Higher education

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about higher education

Project • By Gow Hastings ArchitectsUniversities

Niagara College Welland Student Commons

The new Niagara College Welland Campus Student Commons establishes a welcoming heart within the sprawling, decentralized campus, establishing a flexible gathering place where students can study, collaborate, eat and socialize. In addition to enhancing student amenities, the project upgrades the 1970s era campus with a new north-facing entrance, enhances both wayfinding and branding with a bold graphic treatment, and opens the building to natural light and external views. Scott Norsworthy At the apex of a complex of dark, narrow corridors from previous renovations and additions, the project involved demolishing some tight spaces, improving wayfinding, and introducing natural light to the dated campus. The new 35,000 sf double-height sp... More

Project • By CO ArchitectsUniversities

Health Innovation Center and Founders Hall

CO Architects teamed with GBBN Architects to deliver a state-of-the-art transdisciplinary educational facility to train future healthcare practitioners at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) in Highland Heights, KY.  The addition of the Health Innovation Center and renovation of the adjoining Founders Hall (built in 1974) creates a seamless complex for learning, collaboration, and practice.  The unified 210,000-square-foot facility houses classrooms, offices, conference rooms, laboratories, and a full simulation and clinical skills suite to train practitioners in addressing Kentucky’s specific health challenges, including diabetes, heart disease, opioid addiction, and cardio-pulmonary illnesses.  This transdisciplinary a... More

Project • By HEDUniversities

USC Iovine and Young Hall

Named after Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young, the new 40,000 SF academy for arts, technology and the business of innovation provides a state-of-the-art digital arts and media program. Conceived as an ‘incubator’, this facility’s focus on innovation and conceptual thinking drawing on the talents and influences of leaders from across a multitude of global industries. Featuring fabrication labs, media labs, immersive and interactive learning environments, and 3D printing within a flexible studio interior, the facility design emphasizes collaboration and connectivity between programs. With unprecedented growth in technology, the facility is embedded with flexible, transparent, media-saturated learning spaces to support future gen... More

Project • By CO ArchitectsUniversities

The Student Services Building at Cal Poly Pomona

CO Architects designed the 140,000-square-foot Student Services Building (SSB) as a new gateway to the California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) campus in Pomona, roughly 30 miles east of Los Angeles.  As the gateway building, SSB welcomes matriculating students who register for classes and apply for financial aid, prospective students and their families who meet at the site for campus tours, and alumni actively involved in the campus community.  CO Architects topped the SSB with an undulating, standing-seam aluminum roof that spans over two separate structures.  The shape and orientation of this distinguishing feature is driven purely by performance and function with the aims to optimize energy management, maximize... More

Project • By HEDUniversities

Latitude Dining Commons

As the University of California Davis continues to expand, Student Housing has been challenged to continue to develop strong communities in each of its residential areas that can unite with the rest of campus. The Latitude Dining Commons is key to this strategic plan and will serve as a gateway building for the entire campus as future pedestrian pathways connect the project to the eastern reaches of the University. It is sited between existing residential buildings and future science buildings and connects to a major campus street – offering a central locus for the residences and sciences.   The design for the Latitude Dining Commons is inspired by the sun-drenched agricultural heart of the state. This is reflected in clear, fu... More

Project • By SasakiMasterplans

Xinyang University South Bay Campus Master Plan

The master plan for Xinyang University’s (XYU) new campus sets the university apart as a 21st-century liberal arts institution that nurtures ecologically-minded and socially conscious living-learning communities. From the outset, the university leadership and Sasaki developed a bold vision to integrated social, economic, and educational aspirations to create an alternative model to the current practices of delivering higher education in China. Sasaki’s highly collaborative and iterative planning process is informed by thorough research of XYU’s current pedagogy and the site’s characteristics, ecoregion, and climatic conditions. Today, the majority of China’s leading universities and colleges are state-owned. H... More

Project • By HEDUniversities

Nicholson Dining Commons

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), a faith-based liberal arts college, wanted to revive its existing Nicholson Dining Commons to reflect an updated modern dining experience that would meet the needs of the campus for the next twenty years. They sought to provide a comfortable and attractive place to eat, study, collaborate, and build long lasting relationships. With limited options on and off campus for dining and meeting, the importance of providing this space for their 3,500 students was amplified. Some of the university’s objectives were to increase their seat count, expand outdoor usage, and improve their oversized and underutilized lounge area. Nicholson Commons was designed upon the belief that the best conversations happen... More

