Our Higher Education clients are feeling disruption at the most fundamental levels of their business, mission, and vision and as we all enter a new year, we are seeking solutions. As planners, architects, and engineers, we took this opportunity to help many of our clients tackle new planning and operations challenges, as well as renewed energy and effort into student success initiatives.

What have we been thinking about with our clients? Take a look!

Aligning Short-Term Facility Plans with Vision

The difficulty of major change and institutional fatigue is a real risk in long-term planning. At the same time, aligning immediate needs and opportunities is a key to success. GMB is no stranger to what we call “bridge” plans – the bridge, or abbreviated version of long-term plans, that gets the momentum going for your institution. Our Higher Education Practice Leader authored an article on the subject prior to COVID that you might find helpful as you consider the same for your institution.

COVID-19 Impacts Health and Wellness Strategies

A broad subject, health and wellness strategies in a post-COVID world, requires us to look at ways to limit health and wellness risk for students as well as developing new ways to ensure student success.

  • Take a look at a recent article that offers system and tactical strategies to limit the spread of illness.
  • Watch a recent webinar about design discoveries geared toward COVID prevention as well as long term approaches to enhance planning, operations, and student mental and physical wellness.

Uncovering New Funding Opportunities

A major part of project planning is looking for new ways to find short-term and long-term funding. We help Colleges and Universities explore multiple strategies including:

  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Energy Generation
  • Crowd Sourcing
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Operational Savings
  • Utilization Strategies
  • Community Partnerships
  • Alumni Development

Shifting Facilities for Inclusion and Equity

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion requires an institution-wide strategy to facilitate the values and goals of the College and University. Whether your campus needs greater accessibility, universal design, gender equity, programmatic alignment, or multicultural engagement, our experience with public institutions and the communities they serve allows us to assist in a truly inclusive process. Our experience designing learning, training, and community gathering in athletic and performance facilities informs how we approach campus environments holistically. 

Meet Our Higher Education Team

David Wilkins, AIA, NCI - Higher Education Practice Leader

Expertise: Master Planning and Strategic Workshops 


Doug Campbell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Education Practice Leader

Expertise: Student Life, Funding Strategies, and Health & Wellness

Andre Maue, PE, LEED AP - Regional Practice Leader

Expertise: Mechanical Systems Planning, Engineering, and Design


Tim Gerrits, LLA, CLARB, ASLA, LEED AP - Sports Practice Leader

Expertise: Athletic Facilities

Nicole Smith, LEED AP ID+C, NCIDQ - Interior Designer

Expertise: Space Planning and Utilizaton