Center for Engineering Education and Research lab
In 2009, KSS Architects completed a master plan for the renovation and expansion of Villanova University’s 88,400-square-foot College of Engineering Education and Research (CEER) Building located on at the university’s main campus. One of the important strategic initiatives of the master plan was to improve the overall learning environment at CEER through the introduction of active learning spaces. The renovation of CEER 105 into a projects lab was the first project to come out of this initiative.
The College of Engineering’s plan for the space was to create a space where students could work in project groups of four to six students around a single large computer screen to develop engineering concepts for real world problems. The resulting design facilitates this concept using a flexible systems furniture approach configured to allow the instructor to provide real-time support to multiple student groups simultaneously. To further facilitate flexible group work, the space also integrates a soft seating area for group discussion.
The space has been wildly successful at improving student understanding and supporting College of Engineering fundraising. Students actively apply their knowledge of engineering concepts to real engineering problems furnished by outside private industries that provide an honorarium to support activities at the lab.