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Supplemental speaking application deadline: October 31, 2021

A big shift in higher education space planning and capital projects is underway. 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
  • Hybrid workstyles and free-address workspace for faculty and staff
  • The new hybrid-style learning experience
  • Flexibility concepts to accommodate multiple academic programs and facility use
  • Cost effective renovation and renewal of underutilized and outdated space
  • Reduction of capital expenditures 
  • Facility features for campus wellness and health
  • Facility strategies and new spaces that drive institutional revenue growth
  • Public-private development plans and processes
  • High space utilization models and metrics
  • Real-world spaces and settings that enable students to develop ready-to-work skillsets  
  • 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
  • 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


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