ABBOTT’S TOP THREE HIGHER EDUCATION CONSTRUCTION BLOGS

Capital investments and construction in the higher education sector are challenging. From assessing sustainability solutions to ensuring the quality of the environment created for students, our experts use their experience and insight to deliver predictable outcomes in an ever-changing environment. Since projects in the higher education sector often occur within an active environment, robust management procedures are required to guarantee timely delivery, smooth operation, and, most importantly, student safety.

Below, we have rounded up links to our top three thought leadership pieces from Abbott’s leading higher education experts. Including ways, project leaders in this sector can prioritize suitable campus projects, drive sustainability, and revolutionize capital project delivery. Click each headline to read the article:

1. PART 1: PRIORITIZING HIGHER EDUCATION PROJECTS IN A CHANGING ECONOMY

Project prioritization has never been a simple task for facility managers. Planning projects in a continually changing economy only heighten the complexity of these critical decisions. With contrasting opinions mounting as to which projects really deserve focused attention, higher education projects can quickly become subject to inaccurate prioritization.

While attracting prospective students and encouraging donor engagement remains a critical factor, financial and maintenance restraints are often unforgiving. To regain perspective on the priority of projects, we can start by examining the following questions.

  • If your project team is at total capacity, is your prioritization efficient?
  • With tight budgets and significant time lost, what will it take to sustain recovery in the long run?
  • Are you using 3rd party external resources correctly?

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2. PART 2: REDEFINING CAPITAL PROJECT DELIVERY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

Capital delivery methodologies are continually being tested and re-evaluated due to the uncertainty caused by financial strain and months of suspended projects. This urgency for change often leads to further experimentation with new technologies and processes, including digital twins and artificial intelligence– (AI–) enabled planning algorithms.

However, truly redefining capital-project delivery requires more than targeted actions to affect overall value. In some cases, poor technology and process implementation can even add additional complexity and confusion. Redefining capital project delivery in this sector involves methodology, management, and, most importantly, strategically allocated team members.

We have identified five fundamental changes that could transform project performance for higher education.

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3. HARVARD’S HEALTHIEST BUILDING

The team was tasked with making the SEC the “healthiest building on the Harvard campus.” Their design has gained LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal certification in Materials, Beauty, and Equity, demonstrating Harvard’s fundamental commitment to sustainable development. An unmatched feat for a building this size, The LBC Materials Petal also certifies that the structure was built using healthier materials devoid of essential toxic chemicals and fulfill both the LBC Red List and Harvard’s Healthier Building Academy’s strict standards.

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For Further Information Contact:

Randy Thomas Managing Principal, Project & Program Manager

randy.thomas@abbott-pm.com T: 800-250-3181 D: 202-602-2199   

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