Facilities Workshop

2007 Fall Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Science, Engineering & Mathematics Workshop

November 30 - December 2, 2007

Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Science, Engineering & Mathematics Workshop
Mission Inn Resort
Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida (- near Orlando)
November 30 - December 2, 2007

As with past PKAL facilities workshops, this event is planned as a forum for academic leaders contemplating facilities renewal on their campus. Participants will examine the relationship between space and program and explore how new directions in science and technology call for new kinds of spaces for the learning and practice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Institutional teams are desired, with faculty from involved departments and administrators with responsibility for budget, facilities, information technologies, and other offices whose decisions affect the quality of new spaces. They will learn from and work with architects and with academics with recent experience in facilities planning; the objective is to work through the weekend to shape an action agenda for planning new spaces for science that will serve their institution with distinction over the long-term.

In plenary and break-out sessions, participating teams will consider some of the driving issues currently facing science faculty, their administrative colleagues, and design professionals in planning the STEM facility of the future.

Research— how to design spaces that:

  • accommodate the continuing evolution of science, particularly the interdisciplinary collaboration that is becoming commonplace, which calls for new kinds of research clusters, for support infrastructure with minimal fixed physical elements, for communal social spaces for the serendipitous exchange of ideas; spaces that allow for such collaborations while maintaining traditional disciplinary groups as necessary
  • facilitate the integration of research and education at the undergraduate level, and the building of a research community
  • support the use of the sophisticated instrumentation required to do 21st century science, and the technologies that enable research communities to work, 24/7, with colleagues around the world.

Pedagogies— how to design spaces that:

  • accommodate introductory courses designed around contemporary "inquiry-based" pedagogies
  • reflect contemporary research in cognitive science- how students learn and how faculty teach
  • allow the collaborative, problem-solving group work that characterizes the strong undergraduate STEM program of today
  • enable teachers to make the most effective use of information technologies to strengthen student learning.

Institutional issues— how to design a facility that:

  • incorporates sustainability in its concept, sitting, orientation, design, construction and operation, that results in cost-effectiveness over the long-term, and that is itself a laboratory for science
  • does not become obsolete as new directions in science and technology (and/or new pedagogies) emerge, but is rather itself a catalyst for continual renewal of program
  • is a welcoming destination for members of their campus community, a place for recognizing and celebrating the role of science and technology in our world today
  • signals the value that the college or university places on research, learning and teaching in STEM fields.

Several recently completed STEM projects will be spotlighted.

Workshop Presenters and Facilitators

Anthony P. Alfieri, Senior Associate-Perkins+Will
Judith A. Dilts, Associate Dean of the College of Science & Mathematics & Interim Head of Biology-James Madison University
Kip Ellis, Principal-Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering
Terence M. Farrell, Professor of Biology-Stetson University
Louise Hainline, Dean for Research & Graduate Studies-CUNY-Brooklyn College
Mark Hartmann, Architect-Harley Ellis Devereaux
Marianne Jordan, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations-Bowdoin College
Arthur J. Lidsky, President-Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates, Inc.
Bradford Lister, Professor of Biology & Director of Anderson Center for Innovation in Undergraduate Education-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Becky McDuffie, Laboratory Planner-Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture
Jeanne L. Narum, Director-Project Kaleidoscope
Michael J. Reagan, Principal-Burt Hill
John Starr, Principal-Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture
Leonard W. ter Haar, Director of School of Science & Engineering-University of West Florida
Sean E. Towne, Principal-Research Facilities Design

2007 Florida Facilities Notebook
Interview: Betsy Curtler, Charles Kirby, Andrew Newcomb
Science Matters: The University of Richmond Story
Interview: Walter Chromiak and Dusty Rhoads
Planning Spaces for Science: Dickinson College