Resuscitating Educational Facilities for Innovative Learning and Environmental Stewardship

Description: With creative design and programming, underutilized campus buildings from all eras can be transformed into sustainable, thriving, innovative learning environments that align with current and future needs. Rather than replacing them, more planners are considering the benefit of adaptive or transformative reuse that creates space for today’s learners and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Campus planners are tasked with creating 21st-century learning environments, moving towards carbon neutrality, and repairing buildings that are near the end of their useful lives. Transformative reuse addresses all of these issues.
  • Date:Thursday, November 12
  • Time:1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time
  • Session Code:ES20THB1
  • Audience:Architects & Designers, Educational Institutions
  • Credit:AIA LU/HSW*
  • *Indicate how the topic is applicable to Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) Design credits.:Since this talk focuses on issues of sustainability, it is clearly fundamental to concerns around health, safety and welfare.
  • Learning Objective 1:Analyze challenges and opportunities associated with transforming an existing campus building from any era into a contemporary, innovative learning environment.
  • Learning Objective 2:'Mine’ the opportunities hidden in the fabric of existing buildings and turning those opportunities into innovative and unique program spaces.
  • Learning Objective 3:Develop techniques to illustrate the programmatic opportunities present in size, shape, and volume of a variety of existing buildings.
  • Learning Objective 4:Quantify the connection between building reuse and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, embodied carbon, and operational carbon.
Michael A. Nieminen
Kliment Halsband Architects
Jason Forney
Bruner/Cott Architects
Tom Huf
University of Massachusetts-Amherst