• Innovation Exploration

    February 6, Austin

    University of Texas 

    Belo Center for New Media  

    • IT tech support was one command center on the top floor with ceiling-mounted  camera and audio/video connection to each room so computer problems could be solved without waiting for a tech to walk across campus
    • First floor student space with tall ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows
    • HVAC system waters landscaping
    • Student café and coffee shop in lobby
    • Designated space for freshman interest groups, 
    • Big lecture halls have staging, lighting and sound to handle tv productions for PBS station
    • Fish tank multi media classroom, 
    • Working newsroom
    • Student lounges in lobby had 3-sided partitions and 7/8 walls that didn’t connect to ceiling to create intimate space with little ventilation or security concerns
    • Classrooms had studio lighting for filming, tech services to call for service from outside class,
    • Special tempered glass for white board to reduce staining
    • Special lighting over board so room can be dark and faculty can see to write
    • Hallway walls served as galleries
    • Open student lounge with computers, printers, 24 hr access
    • Faculty offices with translucent glass (light with privacy) 
    • Faculty office name plates had insert for messages, art, etc.
    • Skylights were cut through AC ductwork. 
    • 2-sided glass trophy cases served as light source
    • Video monitors displayed room schedules at each 
    • Speakers  for AV imbedded in walls
    • Rooms had ID swipe pads to monitor room access and security
    • Reception area had balcony to expand space, counter for serving ease and kitchenette 


     Bill and Melinda Gates/Dell Computer Science facility  

    • Wide floor to ceiling atrium connects two wings with different focuses through two grand staircases to encourage conversation
    • Stairs designed as art pieces
    • Outdoor courtyard causes collaboration,
    • Largest theater seating 200 seats,
    • All spaces and moveable furniture, 
    • Rolling chairs had flexible writing surface for left or right-hand access and bins underneath to hold backpacks
    • 3/4 glass walls in computer labs
    • Added art to invite creativity
    • Admin all housed together
    • Large led screens across from elevators with schedules, postings 
    • Lockers in student labs
    • Students organization offices integrated in bldg.
    • Different color schemes for each floor
    • Research pods with lab space
    • Faculty offices had marker board behind desk, glass brick wall  for light and privacy 
    • Conference room had barn doors, adds footprint, opens to small reception to extend activity
    • No corner offices, corners were conference rooms without doors to encourage collaboration
    • 1% of all capital campaign funding was designated to provide art, causes architects to be creative
    • Suspended off fifth floor hallway was “crows nest,” a glass cube sized like an elevator with see-through floor
    • Architects were encouraged to “have fun” 


    Student Activity Center  

    • “Living room” of the campus
    • Slate shelf along entire walls with plugs for laptop access
    • Couches and lounge chairs all had laptop shelf, moveable
    • Tiered wooden seating with cushions, lounge chairs, fireplace


      College of Liberal Arts
    • Scan ID to get into peer mentor center 
    • Student collaboration areas  



    St. Edwards University  

    • Landscaping designed to hide parking areas to create strong visual green spaces
    • Multiple level landscaping to capture rain fall and create “streams” throughout campus
    • Old buildings retrofitted using lots of glass windows to bring outdoors in
    • Use of concrete walls to create sun block to increase cooling efficiency of buildings – used only on side of building with major exposure to sun.
    • Many examples of “surprise” views within buildings creating interesting spaces
    • Many examples of curved walls and geometric lines in both interior and exteriors of buildings
    • Lots of indirect lighting
    • Lots of small study nook areas both interior and exterior
    • Student housing building design on geode concept: rugged exterior with bright, surprising interiors
    • Residence hall had glass interior walls floor to ceiling facing courtyard, lots of gathering areas, recreational area on each floor, shared kitchen on each floor, laundry on each floor.
    • Two students per room. Two rooms (4 students) share bathroom between suites. All coed on all floors so males and females could be sharing bathrooms.
    • Observation by VP of Physical Plant: having males and females sharing residence halls works better than separating. Guys develop protective instincts toward the girls. Everyone minds Ps and Qs better.
    • Outside study spaces had outlets for computer and phones. All wi fi
    • Architects chosen for each project based on what they bring to project. Lots of architects from outside of state and country. RFP for each project


