Throughout its 45-year history, Draper Aden Associates has maintained a strong commitment to serving higher education institutions in the Mid-Atlantic. A critical concern for many colleges and universities is understanding their infrastructure needs. It’s easy to focus on campus infrastructure when new projects are planned. Considering underground, utility, and other infrastructure needs is certainly important when new construction begins. However, colleges and universities increasingly face difficult challenges with regards to existing and hidden infrastructure. Draper Aden is a leading voice on proactive approaches that higher education institutions can take to address these needs. Glenn Telfer, development and technical leader for Sustainable Design, and Jeff Nelson, Educational and Institutional practice leader, shared best practices for colleges and universities to tackle underground infrastructure on campus. Their guest article was the cover story for the June 2017 issue of College Planning & Management magazine.
Glenn and Jeff explored infrastructure maintenance and repair and outlined the three-step process followed by the colleges and universities that best address infrastructure maintenance. Those steps include mapping your campus utilities and underground infrastructure using new technology, creating a condition assessment to prioritize projects, and developing an ongoing maintenance program. They also discussed trenchless technology and the benefits of these tools to assist colleges and universities. Read their complete article here. Learn more about Draper Aden’s higher education experience here.