College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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PHOTO COURTESY OF HASTINGS+CHIVETTA ARCHITECTS, INC. LIBRARIES AXE THE STACKS DYNAMIC LEARNING HUBS AHH… THE COLLEGE LIBRARY… quiet halls filled with stacks of books, dowager librarian shushing you over her bifocals; that will never change, right? Wrong! Today's libraries are dynamic hubs for education, with group learning spaces; student success centers; cafés; small, quiet study nooks; test-taking rooms; and staff offices. And the books? "More and more they are stored remotely in TODAY'S LIBRARIES high-density stacks," says ARE DYNAMIC HUBS FOR EDUCATION, WITH Michael Prifti, GROUP LEARNING SPAC- principal, BLT ES; STUDENT SUCCESS Architects, CENTERS; CAFÉS; SMALL, "and accessed by the QUIET STUDY NOOKS; library staff only." TEST-TAKING ROOMS; So what AND STAFF OFFICES. is a "student success center?" "It's tutoring space," answers Prifti. "Usually there is a separate entrance for student privacy and the tutoring space can be small, for one-one-one interaction or larger for group work." These tutoring spaces used to be scattered around campus as an afterthought. "Students would queue up in the hall waiting to see a tutor or make do in an empty classroom, and it really wasn't set up for success," he continues. Centralizing the function makes it easier for staff and students, but what does it mean for the librarian? "Well, there are now a wide variety of stakeholders involved in building a library," Prifti admits. "What used to belong to the librarian is now bigger. It can be hard to come to a common vision." 16 SUSTAINABILITY PHOTO COURTESY OF PERKINS+WILL WE'RE ALL ON THE GREEN TEAM ENGAGING STUDENTS "BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY responsible is no longer a chore or a fad, but a moral choice," says Vuk Vujovic, director of sustainable design, Legat Architects, Inc. "And clients that were once clueless about sustainability are now asking very educated, challenging questions." So now that "green" is engrained in our consciousness, what can we expect in the coming months? "I think that our community colleges are on the front line of sustainability," says Vujovic. "They train our future workers, and those students are going to bring an immediate impact to businesses and services. On the other side, just Google 'MBA with a sustainable focus' and you will see that sustainability will come from the top down as well." Buildings themselves are becoming living, breathing, teaching tools on the green front. "The physical environment is a great opportunity to explain sustainability," says Mattson. "Buildings have energy-use dashboards so occupants can see in real time what they are consuming. We are leaving systems exposed so students can understand what it takes to run a building, and operable windows have a red light/green light monitor so people know when to open them and when to close them. At night the windows open themselves to flush the building." Undergraduates are embracing sustainable living environments. "Students have taken a lifestyle survey as they move into COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 a residence hall that we have designed to achieve LEED Silver certification," says Eric Moss, principal and director of student life, Ayers Saint Gross. "They take it again after living in the hall for two semesters, and we can see from the survey results that the building has taught them more sustainable habits. These lessons will follow them for the rest of their lives." Not content to just get any old LEED certification, more and more schools are pushing toward LEED Platinum. And they are spreading their enthusiasm from gown to town. "I predict that in the next 12 months, schools with step outside the campus and into the community with their green initiatives," says Vujovic. "We just completed an urban campus that had a sustainable effect on the community. Schools are well poised to take that leadership role." "Landscapes can be a way for schools to rebrand themselves," agrees Jonathon Ceci, associate principal and director of the landscape architecture studio, Ayers Saint Gross. "No longer just seen as a visual amenity, landscaping is now a means to affect campus transformation." By treating landscaping as green infrastructure, schools can distinguish themselves as good stewards. "Native plantings are on the rise, which allows schools an outdoor tool for teaching about ecology and the vital role of plants in the built environment." WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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