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A hub for interdisciplinary STEM programs: Davidson College’s new academic building

20 October 2015

Tradeline College & Univ Science Facilities 2015, Boston, MA

William Riley, AIA, LEED AP, Shepley Bulfinch
David Holthouser, Davidson College

Today’s lab building by the numbers

Friday, 14 October 2016

Shepley Bulfinch undertook a 3-month long study where we examined science facilities from over a 100 colleges and universities across the country. We gathered data that details departmental usage, building efficiency and other key metrics that drive the design of science buildings. In particular, we tracked usage related to interdisciplinary research and STEM trends across higher education.

Key insights included:

  • Buildings are 37% larger while undergoing a 15% reduction in square footage per department.
  • There has been a 260% increase in the space allotted to dry labs. This dramatic increase represents new types of research driven by technology that does not require hoods and benches, including computational biology, computer science, and robotics.
  • Increased ...[more]

If we build it…

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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If we build it, will they come? This was one of the many questions posed this spring at the Learning Spaces Collaboratory Forum. Shepley Bulfinch, along with other national design and academic leaders, was invited to participate in a series of roundtables, concluding with a national forum in Washington, D.C. The challenge was lofty: to discuss and determine what is “now and next” in classroom design and instruction.

Of particular interest to us was the idea of institutions experimenting with learning spaces, essentially testing, what works today and what will be flexible enough to evolve with changing pedagogies. Experimenting with learning ...[more]