Planning and Design


A Capital Idea: Blending Strategy and Opportunity to Manage College Assets

The time has come to examine development partnerships as an opportunity to move forward as the deep recession eases.

college or university and the surrounding community

Creating a Strong Town-Gown Relationship

Cooperation between a college or university and the surrounding community leads to development, jobs, income and success for all. Here's why it matters -- for everyone.

Cost Effective Maintenance

Be Mindful of Maintenance

Cost-effective and efficient maintenance and housekeeping operations begin at the programming and design stages of residence hall construction projects.

Building Blocks

Revitalized structures are a cornerstone of town-gown relations.

Renovation vs Historic Preservation

Renovation vs. Historic Preservation

A sensible balance must be found when deciding how to renovate and repurpose historic campus structures to meet today’s programming needs.

Preserving Architectual Features

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Maintaining a Façade

Keeping historically significant facilities weatherproof and energy-efficient while preserving architectural features takes care and planning.

Collaborative Spaces

Creating Collaborative Space

Collaborative learning involves teamwork, as does the designing of environments in which collaborative learning can thrive. Educational facility design experts know what works - and what doesn't - — when it comes to creating collaborative spaces that allow for multiple uses and accommodate multiple learning styles. When creating collaborative spaces, keep the following in mind.

Changing History

Something old, something new? That may work great in weddings, but how about campus renovations? In constructing new buildings, assuring good indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is a basic consideration. But when it comes to renovating older facilities, special efforts must often be taken to apply modern standards in acoustics, daylighting, thermal comfort, and air quality.



Creating Sustainable Campus Landscapes

While the nonstop, point-grabbing treasure hunt for Silver, Gold, or even Platinum certification has forced architects to get better at designing and creating more efficient structures, everything outside the building envelope has basically remained an afterthought. This narrow approach not only downplays the complex role a project’s site plays in its overall sustainability, it also ignores cultural and contextual considerations that are critically important to campus planning and design. Thankfully, there could be help on the horizon with the long-overdue introduction of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) into the certification game.

Restored and Rehabilitated

The $5.6M Gaillard Hall restoration/rehabilitation marks the final project in a $69.85M, two-phase public/private venture that included six additional new structures and a cadet formation plaza, all designed by LAS. Gaillard Hall and two of the new residential buildings — Patriot Hall and Liberty Hall — are organized around the formation plaza to create a military education precinct in the heart of the campus of what is now the University of North Georgia. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the University is one of only six senior military colleges in the U.S.

Impact on Learning

Every decision we make has an impact on learning. We can guarantee that our students will have safe, secure, and nurturing places in which to learn by making informed decisions based on more than lowest cost. If you don’t have funding to do it all … add to the plus column by improving your educational environments one piece at a time.

Has interest in sustainability initiatives—from alternative energy and water conservation to “green” landscaping, recycling, fossil-fuel divestment, local sourcing, and more—waned on your campus?


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