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This conference focuses on capital project planning, programming, and management of higher education teaching and research facilities for basic and applied sciences and engineering, and high technology programs.

NOTE OF INTEREST: From Tradeline’s recent survey of university professionals about their institutions’ capital spending for science/engineering/technology programs for the next five years:
56% responded “Increase”
22% responded “Increase substantially”

22% responded “Stay the same”
0%   responded “Decrease”

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at the conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, equipment, and/or solutions for capital project planning, programming, and management targeting trending space types and pressing new institutional objectives:


  • Basic Sciences and Engineering
  • Applied Sciences and Engineering
  • Research Facilities 
  • Health Sciences
  • Experiential Learning, Active Learning, and Team-based Education
  • A.I./Data Sciences/Advanced Manufacturing/Robotics
  • Maker Space
  • Innovation Hubs and Entrepreneurship Space


  1. Examine decision-making on renovation and repurposing, or building new
  2. Identify new space allocation and utilization metrics and benchmarks
  3. Improve capital project execution – construction costs, timing, contracts, delivery strategies
  4. Increase flexibility and optimum use of facilities
  5. Improve recruitment of faculty and next-generation STEM students
  6. Improve energy reduction, water conservation, and sustainability initiatives
  7. Increase research laboratory capacity and improve lab environments 
  8. Support maker culture and entrepreneurship
  9. Stimulate collaboration and connectivity 
  10. Raise the efficiency and effectiveness of resource use – space, budgets, and technology

Your presentation may call upon one or more of the following issues (or your own creative solutions) to meet the objectives above:

  • Space allocation, metrics, and layouts for labs, classrooms, support space, and offices
  • Renovation and modernization of outdated facilities 
  • Energy reduction, water conservation, and sustainability strategies
  • Capital project and construction management processes that lower costs and optimize outcomes
  • Facility features for student and researcher recruitment 
  • Repurposing non-science space for applied sciences and engineering programs
  • Decision-making on renovation vs. building new
  • Facility flexibility and adaptability for shared use and rapidly changing programs
  • Programming, design, and construction of new buildings 
  • Research labs and multidisciplinary research facilities
  • Mixed teaching and research facilities; Interdisciplinary research facility plans
  • Integrating data-science based programs with exisiting and new research space 
  • Maker space and project lab plans
  • Highly specialized space: Cleanroom, cGMP, imaging, robotics, etc. 
  • Shared design studio, prototyping, and display spaces
  • New classroom configurations for experiential learning, active learning, team-based education 
  • Improved space management and space utilization
  • Transparency and enabling visual connections
  • Integrating student innovation and entrepreneurship programs  
  • Effective social and informal learning space
  • Efficient, shared-core research facilities
  • Cost-effective, flexible lab furniture and casework
  • Building vibration controls, EMI, and equipment precision safeguards
  • High-efficiency, low-cost mechanical system solutions
  • Environmental control systems and sensors: Occupancy, acoustics, air quality, temperature, humidity
  • Building automation systems and facility technology implementation
  • Project management processes that lower costs and optimize outcomes
  • Lower construction and operation costs


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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