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Designers, planners and administrators focus on college and university planning and design issues in this BSA and Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) collaborative group. 

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Committee Chairs
Donna Denio Affil. BSA, SCUP /
Debi Lacey McDonald AIA, LEED /
The College and University Roundtable is part of the Design Commission.

Upcoming Events

March 20, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


8:00 – 8:30         Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 9:00         Session 1: Shared Slide Presentation –Trends and Best Practices in Lab Design         
9:15 – 10:45       Session 2: Engineering Trends and Best Practices in Building Systems Design
11:00 – 12:30     Session 3: Boston as an Innovation and Research Ecosystem
12:30 - 1:00        Tour: Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)  

Session 1: Shared Slide Presentation: Trends and Best Practices in Lab Design
All are invited to contribute 3 to 5 slides to present in 3 to 5 minutes showcasing a compelling trend or best practice in lab design. It can be thematic or case-study based. If you would like to share some slides, please forward to Debi McDonald at by Monday 3/19 at noon.

Session 2: Engineering Trends and Best Practices in Lab Design
Lab design is a complex undertaking requiring a close collaboration between the owner, researchers, architect, engineers, other consultants and the builder. Engineering is a key aspect to the successful design of any lab space. Engineers from Arup, BR+A, Buro Happold and Vanderweil will present emerging trends and best practices in building systems design for research facilities.

Session 3: Boston as an Innovation and Research Ecosystem
Since the Boston area has been recognized as a hub for innovation nationally, the community of researchers, entrepreneurs, institutions and developers collectively understand what it takes to create an ecosystem that generates new knowledge and new ventures. This panel will provide a forum for the participants to share their experiences with projects that are part of the research and innovation ecosystem. The panel will include Mark Chaffee from Biogen, Rebecca Herbst, Research and Advisory Services JLL, and Maureen Hickey, Northeastern University.

Tour of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) following the Presentations

For those who qualify, 3 LU/HSWs are available.

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Past Events

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January 21, 2016 | 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM
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