Colleges and universities are continually challenged to provide students and faculty with progressive learning and living environments, increasing the quality and size of facilities, and maintaining their reputations to encourage alumni giving and attract students. Meeting these challenges requires constant upgrades to existing facilities and development of new ones, and paying careful attention to complying with applicable laws and regulations. Students and communities are becoming more insistent that operations and development are performed with an eye toward environmental sustainability.
Woodard & Curran offers broad capabilities and specific experience helping colleges and universities achieve short- and long-term planning goals, whether growing enrollment is driving the need for new housing or athletic facilities, or research into new technologies requires more laboratory space. Our client-focused approach takes advantage of our expertise in property development and redevelopment, utility engineering, site-civil design, permitting, sustainability, investigation and remediation, electronic instrumentation and controls, environmental compliance, and many other disciplines to provide creative and cost-effective solutions.
Infrastructure Asset Management
State University of New York at Albany
Woodard & Curran evaluated and mapped the University’s underground infrastructure and delivered an expandable WebGIS tool that allows the University to better manage its infrastructure assets. Read more about SUNY Albany’s asset management program.
Athletic Field Development
Salem State College
Salem State purchased a former industrial property as the site for a new, NCAA regulation baseball diamond, a multi-use athletic field, and several tennis courts. Woodard & Curran provided permitting, engineering, and risk assessment for alteration of the landfill cap to allow construction of the new athletic fields, and developed the scope for and oversaw the geotechnical evaluation to allow the proper placement and maintenance of the artificial turf surfaces. Woodard & Curran also developed design plan and bidding documents using Massachusetts’ newly-implemented Construction Management-at-Risk process, which helped Salem State control project cost and schedule. Today the former contaminated property is home to the Salem State College baseball teams, and provides practice facilities to countless Salem State students.
Wind Power Development
University of Maine, Presque Isle
Woodard & Curran provided wind resource analysis, feasibility study services, permiting, and site and utility engineering for the installation of a wind turbine at the University of Maine's Presque Isle campus.
Pace University, NY
To improve their environmental sustainability practices and programs, Pace University hired Woodard & