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New Learning Spaces

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

In support of the teaching scholar model, the Provost’s Office has been working to generate new and enhanced learning spaces. I am pleased to report that the University has made significant progress by finalizing the long­term lease of a modern office building located at 455 El Camino Real. Slated to open in Summer 2015, the renovated 75,000 square foot building will provide much needed classroom, laboratory, and office space to the School of Education and Counseling Psychology and the School of Engineering. Fifteen new classrooms are being built, which will support the needs of graduate education in the two Schools, reducing the programs’ demands for classroom space on the main campus and dramatically increasing the University’s classroom inventory.

Santa Clara will begin construction on the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History building in April 2015. The new facility will provide a cutting­edge environment to foster the integration of creativity and innovation through the study and practice of art. When it opens in Fall 2016, the building will offer a combination of thirteen studio spaces and classrooms, which increases the University’s classroom inventory by five.

As the University embarks upon SCU 2020, detailed planning and analysis is underway to support the development of the School of Law’s new building, the STEM complex, and the Alumni Science redesign. These buildings will include a number of innovative classrooms that support the Teaching Scholar model, add to the University classroom inventory, and create greater flexibility in classroom scheduling.