Is the design future of the college campus HVAC-focused?

Will the design future of the college campus be heavily focused on HVAC systems?

Reported by Education Dive, the trend in design planning for the college campus over the last 10 years has focused on conversations about “maker spaces”, and co-learning environments where students can study, learn, and work with their peers and instructors.

But today’s design discussion is centered around HEPA air cleaning devices and HVAC systems. Much less sexy. Potentially much more critical for making sure our indoor air quality and ventilation is optimized to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The takeaway? Retrofitting these ventilation systems into older buildings can pose a real problem to our institutions. But more than new climbing walls and shared learning spaces, may be our new required design focus over the next several years.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.