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Michael J. Reagan

Vice President

Stantec Inc.

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Michael Reagan is a Principal at Burt Hill, a 500 person architectural and engineering firm with offices in Boston, MA, Butler, PA, Cleveland, OH, Dubai, AE, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Washington, DC. Mr. Reagan has been practicing architecture since 1979 and specializes in programming, planning, and managing technically challenging and innovative projects. His career has particularly focused on academic and institutional teaching and research facilities for the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology. His experience has included science teaching and research facilities at Allegheny College, Augustana College, Beloit College, Boston College, Bowdoin College, Bryn Mawr College, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Gettysburg College, Haverford College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Illinois College, Kenyon College, Lafayette College, Lawrence University, Millikin University, Ursinus College and Western Reserve Academy. His experience also includes projects for Cornell University, Florida State University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Miami University, Stanford University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina Asheville, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Many of these projects include innovative teaching and research facilities that serve specific pedagogical goals.

Prior to joining Burt Hill, Mr. Reagan’s professional career has included positions with CRS Architects Houston, TX (1979 – 1980), Ellenzweig Associates, Cambridge, MA (1980 – 2000), and Westlake Reed Leskosky Architects, Cleveland, OH (2000 – 2002). Mr. Reagan has previously served as a member of the National Academy of Science National Research Council Committee on Design, Construction, and Renovation of Laboratory Facilities and was named a member of the Project Kaleidoscope Steering Committee for Facility Workshops in 1992. Mr. Reagan regularly serves as a PKAL consultant for science facility planning and regularly speaks at Tradeline Conferences Series on science and technology teaching and research facility planning and design.

Mr. Reagan received a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University, Ohio and completed advanced studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England.

Flexibility, Versatility, and Adaptability
Constructing science buildings is expensive, typically representing the highest cost per square foot on campus. Determining the optimal design for a new undergraduate science building is paramount because the opportunity occurs only once every 50 to 100 years on today’s smaller college campuses. The resulting building must support today’s needs and adapt to tomorrow’s advances in technology, the latest in pedagogical theory, and potential changes in use.
Linking Planning of New Spaces for Science to Institutional/Long-range Planning
A successful science construction project requires a clear conceptual framework that fits in with the objectives of the planning for the institution as a whole. This session will focus on the questions that need to be asked at the earliest stages of planning and the processes that need to be put in place to develop the answers to those questions. The perspectives of the institution, the faculty, and the architect will be discussed.
STEM Snapshots
Science facilities today are being transformed in response to changes in educational pedagogy, increasingly driven by student demand for interdisciplinary activity. Young scholars approach higher education from problem-solving and new conceptual perspectives, creating demand for multiple majors and minors, joint-degree programs and new interdisciplinary fields of study. As architects we are finding ways to increase flexibility to meet these curricular challenges as well as to advocate for building solutions that can be learning laboratories for sustainable practices across all disciplines. Using planning principles developed through Project Kaleidoscope, architects, faculty and administration work together to create spaces and curriculum that will engage the student in science through hands on, lab rich, experiential learning.
Breakout Session I-A
Harrisburg University, Burt Hill
Spaces that facilitate interdisciplinary learning in the undergraduate STEM settings
Margaret DeBolt, Charles Kirby, and Michael Reagan
Snapshots of 21st Century Learning Spaces
An exploration of existing spaces presented in the context of insights into how people learn.
Breakout Session II-A
Cornell University, Burt Hill
Breakout IB: Renovations, Additions & New Construction
Reporting Out
Breakout IIB: Classrooms
Reporting Out