    • Economic and eco-conscious construction – three story building, low water use plants, reclamation pond
    • Lots of natural light and windows
    • Interesting design elements on low budget
    • Use of multiple construction materials
    • External meeting spaces every floor
    • Incorporated mission and clients in decoration for entire building through professional portraits throughout 
    • Lots of use of color

    February 13, Washington DC and Baltimore

    Johns Hopkins University

    Brody Learning Commons 
    • "Smart paint" use walls as white boards
    • Skype camera mounted on walls for long-distance collaboration
    • Sky lights, light locks, quiet reading room
    • $32 million , almost all donor dollars
    • Curiosity cabinet--Museum exhibits in drawers--used to archive artifacts from instructional departments and memorabilia
    • Facility open 24/7 
    • Students and faculty voted on everything from cafe contract to seating and color schemes
    • All flexible furniture--everything moveable
    • Online system to reserve small group meeting rooms
    • Save work from classroom collaboration through USB portal in the wall
    • Crowd Sourcing approach to research
    • Leeds silver bldg, raised floor throughout to accommodate future tech
    • Day lockers with plug for charging devices
    • Students could text reference questions to lone librarian in old stacks library building
    • Reference books delivered twice a day from old library, periodicals available to scan and send to phone
    • Floors all composed of 2 foot carpet/tile squares for adaptability 
    • Heating and air comes through floors
    • No public computers
    • Rare books in glass front research room
    • Touch screens in common area to push info out to students, also able to search info
    • Two cameras on opposite walls of labs to record presentations for review
    • Rooms different sizes
    • Information commons was central to building 
    • Visualization wall--interactive with messages, games, research results, videos, etc.
    • Experience librarian roams through commons to research use and offer assistance
    • No service desk in commons, staff in old library services both libraries.
    • All spaces open to students if not used for classes
    • Online reservation system for rooms
    • Telepresence rooms for distant learning 
    • Quick print stations with printers
    • Access for all rooms card secured
    • IT students on staff  for tech support
    • Laptop cart moveable to speed up class technology
    • Conservationists room, with chem engineers who study and preserve books
    • Pod-based learning lab
    • Short throw projectors in many ceilings
    • Instructors projector projects to multiple screens for small group collaboration by multiple pods at once


     Goucher College Atheneum 


    • Pocket art gallery, ceiling will support grand piano, own loading dock, screens for multimedia
    • Exercise equipment and donor wall on mezzanine overlooking atheneum
    • Radio station incorporated--run by students
    • Many pockets of living room space
    • Study rooms openable on either side to expand for events
    • Facility open 24/7 
    • Lots of pocket study and lounge space
    • Mac and PCM available
    • Library space doubles for community events
    • Classes 18 or less
    • IT lives in library
    • No rows of computers
    • Windows with polymer components to block heat or cold 
    • Rails for compact moveable shelving for books
    • All journals on line, a few in browsing in browsing area
    • "Green" roof, solar panels, catch rainwater for landscaping
    • Display cases outside classrooms 
  • Washington Visit

    Johns Hopkins University

    Thurs. Feb. 14, 9 a.m, meet Brian Shields, Director of Communications and Marketing for Sheridan Libraries and University Museums at JHU

    410.516.8337 (office)

    443.631.2890 (cell)


    Campus Map 


    Johns Hopkins University's computer-assisted surgery lab, in the School of Engineering's Hackerman Hall  

    Brody Learning Commons 



    Goucher College 

    Thurs. Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m, meet Nancy Magnuson, the College Librarian, and Linda Barone, from Facilities. Contact is Randi Kennedy.

    Use the main campus entrance, off Dulaney Valley Rd. Once you enter the campus, take the first left.  This is the campus loop road. There will be a large lot to your right; this is the main visitor lot (Dorsey Center Lot), so it is the lot we recommend to visitors.  Next to this lot is the Dorsey Center (building #4 on the map).  Go up the large staircase and straight through the courtyard.  After leaving the courtyard, you should be able to see the Athenaeum on the right; it’s the large glass building (#2 on the map).  There are usually signs out, pointing the way.

