From the outset, the team delivering the 268,000-sq.-ft. Arizona Board of Regents’ Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) project on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus was focused on finding the most inventive solutions to overcome enormous challenges in constructing this noteworthy project.
Following a transformative master plan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently undertook the most ambitious building campaign in its history. The university chancellor and planner who led this effort explain in this video how they engaged and collaborated with diverse groups during the planning process to ensure successful campus growth and renewal.
Like an artist’s canvas, the Art and Design Building at George Mason University supports the creative process. In this video, the architect and the fine arts faculty member discuss the inspiration for the project and how the light-filled spaces of this contemporary building energize art-making and pay dividends to the students.
Emory University spent nine years envisioning a residential village at the core of its campus. The university official and architect responsible for this first-year housing explain how its six buildings enrich the freshman experience at Emory, from demonstrating green technologies to creating a sense of community.
On-campus living is an important part of undergraduate life for many students, but the specific details of that experience vary greatly among college and university campuses. Ayers Saint Gross believes that since each institution is different, the design of residence life facilities must respond accordingly to define and enhance campus culture.
Over the past decade, Ayers Saint Gross has designed more than 10,000 beds for universities and colleges across the country. Through this experience, we have learned that one size does not fit all. Each academic institution is unique and its student residence halls must be tailored to the particular culture of the campus.
The classroom is not the only place where important lessons are taught. Today’s students require a variety of environments where learning can occur through structured , collaborative and informal activities. These spaces can be distributed throughout the campus, from casual outdoor settings to study areas within residence halls.
The residence life experience is a critical component of learning and development for higher education students. Residence hall design offers unique opportunities to facilitate outside the classroom learning, particularly in the area of sustainability.
One trend in our current work is the inclusion of learning spaces, retail and other common amenities in the residence hall ground floor program to serve residents of the neighborhood, as well as the building. In each case, a portion of the ground floor is accessible to other neighborhood or campus residents, while other parts of the ground floor and the upper floors are restricted to building residents.