- About PKAL
2006 Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Science & Mathematics - Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina
March 3 - 5, 2006
The Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Facilities Planning workshop at Meredith College incorporates the set of standard topics addressed in the more than thirty such workshops since 1992, including:
- THE PEOPLE: who needs to be at the table; the roles and responsibilities of the president, the faculty “shepherd,” faculty at different career stages, physical plant officers, students, as well as design professionals with expertise in campus planning, lab and classroom design, construction, etc.
- THE PROCESS: how to achieve a facility that enhances institutional distinction, by using “community-building” as both a means and an end to the process; by linking to institutional mission and priorities; how to keep the process and project on target; etc.
- NUTS & BOLTS: questions about renovation vs. new construction; about adjacencies of offices and labs for faculty and student researchers; etc.
Some new 21st century challenges in planning 21st century science facilities will be emphasized to a greater degree than in the past:
- SUSTAINABILITY: with an optional pre-workshop tour of new and renovated facilities, recognized as significantly sustainable, at nearby North Carolina State University, and a break-out session to continue these discussions more formally
- PEDAGOGIES: accommodating 21st century pedagogies—problem-based learning and others in spaces that reflect attention to research on how people learn; there will be a brief reprise of the PKAL Colloquium in early October on institutional transformation based on finds in contemporary cognitive science
- INTERDISCIPLINARY: From Bio2010 to recent reports from the National Academies of Science, the call is for bridging and/or dissolving boundaries between traditional disciplines, a call for action that adds a new and complicating dimension to the process of planning new facilities (including who needs to be at the table when).
In addition to hosts at Meredith College, an experienced set of facilitators has been invited. They will take individual and collective responsibility for the sessions listed in the agenda, serve as formal consultants for teams from individual campuses, and be available for informal advice and counsel. Academic facilitators have experience from the office of the dean, the role as faculty “shepherd,” and as the institutional planner coordinating search for external support. Design professionals come from the construction community, and include both architects and lab designers.
Each participating team will be assigned a set of consultants to work with during the weekend, with the goal to arrive at an agenda for action by Sunday morning that fits well into their vision for the future of sciences on its home campus.