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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  |  8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Creating New Active Learning Spaces At Rush University From Thin Air

Cheston Brauer, MBA
Chief of Staff, Rush University
Dominick Demonica, AIA, LEED AP
Principal | Director of Higher Education, Demonica Kemper Architects
Burcu Kuscu
Project Manager, Jacobs

To address the need for additional learning space at Rush University, multiple options were evaluated on and off campus. With the majority of existing space already at capacity, and short of building new construction, the evaluation team was forced to “create” new space within an existing structure to meet the program needs. This was accomplished by identifying an existing two-story volume connecting the fourth and fifth floors in the heart of the university’s academic building and filling it in while the rest of the building remained operational. This transformative project involved the development of a highly flexible, engaging, active learning environment on campus, which represents a completely new pedagogy for the university. As a result, the project was faced with multiple design challenges as well as logistical challenges during construction. This session will describe these challenges and discuss how the solutions led to a highly successful project that will change the way instruction is delivered for years to come.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the creation of previously non-existent space within a fully occupied facility
  2. Define the design criteria for the development of active learning space within an existing structure
  3. Review logistical issues associated with the construction of new learning space within a fully operational facility
  4. Recognize the challenges of adopting a new learning pedagogy on campus and manage this change
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH