Find VMDO at the ACUHO-I and SCUP National Conferences this Week

By Lynelle Douma, Marketing Coordinator

VMDO Architects is gearing up for a busy week of conferences! Representatives from the firm’s Higher Education Studio will be in attendance at both the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) Annual Conference & Exposition in Seattle, WA and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Annual, International Conference in Vancouver, BC.

On Saturday July 9, Associate Frances Watson Lengowski’s ACUHO-I pre-conference workshop, “Completing the Loop: Connecting Building Design and Student Experience”  will explore four main themes – common space amenities, living unit configuration, student ownership, and safety / security – that help connect the loop between design, student experience and, ultimately, student success. This workshop will be led by Frances’s fellow “Completing the Loop” co-authors: Chris Heasley, Kurt Haapala, and Nobert Dunkel. Their article was recognized as the 2016 Robert P. Cooke Talking Stick Article of the Year, and they will accept the honor at the closing banquet on Tuesday night. The pre-conference workshop based on the article is set for 1pm in Skagit 4 (lower level).

On Monday July 11, Principal Michele Westrick will be presenting “Renovating for Success: Using Adaptive Planning Principles” with Kate Myer and Gay Perez of the University of Virginia and Glenn Wise of New Atlantic Contracting. Their 60 minute interest session will explore how renovation projects at colleges and universities offer unique opportunities to adapt planning efforts to support iterative, phased design and construction. A strategic planning process can help translate otherwise “run of the mill” renovations into substantive projects that respond to shifting trends in residence life and A/E/C markets. Their session will empower attendees to foster a planning process that is value-driven, flexible, and responsive to project-specific needs. Join them on Monday at 4:15pm in 712 Skagit 5 (lower level).

The team will present their project again at the 2016 SCUP Annual, International Conference on Wednesday July 13. Michele, Kate Myer and Frank Harris will explain how they challenged design and construction norms while working cohesively towards improving the project.  The team found that not only did the process maximize value but it resulted in a better design and a better building! Catch their session from 8:30 – 9:30am on Wednesday in Room 212-214.

We’re looking forward to presenting at both of these conferences in the coming week and hope to see many of you there!

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