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Deadline to submit Supplemental Speaking Applications: March 5th, 2021

Note: The rescheduling of this event presents a unique opportunity to join the speaking team for an already-published conference program. Additional space has been obtained to further expand the speaking opportunites and additional topics that are high priority for post-pandemic higher education. Click here to see the current session lineup. If you are already scheduled to speak, no need to reapply.

This is Tradeline's 3rd conference on higher education space planning and capital projects.

New academic priorities are shaping space planning initiatives and facility plans for a very different higher education future. 

Campus space and facility planning decisions must now incorporate new demands for improved space utilization, reduced costs, increased revenues, shared resources, expanded flexibility, improved recruitment, and new avenues for financing and funding of capital projects. This requires a shift in thinking toward buildings, spaces, and assets that generate revenue and add long-term institutional value for multiple parties with shared interests.

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at this conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, and/or solutions using one or more of the planning priorities and space types below, or your own creative new concepts that address the priority issues as identified in Tradeline surveys.

New planning models and decision-making

  • Space planning and management considerations post-COVID-19
  • Impacts of the pandemic on higher education and the learning experience
  • Flexibility concepts to accommodate multiple academic programs and facility use
  • Facility strategies and new spaces that drive institutional revenue growth
  • Reduction of capital expenditures
  • Cost effective renovation and renewal of underutilized and outdated space  
  • Facility features for campus wellness and health
  • Public-private development plans and processes
  • High space utilization models and metrics
  • Facility and space strategies for changing student demographics 
  • Physical consolidation/centralization plans for academic programs and/or campuses
  • Facility investments for student experience and student engagement
  • Facility plans and features that improve recruitment and enrollment
  • Accommodating new program and space demands without physical expansion
  • Strategies for educational space: New learning environments, multiple modalities, technology
  • Space and features that support innovation and entrepreneurship  
  • Plans and features that engage and integrate the campus and public communities
  • Interconnected, responsive building technology (IoT, maintenance, energy, security)
  • Sustainability, net-zero energy and carbon neutrality
  • Master planning strategies for program location and utilization of facilities and campus space

Types of space:

  • Academic offices and the “new academic workplace” 
  • Educational facilities 
  • Innovation hubs that support discovery, creativity, team building, and entrepreneurship 
  • eSports: Adjacencies, technology, infrastructure
  • Reinvented libraries as modern community informational commons
  • Social hubs, communal space, and campus destination space
  • Maker culture: Innovation, design, and prototyping spaces
  • Combined living-learning facilities
  • STEM facilities
  • Hybrid facility designs for mixed/shared use and shared funding
  • Space and features for industry partnerships and commercialization


  1. View the Past Participants list to see a sample of the institutions and job titles that will be participating.
  2. Consider the audience top issues above and plan how to address those with your presentation.
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Terms of Participation

If you are from an owner/end-user's organization and your application for a 25-minute general-session report is accepted, your registration fees are complimentary and travel reimbursement may be available. General-session reports are limited to owner/end-user representatives (maximum two speakers).

Terms of Participation

If you are from an A/E/C, Consultant, Vendor, or Service Provider:

  • The speaking application process is competitive. Tradeline selects the topics that best meet the audience priorities.
  • If your application is selected there will be a sponsorship fee to secure the speaking spot: 
    ​$6,700 if Tradeline selects the topic to be presented twice (once on each day of the conference)
    $4,700 if selected for a one-time presentation
    (Breakout sessions are presented concurrently, so presenting twice allows participants two opportunities to attend, typically leading to a larger total audience.)
  • In addition you will need to register each speaker at the discounted rate of $1,800 per speaker (minimum one speaker and maximum three speakers).
Post-Conference Publication
Tradeline plans to record and publish select conference presentations in audio + PowerPoint webcast format to an audience beyond the in-person conference attendees. A draft will be provided to you for approval prior to publishing. Please indicate your interest below.
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