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16 of the most iconic university buildings and campuses

Building Lasting Legacies: 16 of the Most Iconic University Buildings [SlideShare]

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:

  • Dorms
  • Stadiums
  • Student Unions
  • Library
  • 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.:

From PlanGrid

16 of the Top University Buildings

Best Dorms

Best Athletic Field

Best Student Union

Best Library

Best Performing Arts Center

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”:

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Did Your Alma Mater Make the List?

Is one of your favorite university building missing from the list? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Christine Acker

Christine has spent nearly 10 years steeped in the construction industry, garnering deep expertise in lean management and bringing technology to distributed workforces. Currently, a senior product marketing manager at PlanGrid, Christine helps bridge the software company’s industry-leading product to the global construction industry. Prior to PlanGrid, Christine was an engagement manager at renowned consulting firm McKinsey & Company, focused on the construction and energy sectors. While at McKinsey, she oversaw the deployment of a lean management system across a 5,000+ employee distributed workforce and created a real estate firm’s IPD strategy to significantly improve productivity on the firm’s construction projects. Christine also spent four years at Clark Construction, in the GC’s Civil and Foundations department, where she proudly designed and managed excavation support for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. Christine has her Professional Engineering license and holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

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