Apply to Present: University Facilities 2023

A big shift in higher education space planning and capital projects is underway. New academic priorities are shaping space planning initiatives and facility plans for a very different higher education future. 

Campus space and facility planning decisions must now incorporate new demands for improved space utilization, expanded flexibility, reduced costs, shared resources, improved recruitment, and new avenues for financing and funding of capital projects. This requires a shift in thinking toward sustainable buildings, spaces, and assets that add long-term institutional value for multiple parties with shared interests.

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at this conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, and/or solutions using one or more of the planning priorities and space types below, or your own creative new concepts that address the priority issues as identified in Tradeline surveys.

New planning models and decision-making

  • Space allocation and utilization metrics and benchmarks
  • Sustainability, net-zero energy and carbon neutrality initiatives
  • Flexibility concepts to accommodate multiple academic programs and facility use
  • Impacts of hybrid-style learning and hybrid work on space planning and facility design
  • Hybrid workstyles and free-address workspace for faculty and staff
  • Capital project execution – construction costs, timing, contracts, delivery strategies
  • Cost effective renovation and renewal of underutilized and outdated space
  • Reduction of capital expenditures 
  • Facility features for campus wellness and health
  • Facility strategies and new spaces that drive institutional revenue growth
  • Public-private development plans and processes
  • High space utilization models 
  • Real-world spaces and settings that enable students to develop ready-to-work skillsets  
  • Physical consolidation/centralization plans for academic programs and/or campuses
  • Facility investments for student experience and student engagement
  • Facility plans and features that improve recruitment and enrollment
  • Accommodating new program and space demands without physical expansion
  • Strategies for educational space: New learning environments, multiple modalities, technology
  • Space and features that support innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Master planning strategies for program location and utilization of facilities and campus space

Types of space:

  • Academic offices and the “new academic workplace” 
  • Educational facilities 
  • Innovation hubs that support discovery, creativity, team building, and entrepreneurship 
  • Hybrid facility designs for mixed/shared use and shared funding
  • Reinvented libraries as modern community informational commons
  • Social hubs, communal space, and campus destination space
  • Maker culture: Innovation, design, and prototyping spaces
  • Combined living-learning facilities
  • STEM facilities
  • Space and features for industry partnerships and commercialization
  • eSports: Adjacencies, technology, infrastructure
  • Facilities for sustainable energy, climate and environmental research and engineering 


To complete a speaking application, you will need:

  • Presentation title, one-paragraph summary, and up to four takeaway ideas
  • Speaker names, contact information, Bio/CV, and headshot images
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