Campus Design Trends

Making Space for What Matters Most

As colleges and universities pursue innovative ways to teach and learn, campus design trends are changing to create new learning environments. Rapidly changing technology, combined with evolving preferences for quiet study and collaborative meeting spaces, have created demand for flexible spaces that can adapt to a variety of needs. Here at Spacesaver, we’ve worked closely with architects, designers, and campus clients for nearly 50 years, and we continue to anticipate the needs of the campus community. Here are some trends we’re seeing in higher education facility design.

Creating a flexible, forward-thinking campus hub

How can you design a student center space that’s innovative and reflective of your university’s mission, but also functional and adaptable enough to stand up to the rapid pace of change in higher education? Here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

  • Create custom-sized meeting spaces on the fly
  • Offer a spot to stach belongings
  • Accommodate a variety of work styles

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How academic libraries’ changing roles are influencing design

Academic library design will continue to trend away from long rows of shelves and more spaces that are intended to inspire new ways of learning. Look at three ways in which university libraries are changing their design to help more students.

  • Flexibility is paramount
  • Collections on the move
  • Special collections

Here at Spacesaver, we’ve worked closely with architects, designers, and campus clients for nearly 50 years, and we continue to anticipate the needs of the campus community. Here are some trends we’re seeing in higher education facility design.

Innovation Lab & Makerspace design considerations

Sufficient storage is crucial for makerspaces. Here are a few areas to keep in mind as you design storage into your innovation center or makerspace.

  • Centralized supply storage
  • Workstation tool storage
  • Project storage
  • Supply Carts
  • Secure personal belongings

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Storage on Display

Every cubic foot that’s taken up by backroom storage is space that could be used for teaching and learning. It also means that items might not be stored in the most convenient locations. The solution: Storage in plain sight.

Here are 4 ways that campuses can bring storage front and center while also maintaining aesthetic appeal.

  1. Sleek personal storage
  2. Research collections on display
  3. Incorporate lighting
  4. Incorporate branding

Your Partner in Innovation

For nearly 50 years, Spacesaver has been a trusted partner in helping higher education architects, administrators, and others understand the complexities involved in planning and designing effective learning spaces. Our network of local distributors offers space planning services, product installation, and ongoing service and maintenance by factory-certified technicians.

Contact us today to arrange for a free, no-obligation space assessment.