    We will meet you in the Forum, which is located just inside the Athenaeum doors. It looks like an indoor amphitheater.

    Randi's cell number is 570-885-1548, and Nancy’s is 410-371-9371.



    Landmark Libraries article  

    Library Homepage   

    Building Floor Plans   


    AACC/ACCT Links

    AACC/ACCT's Federal Public Policy Issues 
    ACCT National Legislative Summit conference information 
      2660 Woodley Road, NW
      Washington, DC 20008
      877 212 5752
      (202) 328-2000
    Conference Schedule at a Glance 

    Non-conference meetings

    Tues. Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m. 

    • U. S. Senator for Texas Ted Cruz
    • Location TBA 

    Tues. Feb. 122:30 p.m. 

    • U. S. Senator for Texas John Cornyn
    • Location TBA  

    Wed. Feb. 131:00 p.m. 

    • U. S. Congressman Blake Farenthold, District 27
    • 117 Cannon House Office Building  

    Wed. Feb. 131:30 p.m. 

    • VIP tour of the Capitol, led by Pete Sanborn of Farenthold's staff 


    Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Documents

    Larry Meyers is the lobbyist working with the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce issues.
    Contact information: 
    Capitol Hill Office Building
    Suite One
    412 First Street, S.E.
    Washington, DC 20003
    (202) 484-2773 office
    (202) 255-4365 mobile



    Del Mar College Documents

    Congressional Issues and Del Mar College Students (PDF file)


  • Austin Visit 

    Community College Day

    Maps and Agenda 


    Community College Day at the Texas Legislature
    Tues. Feb. 5, 2013-- Tentative Schedule, subject to change
    Contact: Claudia Jackson cell (361) 215-7039
    Rep. Herrero’s staff made arrangements for Regents and DMC leaders to use Capitol Extension E1.022 as the Regents’ “home base” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    5:00 a.m. Regents and staff not already in Austin leave for the Capitol
    9:30 am:   Check-in and pickup ribbons/lunch tickets in front of the Capitol Visitors Center   YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO PICK UP LUNCH
    10:00 am:   Rally on South Capitol Steps / Welcome Remarks from Legislative Leaders
    10:45 a.m. Rep. J. M. Lozano appointment: Capitol Extension E2.908 
    Regents Messbarger, Rivas and Boggs, Claudia Jackson, Lenora Keas and Dr. Leonard Rivera
    11 a.m. Sen. Juan Hinojosa appointment: Cap. 3E.10—behind Senate Gallery on third floor
    Regents McCampbell, Estrada, Walter, Dr. Escamilla, Mary McQueen, Tina Butler and Melinda Eddleman
    11:30-12:30 Pick up lunch on southwest corner of Capitol Grounds near Visitors Center, proceed to the Capitol Extension E1.022 for lunch
    Chairman Hunter’s staff made arrangements for Del Mar students, regents and staff to use Capitol Extension Committee Room E2.036 for meetings with Legislators from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    1:30 p.m. Sen. Juan Hinojosa meets with Regents and students in Capitol Extension E2.036 (lower level) –PENDING CONFIRMATION
    2:00 p.m. Rep. Abel Herrero meets with Regents and students in Capitol Extension E2.036 (lower level)
    2:30 p.m.  Chairman Todd Hunter meets with Regents and students in Capitol Extension E2.036 (lower level)
    2:45 p.m. Rep. Able Herrero visit: Capitol Extension Second Floor, room E2.818
    Regent McCampbell, Dr. Escamilla and Claudia Jackson 
    3:00 p.m. Sen. Juan Hinojosa meets with Regents and students in Capitol Extension E2-036—ALTERNATE OPPORTUNITY, PENDING CONFORMATION
    At your convenience, visit Legislative Galleries: Senate-- third floor East; and House--third floor West
    5:30 p.m. Regents’ Reception for South Texas Delegation
    Spring Condominium # 3401
    300 Bowie St.  
    Innovation Exploration
    Wed. Feb. 6, 2013, Schedule
    8:00 -11:00 a.m. Regents and administrators will explore innovative instructional venues at Austin educational institutions as part of planning for the Capital Improvement Program
    Exploration Team A: Austin Community College focus 
    Dr. Escamilla, Regent Rivas, Mary, Toney and Lenora Keas
    Meet Hector Aguilar at the Austin Community College Highland Business Center at 8:00 a.m. 
        Aguilar’s phone (512) 223-7664
    Regent Rivas will photograph, Lenora Keas will take notes
    Exploration Team B: St. Edwards University focus 
    Regents Todd Walter, Jim Boggs and Mary McQueen
    Meet Mike Peterson at Woodward Office Building at 8 a.m.
    Peterson’s cell (512) 448-8788
    Meet Mitch Weynand or Susan Aiken at Life Works Austin between 10:30 and 11 a.m. phone (512) 735-2400
    Regent Boggs will photograph, Mary McQueen will take notes
    Exploration Team C: University of Texas focus 
    Regents Trey McCampbell, Sandra Messbarger and Claudia Jackson
    Meet Nick Hundley at Belo Center for New Media lobby by the elevators at 8 a.m. Hundley’s Cell (512) 413-6767
    Meet Brent Winkelman at the Gates Computer Science facility between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.
    Regent McCampbell will photograph, Claudia Jackson will take notes  
    11:00 a.m-noon Del Mar College lunch at the Iron Cactus restaurant, 606 Trinity at 6th Street
    (Iron Cactus doesn’t take reservations, but manager Caesar assures us a table together in the back.  (512) 472-9240
    12:30 p.m.  Return to Corpus Christi
    As of 2-1-13


