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10 x 10 Wisconsin: Building Spaces for Science That Make a Difference- Lawrence University
September 12 - 14, 2003
This Appleton assembly is one in a long series of facilities planning activities sponsored by PKAL, which includes workshops (assemblies), publications, and roundtables. Meetings, such as this in Appleton, are designed so participating teams work with experienced academics and design professionals to arrive at an agenda for action that guides their campus-community in the years that this planning requires. Materials from the meeting at Drury University in April 2003 suggest the scope of sessions to be presented in Appleton. Both facilities to be featured-- at Lawrence University and at the University of Wisconsin-- Fox Valley-- benefited from participation in earlier PKAL facilities planning workshops.
Another primary activity has been the preparation and dissemination of materials on facilities planning, including PKAL Volume III which has been a resource for institutional teams and design professionals around the country since its publication in 1995.
Given the new opportunities facing leaders challenged with planning new spaces for science, PKAL convened a Roundtable on the Undergraduate STEM Facility of the Future. The proceedings from that Roundtable are guiding the design of sessions for the Appleton discussions, particularly as they reveal the out-of-the box thinking that can occur when a group of experts converge on shaping a hypothetical building, with no holds-barred. Although the Appleton discussions will be more practical, the intent is to guide participants to anticipate and realize spaces that serve the future well.