Learn collaborative strategies for designing your STEM facility.
Design a STEM facility using the latest and best practices in facility design for teaching spaces, laboratories, and more. Whether you are adding on to or renovating an existing space or building a brand new facility, this event will help you and your team get on the same page and work toward common goals. Featuring both academic and architectural perspectives, this event will teach you how design a STEM facility that helps:
Included with your registration is the opportunity to tour not one but two STEM facilities. At the University of Denver you will view expanded research and instruction spaces, flexible classrooms, interdisciplinary centers, and community areas in the institution’s engineering and computer science building. As we tour the Colorado School of Mines you will have the chance to view new makerspaces and laboratories on campus.
When renovating or constructing a new facility, sticking to your timeline is easier said than done. Using the University of Denver’s projects as a case study, Mark Rodgers will help you:
Bring your team of STEM faculty, facilities directors, campus and capital planners, academic leadership, project managers, campus architects, sustainability leaders, and chief financial officers. These groups will benefit from a shared conversation on the positive impact that new or renovated STEM facilities can have on the academic mission of your institution.
When two people register, a third can attend for 50% off the registration price.
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Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will be able to use collaborative strategies to incorporate the best and latest in STEM facilities design.
Having explored the hands-on tactics central to engaging students inside the classroom, this session will more directly address those areas outside the classroom that are so critical for maintaining STEM academic momentum. Specific areas of discussion for this conversation include:
Those who have opened a new STEM facility on their campus can tell you that facility design is perhaps half the challenge. Obviously, the laborious process of incorporating stakeholders, actualizing design, and carrying out your project’s punch list complicates the process for even the most thoroughly designed projects.
This post-conference session is designed to help you plan through the necessary steps in this cumbersome process. Our expert facilitator will be on hand to present best practices and discuss pitfalls to avoid throughout your project timeline. Included in this three-hour session will be an opportunity for you to work through key planning considerations, including:
Chris Gordon is Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and serves as the Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and co-director of the Construction Leadership Institute. In his research, Gordon investigates engineering education and automation and innovation in the construction industry. Gordon earned a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and both a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to his doctorate, Gordon’s professional experience includes construction management on projects worldwide between $25 million and $2.5 billion as well as product development for an early-stage start-up software company.
Rick has enjoyed a 32 year career with RFD, a firm specializing exclusively in the programming and design of laboratory facilities for institutional, industry, and governmental clients. Based in San Diego, RFD has consulted on more than 1000 projects in 49 states throughout the U.S. and around the world. Rick’s primary career focus has been on undergraduate STEM facilities for both public and private institutions such as: Aquinas College, Auraria Higher Education Center, California Lutheran University, California School of Mines, Denison University, Eastern Washington University, Kansas State University, Newman University, Metro State University - Denver, Rhodes College, Tennessee Tech University, University of Denver, University of Notre Dame, University of San Diego, University of Virginia, University of Washington – Bothell, University of Wyoming, Valparaiso University, Whitworth University, and six University of California campuses.
Mr. Heinz holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association and Society for College and University Planning.
Rick has presented at more than 60 Science Facility conferences for such organizations as Academic Impressions, Learning Spaces Collaboratory, Project Kaleidoscope, Society for College & University Planning, and Tradeline, Inc.
In his 26 years of practice, Mr. Lewis has been involved with projects across the US and abroad. These include facilities such as the Osborne Center for Science & Engineering at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, the Michael B. Enzi STEM Undergraduate Laboratory Facility at the University of Wyoming, and the Tracy Hall Science Center at Weber State University. John’s current work includes the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science + The Knoebel Center for the Study of Aging at the University of Denver, Johnson Hall at Oregon State University, the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the New Science Building at Tennessee Tech University.
As laboratory consultant, John is responsible for laboratory programming, planning and design, and managing production. He is also in charge of planning, coordinating and supervising the development of Program Drawings and Design Criteria, Design Development and Construction Documents. This includes, but is not limited to, interviewing users in work sessions, interpreting data collected in user meetings, advising the building engineers, and developing project specifications.
Mark is well known for encouraging projects that celebrate and promote the unique strengths of the programs housed and creating warm and inviting spaces with the recent renovation of the Penrose Library (originally built in 1972) into the Anderson Academic Commons that re-opened in March of this year a notable example.
