Facing rising costs and pressures to reduce attrition in STEM programs, colleges and universities must weigh an understanding of best practices with costs throughout the planning process in order to provide better space that supports improved outcomes. The planning process for a new science building at University of North Carolina at Charlotte balances multidisciplinary instructional and research needs against the strains of exploding campus growth, tight budgets, and a publicly-funded statewide demand for STEM graduates. Clark Nexsen, in association with Payette, is designing the new 117,000 square-foot science building, which will contain a mix of instructional, interdisciplinary research, and collaborative spaces.
Large Mission and Limited Funds: Academic Priorities Drive Facilities Decisions
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
8:30 – 9:30 am
Society of College and University Planners 2018 Southern Region Conference
Clark Nexsen Principal, Kevin Utsey, will moderate a panel consisting of Kathryn Horne, Director of Planning at UNC Charlotte, Donia Schauble, Director of Academic & Research Space at UNC Charlotte, and Annie Hughes, Director of Preconstruction with Balfour Beatty (Construction Manager at Risk on the project) will discuss the process used to provide a mix of instructional and research space (under significant budget pressures in a period of escalating construction costs) while managing the expectations of multiple campus stakeholders.
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