New STEM design trends in action at Coppin State
CannonDesign is well represented in Building Design + Construction’s April issue which focuses on higher education facilities and emerging trends. In the cover story, “5 Ways Universities are Using New Buildings to Sharpen their Competitive Edge,” CannonDesign’s Eric Jaffe shares insight and a look at the Coppin State STEM facility. The piece brings special focus on how institutions are “compet(ing) for the best and brightest students, faculty, researchers, and budding entrepreneurs by investing in buildings to emphasize the quality of their academic programs, especially those in STEM-related fields.”
The BD+C piece identifies five distinct trends.
- Tech Sells
- Rise of the Maker
- Schools Reach Beyond the Campus
- Community Colleges are Stepping Up
- Universities Fuse STEM Facilities
Below are two key excerpts from Jaffe’s contributions to the article and it can be read in full on page 22 of the BD+C online issue.
On Building New Science Facilities
“Schools are putting science and technology “at the forefront” of their campuses, and are using these buildings as recruitment tools,” observes Eric Jaffe, AIA, NCARB. “And when schools choose new construction over renovation, it’s often because their existing buildings were designed for the science of yesterday and can’t be modified or updated inexpensively.
On Coppin State STEM
Coppin State University, Baltimore, recently opened its 150,000-sf Science and Technology Center, which engages students and neighbors with a zone of teaching gardens, shallow site walls, and landscaping. An adjacent quadrangle is open to the public year-round.