With over $90 billion spent on construction in higher education in the U.S. in just 2017 alone, it’s no surprise that some of the most impressive buildings are on university campuses. Iconic university buildings enhance the student experience today and for centuries to come.
With innovative classrooms, libraries and research buildings featuring the state of the art robotics, high-tech boards and huddle rooms design for small teams collaboration, universities are now incorporating optimal student learning conditions into campus designs.
Outside of the classroom, universities are creating spaces to foster a community and create an unparalleled student experience with luxurious dorms, phenomenal student unions, massive athletic stadiums and Broadway-worthy performing arts centers. And with many universities building for a 100-year lifespan, they’ve turned to green buildings because sustainability is essential when creating a lasting legacy.
Campus architecture not only enhances student experience but also provides a memorable first impression among students, parents and the community at large. To showcase some of the most incredible feats of higher education construction, we’ve compiled our list of most iconic university buildings. We’ve segmented our list into eight categories, and chose two from each one:
- Student Unions
- Performing Arts Center
- Classroom and Research buildings
- Historic Buildings
- Green Buildings
Flip through our SlideShare, or read below, to see some of the most amazing university buildings across the U.S.:
16 of the Top University Buildings
Best Athletic Field
Best Student Union
- Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, University of Chicago
- George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University
Best Performing Arts Center
- Wharton Center of Performing Arts, Michigan State University
- Hylton Performing Arts, George Mason University
Best Classrooms & Research Buildings
Best Historic Building
Best Green Building
Avoiding Crumbling Campuses: How to Maintain these Iconic University Buildings
While higher education construction investment continues to grow across the world, universities face a whole new range of issues once the building is complete. Sprawling campuses, disconnected departments and rising costs all create hurdles for university facilities and maintenance teams. Without visibility and easy access to data of existing facilities, maintenance costs soar and building renovations all the more difficult.
To make the most of investments into new university buildings and facilities, teams need access to the comprehensive construction information and data. When investing in new facilities, universities should invest in cutting-edge technology solutions to manage design and construction data.
If you’re interested in learning more about the myriad of ways builders for higher education institutions can improve efficiency in construction, download our latest ebook, “Constructed Campus”:
Did Your Alma Mater Make the List?
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