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Dynamic Planning Leads to Expanded Growth on Major Campuses #umiami Symposium 9/18

Dynamic Planning Leads to Expanded Growth on Major Campuses #umiami Symposium 9/18 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Recovering from recent economic challenges, three major institutions in the southern region of Florida are creating and implementing dynamic plans for the future that will be the catalyst to both expanded growth on the campuses and increased quality as they strive to meet the growing expectations of students and the changing face of higher education. The University of Miami is expanding, replacing, and renovating all of its existing housing stock through a carefully sequenced nine-year plan. The University of South Florida in Tampa is anticipating the use of a public-private partnership structure for a large scale mixed-use development including more than 2,000 student housing beds.  Florida International University is among the top 10 in national enrollment and number 1 nationally in graduating Hispanic students and has recently opened new student housing on that campus. 


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Executing Campus Master Plans in Times of Shrinking Resources

Executing Campus Master Plans in Times of Shrinking Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Winston-Salem State University is hosting a one-day symposium that will look at how colleges and universities are implementing their master plans. Faced with sporadic enrollment growth, dwindling resources, and increased pressure for efficiency, campuses are realizing a different set of challenges. This timely and intriguing discussion will consider how higher education institutions across the Carolinas are rethinking their priorities and potential funding sources. While some universities have seen little or no growth, others continue to experience increased enrollments. Hear how the shift to focus more on renovation projects may be required to meet the need for quality academic space."

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May 20, 2014: Learn how higher education institutions across the Carolinas are rethinking their priorities and potential funding sources.

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The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning

The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.
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SCUP member and author Gregory Janks provides heft to this Building Design & Construction article, which includes a nice Brown University mini-case study, with data maps. He says: “What we’re trying to promote is more isn’t necessarily better; better is better.”


Janks is author of of the SCUP booklet, Kings of Infinite Space: How to Make Space Planning for Colleges and Universities Useful Given Constrained Resources, and co-author of a recent article in Planning for Higher Education titled "New Metrics for the New NormalRethinking Space Utilization Within the University System in Georgia."


SCUP members can look forward to a follow-up article to "New Metrics": "Formula’s End: The University System of Georgia's Space Data and What it Means," to be published shortly in Planning for Higher Education.


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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . positive thing for a down and out city . . . sets a precedent of collaboration beyond the boards . . . commendable . . .”

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This project is at Wayne State University, in Detroit. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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Canadian Campus Visionary Ron Thom | Trent University, the Whole Campus as Art

Canadian Campus Visionary Ron Thom | Trent University, the Whole Campus as Art | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Ontario — When Ron Thom was commissioned to design a university in Peterborough 50 years ago, his unique artistic approach set him apart from his Canadian peers – and hasn’t been topped since. Monocle takes a tour around campus.
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It’s an artful blend. 'As you walk through Trent’s campus, you feel like you’ve crept through a hole in the universe where some benevolent dictator has mandated that all architecture should be rendered as art' This is perhaps no coincidence. [nc]

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What's next for Rutgers' 700 buildings and 6K acres of land? University develops master plan

What's next for Rutgers' 700 buildings and 6K acres of land? University develops master plan | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Rutgers' engineering school has developed a tool, called "The Swarm," that tracks students as they move across the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses on a typical day. The tool - which uses class schedules and housing assignments to predict where students travel on campus during the course of a day -- will show campus officials where students congregate and how the campus bus system is used.


"You can see how they aggregate, what different tracks they take, what are the hot spots by the hours of the day, what buses are they on," Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. "The patterns that come out of this are very interesting."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

SCUPer Antonio Calcado is the driving force in this planning, which is about much more than just timing and transportation.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for New Campus, Honor Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for New Campus, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “To be able to pull this off in a contemporary language in the desert is pretty amazing . . . both symbolic image and environmen­tally derived, integrated and aesthetically pure . . .”

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This project is at Universidade Agostinho Neto (UAN), in Angola. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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