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.
Tilt panel erection at Nease High School in Ponte Verda Florida

Tilt panel erection by Barton Malow at Nease High School in Ponte Verda, Fla. Photo: Steve Cowdery.

September 07, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction Co., The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., and Barton Malow top BD+C’s...

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An interior collaboration space at the Pagiluca Harvard Life Lab

The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, Allston, Mass., is the newest component of Harvard University’s growing innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Harvard students, faculty, and alumni interested in biotech, pharma, and other life sciences now have access to a fully equipped wet lab and support resources they need to take their ventures to the next stage of development. Photo: Robert Benson.

September 07, 2017 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

Today’s multi-functional buildings support a diverse range of academic programs, with transparent...

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Lighting hanging from a double-height lobby space in the Rohrer College of Business facility

Photo: Halkin Mason, Courtesy KSS Architects.

September 05, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Designed by KSS Architects and Goody Clancy, the new facility opened prior to the fall 2017 schoo...

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A common area located in The Ruckus Lofts

Photo courtesy Motivado Group.

September 01, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Ruckus Lofts provide 46 furnished units and 165 beds for UT students.

The plinth-like extension and renovated library building

Photo: © Dennis Gilbert.

August 30, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The original building was updated and given a new extension and landscaping.

The exterior of the new Recreation and Student Center

Photo: St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

August 28, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The $50 million building adds over 193,000 sf of space to the campus.

An exterior promenade connects the dining hall to three residence halls on the Core Campus. Image: Jonathan Hilyer

August 25, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new dining hall is part of the school’s ongoing efforts to maintain its standing among the co...

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 One of the corridors with student meeting space in the new Health Education Building

Photo courtesy of KUMC

August 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building was designed to enhance the medical campus’ existing facilities, curriculum, and cla...

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The exterior of the new School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University

Courtesy of Montclair State University.

August 03, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

CannonDesign designed the facility, which features a 197-seat presentation hall and various contr...

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July 10, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project received a Wood Innovation Grant that will help spur construction of the Hastings + C...

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Rendering courtesy of Centerbrook Architects

June 29, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will total about 47,000 sf of new construction and renovations.

Rendering courtesy Collegiate AC

June 21, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The luxury student accommodations will be Collegiate’s first outside of the U.K.

The new residential commons building has been designed with the specific purpose of opening up to the surrounding neighborhood. Tom Harris Photography.

June 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Gold Award: The University of Chicago’s new Residential Commons is part campus, part community....

The robotics labs at the 71,000-sf John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation, on the Providence, R.I., campus of Johnson & Wales University. This STEM building provides teaching labs and support spaces for engineering, biology, physics, chemistry, and organic chemistry. Photo courtesy John Horner. 

June 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Preparing students for life after graduation has become the primary motivator behind construction...

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May 05, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

How can public institutions expect to survive and thrive in Illinois' turbulent environment? The...

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Rendering courtesy of Wight & Company.

April 28, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The design of the center is meant to pay tribute to the university’s heritage in aviation and aer...

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Photo: © Albert Vecerka / Esto

April 26, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building brings the architecture, landscape architecture, and building technology departments...

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| 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.

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