University Buildings

Not only are the world’s youth educated in these buildings, but much of the globe’s most ground-breaking research takes place here. Requirements for housing students are more expansive than ever, but need to be balanced with the university’s real purpose: the pursuit of knowledge. Great design can inspire that pursuit.
| April 17, 2017 | Rockfon

The University of Toronto’s $52.5 million, 126,788-square-foot Environmental Science & Chemis...

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Photo courtesy Portland State University

March 28, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A total of seven InFocus Mondopads were used in the room to accommodate large group work and indi...

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Courtesy HOK

March 14, 2017 | BD+C Staff

The 142,500-sf facility, which opened just three weeks after Clemson’s national championship win...

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USC Village, a six-building, 1.25-million-sf expansion of the University of Southern California's University Park campus, will be ready for occpancy this fall. The project took 12 years from conception to completion. Image: USC

March 08, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Prefabrication of the six buildings’ walls reduced construction time by a year. 

A rendering of the 42,500-sf, $29 million Innovation and Discovery Center at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., which broke ground last October. Kinsley Construction is the GC on the project, designed by Ellenzweig. Last year, spending on education construction spending rose nationally by 6.5% to $88.9 billion. And a new survey of preK-12 school districts and colleges finds strong construction and renovation activities underway this year. The Ursinus project should be completed in time for the fall 2018 semester. Image: Ellenzweig

February 26, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Surveys of school districts and colleges, though, raise questions about financing for future proj...

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Rendering courtesy of BIG

January 10, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 70,000-sf building was developed in collaboration with Boston-based Goody Clancy.

Park West, a 3,400-plus bed student housing complex at Texas A&M, is the university system's fifth public-private parternship in the county. Image: Weitz Company, courtesy of Servitas

January 09, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Developers hope the early opening of some units sets the tone for the community and future rental...

Rendering courtesy of Bing Thom Architects

December 05, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The new facility will be named for University Trustee, Francis Yuen, and his wife Rose Wai Man Le...

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Rendering courtesy of Kirksey.

November 18, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Kirksey Architecture designed the building that ‘will serve as a landmark for SFA.’

The 450,000-sf Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which opens officially next spring, is the centerpiece of Columbia University's 17-acre, $6.3 billion Manhattanville campus in New York. This campus's design and programming emphasize the university's connection to the surrounding neighborhood.  Image: BD+C

October 25, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Transparency to the surrounding community played a big role in the campus’s design.

Spending on Construction Put in Place has almost completely recovered from the hit it took during the recession. But spending in the Education sector continues to be well below its latest peak. Image: JLL 

October 23, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Post-recession slump suggests a settling in at a “normal” level similar to the mid aughts.

To accommodate rises in its national stature and enrollment, UC Merced has embarked on an ambitious four-year expansion program that will add new academic, housing, and student-life facilities to its enlarged campus. Image: University of California, Merced

October 19, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its growth strategy includes adding 1.2 million sf of space for teaching, housing, and research. ...

Courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

October 12, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building replaces the previous Hancher, which was irreparably damaged in the 2008 flood.

Courtesy of BNIM

October 11, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building was a collaborative effort between BNIM and Steven Holl Architects and marks the six...

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Seven buildings are part of the University of Kentucky Residential Revival project, once complete they all are seeking LEED certification.

| October 03, 2016 | Trim-Tex

Residential spaces that need to meet high traffic demands while accommodating an ever-changing po...

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A simple system for versatile architectural forms

| September 29, 2016 | ALPOLIC

The largest building on campus, it was designed by ...

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The Campus North Residential Commons, located at the north edge of the University of Chicago's campus in the Windy City's Hyde Park section, is meant to create a “gateway” for students and the community alike. Image: Tom Harris Photography/courtesy of the University of Chicago

September 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Abundant common spaces give students more chances to interact.

Rendering courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. via ArchDaily

August 16, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The arts center will foster creativity for making and presenting works across all disciplines

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A dramatic, three-story wood sculpture of North Carolina State University’s wolf mascot highlights the central atrium of the school’s $120 million Talley Student Union in Raleigh, N.C. On the Building Team: Duda Paine Architects (design architect), Cooper Carry (interior architect), Stewart, Inc. (SE), Stanford White (MEP), Kimley-Horn & Associates (CE), and Rodgers Builders/Russell/Dayeco (joint CM). Photo courtesy of Rodgers Builders.

August 10, 2016 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

Budget constraints are compelling some public institutions to pursue alternative methods of finan...

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UW Health at The American Center, Madison, Wis. Photo: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing 2015, courtesy Flad Architects.

August 09, 2016 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Jacobs top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking o...

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Westcott Building Auditorium at Florida State University. Photo: Pixabay

August 09, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction Co., The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co, and Skanska USA top Building Design+C...

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Talley Student Union, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. Duda Paine Architects (design architect), Cooper Carry (interior architect), Stewart, Inc. (SE), Stanford White (MEP), Kimley-Horn & Associates (CE), and Rodgers Builders/Russell/Dayeco (joint CM). Photo courtesy of Rodgers Builders. 

August 09, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Perkins+Will, and CannonDesign top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the...

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UC Merced's campus will greatly expand over the next four years, as the state's Board of Regents has approved a design and construction plan that would allow the 11-year-old university to increase its enrollment by nearly 50%. Image: Courtesy UC Merced

July 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The state’s Board of Regents has approved a $1.34 billion plan that would add nearly 1.2 million...

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Drexel's Korman Center. Renderings courtesy Gluckman Tang Architects. Click here to enlarge.

June 13, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A large screen sets a living room vibe for the Philadelphia academic building. Plans call for 9,0...

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Rand Hall, a three-story student center and dining area at the center of the Vanderbilt University campus. Photo: Bob Schatz. Click here to enlarge.

June 13, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Virtual learning rooms, gaming stations, and self-check-out kiosks are among the perks—and necess...

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Form4 designs curved roofs for Stanford tech park

Innovation Curve Technology Park in Palo Alto, Calif. Renderings courtesy Form4 Architecture. Click here to enlarge.

June 10, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Fabricated of painted recycled aluminum, the wavy roofs at the Innovation Curve campus will symbo...

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Gonzaga's new student center is bustling social hub

The new John J. Hemmingson Center’s “main street” features several dining options, including a Starbucks. Photo: Christian Columbres. Click here to enlarge.

May 31, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Retail mall features, comfortable furniture, and floor-to-ceiling glass add vibrancy to the new J...

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U. of Chicago approves Diller Scofidio + Renfro design for new campus building

The University of Chicago's David M. Rubenstein Forum. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Click here to enlarge.

May 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

With a two-story base and 165-foot tower, the Rubenstein Forum will have room for informal meetin...

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SmithGroupJJR’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Building wins Lab of the Year award

The New Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Photo courtesy SmithGroupJJR. Click here to enlarge.

 

April 27, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Sustainable features like chilled beams and solar screens help the University of Illinois researc...

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New University of Calgary research center features reconfigurable “spine”

The atrium of the Taylor Institute. Image courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects. Click here for larger view.

April 25, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The heart of the Taylor Institute can be anything from a teaching lab to a 400-seat theater.

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