Session S7 (Sunday, 2pm, Mueller 008)

P40: Designing new science laboratories at Mount Saint Mary College: Reflections of a faculty shepherd

Lynn Maelia (Mount Saint Mary College, USA)

We have used the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) model for laboratory design in planning the new Math Science and Technology building at Mount Saint Mary College. This model calls for active participation of all college constituencies in designing spaces that promote active student learning, integrate science with the liberal arts mission of the college, are welcoming to science students and the entire college community, foster collaborations, provide opportunities for formal and informal learning, and incorporate new technologies for learning.   This talk will outline the inclusive planning process from the viewpoint of one faculty member who was chosen to shepherd the process, from initial planning through choosing architects, designing learning and shared spaces, and applying value engineering, along with a reflection on whether the PKAL vision has been realized.


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