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Richard M. Heinz

Principal & Vice President

Research Facilities Design

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Richard Heinz is a Principal of Research Facilities Design, specializing exclusively in the programming and design of laboratory facilities for institutional, industry, and governmental clients. Based in San Diego, RFD has consulted on over 1000 projects in 46 states throughout the U.S.

Rick’s career has been focused on academic science facilities for such private institutions as: Agnes Scott College, Birmingham Southern College, Calvin College, Claremont Colleges, Colgate University, Denison University, Eckerd College, Grinnell College, Hendrix College, Hope College, John Carroll University, Luther College, Mount Union College, Occidental College, Seattle Pacific University, Spelman College, St. Edward’s University, University of Dubuque, University of Notre Dame, University of Puget Sound, and University of San Diego. His public institution experience includes projects for: Iowa State University, University of Northern Colorado, University of Southern Colorado, Arizona State University, University of Missouri, Valdosta State University, Kansas State University, University of Iowa, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Montana State University, New Mexico State University, University of Virginia - Wise, numerous community colleges and six of the University of California campuses.

Mr. Heinz holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, American Biological Safety Association, and Society for College and University Planning.

Rick has been a regular participant as Workshop leader at twenty PKAL Facilities Workshops since 1992, the 2002 PKAL Summer Institute, the 2003 PKAL Facility of the Future Roundtable at Cranbrook, and the 2005 PKAL National Colloquium in Kansas City.

Facilities for the research-rich learning environment
Where do you start in thinking about 21st century spaces for 21st century learning communities? First is the diversity of demands on the spaces: expected to play a role in attracting and sustaining the interest of students in STEM fields; expected to be easy to use, manage and maintain over the long-term; able to accommodate with ease students with different learning styles and career aspirations, as well as emerging technologies and contemporary pedagogies; and finally—expected to enhance institutional distinction over the long-term. To make this happen, planners need to think about concepts such as collaboration, celebration and community. From his perspective as a lab designer, Rick Heinz offers ideas about options and opportunities in the process of planning new spaces for science.
Design of Laboratories
Rick Heinz explores emerging trends in undergraduate spaces for science in this presentation delivered at the 2001 PKAL Facilities Planning Workshop at Ursinus College.
Designing spaces that accommodate the technologies that are transforming the learning environment
Gabriele and Heinz explain the issues, process, and benefits of creating studio classrooms at RPI. Eliminating long lectures and focusing on student discovery, studio classrooms provide the opportunity for hands-on activities, multi-media learning, and interaction between students and faculty, and ultitmately, increase the excitement for learning for the student and instructor.
Laboratories for 21st Century Students, Science & Technology
Laboratories for 21st Century Students, Science & Technology
Considering Alternatives for 21st Century Laboratories for Undergraduate Science
Facilities for undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics have been changing dramatically in response to evolution of programs in these disciplines. The changes are being seen in new facility types and features, as well as in laboratory design. In this session, you will see a presentation on the latest trends in undergraduate sciences facilities, hear how changing pedagogies are impacting laboratory sizes and layouts for biology, chemistry and physics, and see alternative building fl oor plans that support various strategies for encouraging interdisciplinary interaction and collaborative learning. Th e challenges of renovating or expanding existing Sputnik-era science buildings will also be explored.
Sample Project Budget
From a breakout session on budgets, a sample project budget with some real-world numbers.
Plenary IV: Alternatives for Lab Design
Reporting Out
Breakout IIID: Flexibility & Adaptability
Reporting Out
Plenary Session V: Presentation I
How Can Future STEM Learning Communities Reflect The Future STEM Communities of Practice? Richard M. Heinz, Crit Stuart, Douglas Weldon
Jigsaw Reports
Each jigsaw group presents key issues that touch on its particular topic as it relates to "learning theory." The intent is to explore further how increased knowledge of learning theory can lead to informed decisions and actions about pedagogies, faculty, institutional policies and practices, and facilities— that achieve meaningful change sustained over the long-term.
Introducing the Issues of Making Renovations to Classrooms and Laboratories
Richard M. Heinz of Research Facilities Design (RFD) spoke at the PKAL 2002 Summer Institute on issues raised before, during and after the renovation of laboratory spaces. Morningside College and the Walker Science Center are featured in this presentation.