    Austin Community College 

    Highland Business Center  

    Math Emporium 


    Hector Aguilar: (512) 223-7664 

    University of Texas 

    Belo Center for New Media by Lawrence Group Architects  

    Contact is Nick Hundley, Director of Communications, 512- 471-7209, cell 512- 413-6767

    Meet in the Belo lobby is on the 1st floor. Parking is available in SAG (San Antonio Garage), also on the map below.  San Antonio is one way going North, Nueces is one way going south. There are entrances on either street. Bring parking ticket for validation.

    Belo fact sheets   

    Belo Donor case statement 

    Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Building by Pelli Clarke  

    Gates Computer Center contact: Brent Winkelman 
    Associate Director of External Affairs
    Department of Computer Science
    The University of Texas at Austin
    T: (512) 471-9793 | Cell: (512) 963-1909
    Student Activity Center (SAC) by Overland Partners - http://www.utexas.edu/universityunions/student-activity-center/scene
    College of Liberal Arts (CLA)  - http://www.utexas.edu/cola/   

    University of Texas walking map

    Bottom -- Student Activity Center
    Right -- College of Liberal Arts
    Middle -- Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Building
    Top Left -- Belo Center for New Media

    View Walking Directions at the University of Texas in a larger map>
     St. Edwards University

    Map and Directions   

    Doyle Hall by Specht Harpman  Fleck Hall by Andersson Wise Architects 

     The Village Residence Hall by Alejandro Aravena  

    Life Works in East Austin:  (check out the video link at the bottom) 

    Contact: Michael Peterson, Associate VP of Facilities 512) 448-8788 or michaelp@stedwards.edu.  Meet him in the Woodward Office Building at 8 a.m.


    St. Edwards University walking map

     Markers from right to left: 
    A -- Park at parking garage
    B -- Meet Michael Peterson at Woodward Office Building
    C -- Fleck Hall
    D -- Doyle Hall 

    View Walking directions at St. Edwards in a larger map 


    General Links

     World Architecture News Education Awardshttp://www.wantoday.com/education_2012/index.html 
    AIA National Education Facility Design Awardshttp://network.aia.org/CommitteeonArchitectureforEducation/Home/Awards 
    Brochstein Pavilion, Rice University (by Thomas Phifer & Partners) - http://www.archdaily.com/15786/brochstein-pavilion-the-office-of-james-burnett/ 
    Campus Center, Illinois Institute of Technology (by Rem Koolhaas)http://admission.iit.edu/virtual_tour.html 
    Seattle Public Library (by Rem Koolhaas)  - http://www.spl.org/Documents/about/libraries_for_all_report.pdf