Reinventing Teaching Laboratories at Community Colleges
Toni Loiacano, LEED®
AP, DSA Architects, a member of SHW Group
This poster will show examples of community college
teaching projects that utilize:
- Laboratories and Sustainability
- Utilizing the concept of sustainability holistically in
laboratories, balancing initial costs and life cycle costs.
- Using efficient laboratory planning: addressing real needs
and providing future expansion.
- Installing daylighting in laboratories and classrooms.
- Selecting material carefully.
- Using integral energy-efficient mechanical, electrical,
and plumbing design.
- Addressing the exterior landscape as a sustainable, renewable
- Laboratory Renovation
- Maximizing cost efficiency in laboratory design and planning.
- Maximizing reuse and flexibility of existing laboratory
- Laboratory Planning
- Putting science on display, using unique aesthetics that
- Using architectural design to reflect the integration of
laboratory, classrooms, and collaborative space, enhancing
the learning environment, and facilitating constructivist curriculum.
Toni Loiacano has planned
and programmed many higher education facilities. Her current programming
projects include science laboratories at: College of Education and
Human Sciences; Central Michigan University Science Center; North
Central Michigan College School of Engineering; Midwestern State
University Center for Excellence in Bioengineering and Life Sciences;
Kettering University Southeast Expansion; Tarrant County Community
College District University Center; Lansing Community College Biomedical
Technology Center; Schoolcraft College Center for Health Professions;
Jackson Community College Academic Building Addition/Renovation;
and Bryn Mawr College.
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