) and how far those trends will evolve. New classroom technology, less traditional instruction models, research innovation, and the student amenities arms race will all continue to reshape capital needs going forward, likely at even higher rates of change than before.

  • This six-part webconference series will help Facilities leaders understand which key trends will have the biggest impact and guide them in their design decisions for the campus of the future.

    Each session in the series packs the most essential insights and tactics into 15-minute "crash courses," with additional time at the end of the session for discussion.

March 15 | Trend #1: Active Classrooms and Learning Spaces

Presenter: Steve Rowe

While all institutions are revisiting pedagogy to improve student engagement and learning outcomes, there is uncertainty about what classrooms must look like to support active learning. One approach is incredibly expensive: putting up whole buildings with dedicated active learning classrooms equipped with extensive technology. The other approach is too narrow to support active learning: simply renovating all classrooms with a standard AV suite.

In 15 minutes, learn how to create scalable active classrooms and learning spaces. Institutions can forgo extensive technology updates in showcase active learning centers in favor of more impactful infrastructure changes in a larger number of classrooms.

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April 6 | Trend #2: Community-Centric Student Residence Halls

Presenter: Kaitlyn Maloney

Institutions face pressure to build lavish suite-style residence halls to attract a limited supply of full-pay prospective students and ward off competition from off-campus luxury student housing developers. While attractive residence halls with extensive amenities serve as an important recruitment tool, suite-style residence halls limit in-hall interaction and engagement, reducing the likelihood that an institution will retain the students housed there or engage them later as alumni.

In 15 minutes, learn how to build a diverse residential portfolio that meets student life cycle needs from enrollment to graduation and beyond. Institutions can meet admissions targets and enhance student success and alumni giving outcomes by building different types of residence halls that cater to students at various stages of their academic life.

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April 26 | Trend #3: Corporate-Inspired Offices and Administrative Spaces

Presenter: Kaitlyn Maloney

Operating in a more competitive business environment than in previous decades, administrative departments today are expected to provide higher levels of business support with stagnant or reduced resources. Many institutions are exploring open office floorplans for administrators and some faculty to improve collaboration and reduce costs. These new working arrangements, however, carry a host of new staff concerns, which threaten the outcomes that institutions strive for in the new spaces.

In 15 minutes, explore the costs and benefits of moving to open floorplans and the programmatic considerations that get staff buy-in for new spaces and achieve benefits beyond cost savings. Institutions can increase collaboration, productivity, and satisfaction among employees by executing well-designed moves to open floorplans.

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May 18 | Trend #4 Flexible and Shared Research Labs

Presenter: Steve Rowe

With federal research funding plateauing and uncertainty about what type of infrastructure institutional research will need in the coming years, schools are dramatically re-envisioning their research labs. The current approach of putting each principal investigator in a custom-built lab is expensive and time-consuming. It also inhibits multidisciplinary research at a time when more PIs are turning to collaborate on research with peers.

In 15 minutes, learn how to build flexible, shared research lab buildings. Institutions can reduce renovation costs, increase lab space efficiency, and facilitate multidicisplinary research by building shared research labs equipped for a variety of research requirements.

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June 8 | Trend #5 Makerspaces

Presenter: Kaitlyn Maloney

Today’s knowledge economy demands that institutions produce students with both technical and critical thinking skills to solve complex problems. Makerspace have begun to emerge on campus to foster creativity and innovation while developing students’ technical skills. As an emerging space, however, institutions are uncertain about the needs and the staying power of makerspaces: What do they need to be effective, and are they worth the investment?

In 15 minutes, examine the startup costs of successful makerspaces and the programmatic elements required to succeed.

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June 28 | Trend #6 Industry Interface Spaces

Presenter: Rachael Kauss

Institutions are building an array of new spaces to encourage entrepreneurial activities on campus. Students want direct job experience and support launching their own business. At the same time, plateauing federal research funding is turning institutions towards private industry for additional research funding and towards start-ups to monetize university intellectual property. But institutions are uncertain what type of facilities to build to facilitate these new activities.

In 15 minutes, explore how to build the right type of space for your institution’s goal—whether it’s giving students real-world experience, better commercializing intellectual property, and expanding research—and make sure you don’t build something more expensive than you need.

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