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BD+C Higher Education Trends Report Features ARC Projects & Perspectives

08.03.17 / BY ARC

The robotics lab at the 71,000-sf John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation, on the campus of Johnson & Wales University.

A FEATURE STORY ON TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION in Building Design and Construction magazine examines how university clients are adapting to meet the changing needs of career-minded students. The June 2017 feature, titled ‘Building for the Future,’ quotes ARC Principal Rob Quigley and includes recent ARC university projects as examples of the campus adaptation trend.

“Preparing students for life after graduation has become the primary motivator behind construction initiatives at U.S. colleges and universities,” reports BD+C Senior Editor John Caulfield. “College curriculums that focus on the professions with the most fertile employment opportunities are also shaping institutions’ construction and renovation strategies,” he wrote.

A recent example cited in the BD+C report is the John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation at Johnson & Wales, an ARC design that opened last August in Providence, R.I. The 71,000-sf STEM building provides teaching labs, classrooms, and collaboration spaces for engineering, graphic arts, biology, physics, chemistry, and computer science. It features a street-level makerspace equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, and computers where student projects are visible from the street.

Students in Johnson & Wales University’s street-level makerspace. 

Rob Quigley is quoted on the new investments by university administrators at Johnson & Wales and other schools in science facilities designed to provide an advantage for non-science majors. “Science is being integrated into schools that traditionally weren’t science oriented,” he said. “To help prepare students for careers in a science-and-technology-dominated economy, science is evolving from an elective to a prerequisite.”

Also mentioned in the BD+C trends report is the need for “building designs that stimulate collaboration and socialization” on campus. ARC’s design for Jennison Hall at Bentley University is cited as an example of this trend. The Bentley renovation and addition fosters team learning and collaboration throughout. The new 85,000-sf space, opened in January of 2017, also provides science labs and technology spaces to enrich the learning experience of business majors at Bentley.

Team learning and collaboration space in the renovated Jennison Hall at Bentley University

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