Project • By HEDUniversities

Ullman Commons

“The rhythms of campus life are changed because Ullman Commons is giving students an educational experience, not just a dining experience.” - Tom Visyikis, Director of Auxilary Services, California Lutheran University   California Lutheran University’s Ullman Commons embodies sustainable consumption in both craft and cuisine. Positioned at the intersection of two main pedestrian access points, the Commons establishes a new, central gathering place for the CLU community. The open-plan interior offers a variety of dining options, featuring local seasonable selections that support both a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle. Flexible seating, including booths and high-top tables, accommodates students’ pr... More

Project • By SGAUniversities

Vanderbilt University - Peabody College

Partnered with local Nashville firm and ‘Architect of Record’ Centric Architecture, SGA’s Higher Ed Group leads the process as ‘Design Architect’ on 71,000 SF of renovations and additions for the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. Working closely with Peabody College’s administration, faculty and staff, and with Vanderbilt University’s Campus Planning Department, SGA guided the programming, concept and development efforts, providing academic design expertise that reimagines Peabody’s teaching and learning environment.Project scope includes 55,000 SF of renovations to two existing 1912-era Beaux Arts academic buildings, and repurposing existing spaces for classroom and administrative use. Challenges for the project seekin... More

Project • By SGAShops

River House - Brown University Graduate Housing

Through a public-private partnership with Brown University, the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, this $220M development transforms Providence’s Jewelry District and reclaims an urban place damaged through environmental degradation. Through the urban planning efforts, the district features new street grids, several transportation choices and the careful siting of buildings, creating a true sense of place.River House, a new riverfront multi-use residential community includes 270 beds for graduate student housing. The studio and one-and-two bedroom apartments feature spacious layouts, two roof decks create additional outdoor living, collaboration areas provide plentiful meeting spaces, and an 850-car parking facility helps... More

Project • By HEDUniversities

Los Angeles City College Student Union

The new Student Union at Los Angeles City College is a multi-story landmark celebrating diversity and community; a flagship facility that is sustainable, timeless and celebratory of the campus’ Hollywood history and legacy. The program supports these goals by including an extensive range of services, organizations and multi-use interior and exterior spaces for student and community activities and interaction. The project has been delivered through integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM). This is one of the first LACCD buildings to utilize BIM design-build modeling. The project was honored with a Los Angeles Architectural Award in 2014, and a Western Pacific Region Excellence Award in 2011 from the Design-Build Institute of Ameri... More

Project • By HEDLaboratories

Wayne State University Chemistry Building

To improve laboratory safety on campus, Wayne State University — a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution located in Midtown Detroit — required a renovation and expansion of its A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building.  During the first phase of the renovation, modern laboratories and dedicated student spaces were incorporated into the north side of the building to encourage students to leave laboratories during breaks.  To create an open environment, windows between the labs and student spaces where also added to the space.  All of the existing fume hoods on the first and second floors were removed and replaced with new fume hoods, exhaust connections for glove box work and snorkel locations, which represents a fo... More

Project • By HEDUniversities

University of Cincinnati Medical Sciences Building

HED leads the rehabilitation of the existing Medical Sciences Building, (MSB) in collaboration with STUDIOS Architecture and GPR Planners Collaborative, Inc.  The multi-phased project replaces the older building components and creates a new state-of-the-art learning and research center for the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. After the University’s comprehensive analysis was completed, it was determined that the most cost effective way to rehabilitate the 800,000 GSF of the MSB would be to first design and construct a building addition with about 200,000 GSF.  This multi-phase approach would reduce total project costs by allowing existing labs with major design flaws to be redesigned to accommodate new functions with less s... More

Project • By HEDUniversities

Lansing CC Center for Manufacturing Excellence

Established in 1957 to fulfill growing demand for specialized and technical education opportunities for the Greater Lansing’s industrial workforce Lansing Community College (LCC) has continued its careers emphasis and, in support of this mission, maintains a technology-rich environment, fostering “user-” vs. classroom-level information technology skills.To continue this vision, LCC leveraged the 100+ year manufacturing and industrial portfolio of Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) to renovate and expand its Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) located at the West Campus Technical Center (CTL). The existing laboratory configuration had become outdated, and the limited space did not allow LCC to adequately teach students the equipment related... More

Project • By SGAUniversities

Williams College Garfield House

Garfield House is a 40-bed, suite-style residence hall comprising 16,500 square feet.  It offers students common space, a kitchen, and a billiard room.  Construction materials include enhanced wood framing and structural insulated panel systems.Designed to meet Passive House (PHIUS) standards, this project has a targeted EUI (Energy Use Intensity) of 28. To meet these rigorous standards of energy efficiency, the building relies on passive ventilation and phase change materials for cooling.  These measures lead not only to energy savings, but also 50-80% cost savings in operating energy costs. More