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September, 2011


High-Profile: Educational Facilities Development News

Colleges Carving Out New Space on Existing Campuses

by Julia Nugent The Northeast, or “collegeland” as some west coast applicants call it, is dense with established college and university campuses. The ivy-covered walls, iconic bell towers, and grassy quads appear deceptively timeless. Campus life, however, is not timeless, and student life in particular is constantly evolving. A generation Julia Nugent ago, work and life were clearly delineated. A student woke up, showered, dressed, shouldered a backpack, and then headed out from his or her dorm across campus to class. Much of the day would be spent in the academic zone of campus, including study and research after classes ended. Except for a dinner break and maybe stopping back at the dorm to rescue laundry left in a dryer from the previous night, a student would spend much of his or her study time away from the residential precinct of campus. In the last generation, however, students have been arriving on campus with laptop computers, campuses have gone

wireless, lectures are accessed online, and assignments submitted via email. These technological advances, combined with an emphasis on collaboration, have blurred the lines between living and learning. Research and study are no longer confined to the university lab or library. Students no longer view their dorms as just places to sleep and hang out on weekends. And the academic zones of some campuses now hum with activity 24x7. Paradoxically, this new connectivity has left student life programs looking for appropriate ways to enhance and encourage live student connections. While all of the housing stock on campus can be outfitted with wireless access, residence life directors find that the need to foster community and support the whole student requires inviting, engaging common space. And this space, of course, is not your father’s student lounge with just a new flat-screen TV installed. Unfortunately, strapped capital budgets and densely built out campuses prevent the wholesale replacement of outdated residence halls. This has campus facilities managers and residence life directors looking for economical approachContinued on page 18

Erland Tops Off New School Center Teams up with Robert Olsen + Associates

Needham, MA - Erland Construction, with offices in Burlington, recently secured the final steel beam onto the new 32,000sf science, math, library center for St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, completing the building’s frame. Erland is teaming with Robert Olsen + Associates of Boston on this new construction and renovation project. When completed in early 2012, the new two-story science, math, library center – built as an addition to the existing main building – will feature eight math classrooms, two biology labs, and two science classrooms on the first floor. The second floor will contain two chemistry labs, two physics labs, a math/ science computer room, a seminar room, and a reading room. In addition, the new building will have a large rotunda with high-end finishes that will be used for physics lessons. As part of this project, Erland will renovate a section of the existing main building to connect the buildings together

The final steel beam is secured onto the new science, math, library center. and perform life safety upgrades to the church on campus.

Whitney Veigas Designs Dorm Signage

Needham, MA - Whitney Veigas (WV) has completed architectural signage for the recently completed North Hall dormitory at Framingham State College, designed by Pfeufer Richardson Architects. Whitney Veigas is currently working on two student living projects. The company’s new expedited sign planning service is being utilized to create specifications and construction documentation for the new

dorm signage at Berklee College of Music. In addition, it is working on the new ADD, Inc. designed residence hall under construction at the Mass. College of Art and Design. All of these projects include interior suite and bedroom identifiers, other ADA and wayfinding signage, and exterior building identification signs.

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