Plan to Evaluate the Impact of STEM Buildings on College and University Campuses, Volume 1: Dimensions of Assessment

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis,

June 20, 2011

Our mission is to design buildings that improve the quality of science education. To go beyond anecdotal evidence that it is fulfilling this mission, EYP aims to develop a plan to systematically evaluate its designs. At the same time, the firm intends to provide a general model to assess the impact of science learning environments.

Architects expect designed environments to meet specific needs and to have certain behavioral effects. College administrators expect new buildings to achieve particular objectives; they and their donors want to know if they will get a good return on their investment. Therefore, the purpose of this plan is to identify data sources and measures that may be used to assess expected behavioral changes and outcomes of science buildings.