As university architect, Mark's responsibilities range from the initial programming and design to adapting projects years after construction – allowing him to garner a rare understanding of how buildings serve an academic institution for many years beyond completion. Following upon initial design direction, Mark has continued the challenging work of unifying the University Park Campus in a manner that embraces its distinguished history, accounts for the necessity of enduring design, and celebrates an enthusiasm for DU’s future. Mark has enjoyed the roles in architecture from “picking up redlines” and “producing shop drawings” to being deeply involved in the design of every project at the University of Denver over the last two decades.
At Virginia Tech, Jill Sible led an innovative cell biology research program for a decade then, six years ago, moved into university administration to work for the improvement of the undergraduate learning experience. She introduced her campus to the SCALE-UP concept and spearheaded the design and construction of SCALE-UP classrooms and adoption of the associated pedagogy at Virginia Tech. She has led over $9M in sponsored research projects including $5M in STEM education grants. She is currently the lead investigator for projects funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, all of which focus on increasing success, retention and diversity among undergraduate programs in STEM.
Sible is a National Academic of Sciences Education Fellow in the Life Sciences. Her current projects include leading a dramatic revision of Virginia Tech’s general education curriculum to be more integrated, outcomes-oriented and infused with contemporary pedagogy. She has also worked on the vision and programming for Virginia Tech’s new classroom building, scheduled to begin construction this fall. Sible continues to teach courses in cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, and cancer biology and cites the learning experiences she shares with her students as her greatest professional reward.
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The rate is $172 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of June 4, 5 and 6, 2017.
Make your reservations prior to May 14, 207. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.
The Marriott Westminster at Church Ranch is centrally located between Denver and Boulder and provides guests with a world-class choice when visiting our beautiful area. From the hotel, you'll notice the spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and Flatirons.
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“Amazing opportunity to connect, collaborate, and communicate with leading educators and design firms that are impacting 21st century learners through innovative design concepts.”- Errol Wilson, Associate Director of Academic Programs, Florida A&M University
“As a faculty member, seeing all the architectural considerations and costs was very enlightening and will allow us to take a very practical approach to designing our building.”- Dr. Bob Brennan, Associate Professor, University of Central Oklahoma
“The program provided a great overview on the things to consider in STEM planning. The presenters were all polished and did a fantastic job. The tour of Trinity University really pulled everything together. Thanks!”- Kelvin O'Dell, Facilities Planning Director, University of Kentucky
“The conference was great to me and I have learned a lot on how STEM facility design enables/enhances interdisciplinary learning, scientific curiosity, and others.”- Yinfa Ma, Associate Dean, College of Arts, Sciences, and Business,Missouri University of Science and Technology
“The seminar was a good mix of the parties that are required to create a successful project. The mix of voices and concerns becomes the reason the conference works.”- Michael Salsbury, Associate, Ayers Saint Gross Architects
“I enjoyed the interactive structure of the conference. The building tour & table discussions were invaluable.”- Steven Fernaays, Sr. Associate, SWBR Architects
“I was very pleased with the breadth of the experiences of presenters and other attendees. I have a lot to take back with me to use in our upcoming projects.”- Ricardo Delgado, Dean of Sciences, Lindenwood University
“Very informative and engaging! This seminar provided insight from all angles that kept your attention. The instructors were great and helped with transferring their knowledge to you.”- Trever Talavera, Project Manager, Rochester Institute of Technology
“A.I. does a good job of bringing together a panel and group of attendees with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. So that you will always hear and learn a variety of perspectives & knowledge.”- Tori Budgeon-Baker, Senior Project Analyst, R.I.U.T.
“The conference positively brought diverse institutions together; higher-ed, K-12, private A/E to share ideas, lessons learned and pontificate on better implementation of STEM facilities.”- Matthew F. Shingler, Interim Director of Facilities Planning, Design & Construction, Georgia Southern University
“This is a very efficient way to get up to speed in the planning of your next facility.”- Haroun Homayun, University Architect, Georgia Southern University
“A.I. staffed and organized a very helpful and timely conference. A.I. brings together a diverse set of stakeholders who come together and share ideas about a comprehensive set of critical decisions that need to be made during a large capital build project. Participation in this conference increases the breadth and depth of understanding of project design, justification, budget, construction, and completion including pedagogy and academic advocacy and philosophy.”- Larry Buckley, Head of Life Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology
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