Academic science institutions today are experiencing tough competition for funding and faculty and student recruitment. Often, facility upgrades can help leverage success in these areas. Planning for the University of New Mexico's new Physics and Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science Building (PAIS) is underway, and the Laboratory Design Newsletter recently featured the collaborative effort as part of the University's focus on the future of science and new faculty recruitment.
To assess the impact of the Trinity Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI), EYP conducted surveys of students and faculty before and after construction of the Center.
We designed the Taylor Science Center to meet several strategic goals - ten years after its opening, we returned to the Clinton, New York campus to analyze the impact of our design.
STEM Design Components That Pay Off: Metrics Show Benefits of New Science and Engineering at Trinity University
EYP's Toni Loiacano shares pre- and post-occupancy data with Tradeline about Trinity University's Center for the Sciences & Innovation (CSI) in San Antonio, Texas. Studies indicate that the new CSI is attracting more students from all departments to the building, boosting integration between science and non-science majors, and increasing interest in STEM studies among incoming students at a rate of 50 percent.
The most successful colleges and universities we know with new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) buildings have not merely built new buildings, they have rethought them from the ground up. These institutions have radically redesigned them — either building entirely new structures or dramatically renovating existing ones — in ways that have improved professors’ teaching and students’ learning processes. The impacts, which EYP has tracked during the last 10 years and chronicled in our formal research studies, have been eye-opening in four dimensions: student enrollment and retention; faculty recruitment; learning experience; research and collaboration opportunities.
Amidst research and reports showing that a third of U.S. post-secondary institutions are struggling financially, many of them see a highly competitive STEM program as a key to their future success and survival.
Assessment of the College of the Holy Cross Integrated Science Complex II: Analysis of Administrative Data
To further assess the impact of the new Integrated Science Complex (ISC) at the College of the Holy Cross, EYP analyzed trend data from several administrative offices.
EYP conducted two post-occupancy surveys, one of faculty and theother of students, in spring 2013. Based on survey responses, the new Mars Center has succeeded in accomplishing several goals.
Research universities and liberal arts colleges are taking a closer look at how they apportion lab space to provide the best research environment for faculty and an optimal learning atmosphere for students, while adhering to safety protocols, reducing costs, and adding institutional flexibility.
We assessed existing STEM buildings on the Trinity campus in comparison to an EYP-designed facility.