Competition among higher education construction projects have focused on appearances and performative measures to attract students for years. While many university campuses are struggling to balance the maintenance and renovation of deteriorating mid- to late-century buildings against the demand for sophisticated new structures, perhaps there's room to step back and ask what motivates collegiate building?

Today, higher education institutions are borrowing and spending more money to create state-of-the-art facilities while neglecting the renovation of older structures maintenance and upkeep.

Research tell us that design in higher education is driven by two key concepts, changeability and integration. Let's explore how DIRTT learning spaces are individually designed to turn existing classroom spaces into high-performance learning environments that give teachers and learners control over their classroom experience.

Dynamic Environments Give Teachers and Learners Freedom to Choose

College campuses who have undergone modern renovations have built efficient, shared spaces that allow students to live, work and socialize within a single environment. Long gone are the days of single-use spaces and their bulky requirements.

Instead, universities have built out dynamic, open-environments that facilitate collaboration and appeal to the needs of today's dynamic, always-on learners.

The strength of these environments is not solely their attractive, modern design or their highly functional components – it's their flexibility. What students and educators want in classroom spaces is the opportunity to adjust their focal points, move from group to individual work stations and to integrate technology seamlessly.

Ease-of-use and control over environments are the core of DIRTT's prefab construction philosophy. Whether you want to turn a wall into a writing surface for classroom or meeting needs or integrate plug-n-play technology, it's not only achievable with DIRTT walls, it's easy to implement.

DIRTT solutions modify to meet students' needs or reconfigure to match changing enrollment. And they're ready for the future to integrate the latest technology whenever you choose to upgrade.

Any Space can be a Multi-Purpose Space

To get the most out of your investment in a construction project, you can't only plan for how a space will be used but also how it's users' needs will evolve over time. That's where Leaf comes in.

Leaf is a mechanism that can be used on new builds and works with any DIRTT wall to create a collapsible partition. Easily retrofitted DIRTT interior walls can be adjusted to convert a meeting room into a lecture hall to minimize footprint and promote customization of a space. Lead works with any DIRTT wall created, allowing clients to retrofit their existing installations if they want the ability to quickly change a space.

Leaf is an intriguing solution for many higher education design needs because it seamlessly blends technology and utility to increase the possibilities for any space.

See Leaf in action:

Quick Design and Construction Process Optimizes Campus Use

To eliminate waste and inefficiency in the design and construction process, Accelerate uses 3D technology that allows you to explore a space before it's built. This ensures your vision is translated correctly to the factory floor without missing any details, while also reducing downtime of your campus spaces due to construction.

Once approved, your project ships in 21 days or less, regardless of how large or complex it is.

In 25 years, if you decide the space needs to be refreshed once more, you can repurpose your DIRTT interior solutions to suit you as your needs change. This includes little things like moving or adding electrical outlets and TV screens, or big changes like turning a large meeting room into more workspace. DIRTT solutions easily integrate with new and legacy furniture, fixtures and technology. No matter what they invent next.

If you're planning to breathe life into an unused or outdated space on your college campus, contact us to learn about the design and collaboration process of renovating your learning environment.