The Education practice area at OZ Architecture was recently featured in an article in Building Design and Construction focused on building trends in higher education. OZ Architecture’s three-story, 114,000-square-foot Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) in the heart of the CU Boulder campus was highlighted, among other forward-thinking college campus projects, as a building that is redefining the future of higher education building design.
CU’s CASE is expected to serve as a gateway to the campus, bringing together many key student support resources and showcasing them to prospective students. Departments to be housed in the new building include admissions, the academic advising offices, the Office of Veteran Services, and other campus-wide student support resources. As the home to admissions, campus tours also will begin at the new center, with the new building serving as a gateway to campus for prospective students and their families.
In the article, OZ Principal and Higher Education practice leader David Schafer talks about “100 year buildings,” an idea which hinges on sustainability and relevance many years after the initial groundbreaking. David mentions modular interior design as well as timeless durable materials as two keys to longevity. Another key is designing buildings for more than a single purpose, such as a mixed-use building for both student classrooms and staff offices. The idea is to design buildings that are both utilitarian and comfortable, flexible and welcoming as needs and activities change over time.
Learn more about how OZ Architecture is leading the way into the future of campus design in Building Design and Construction.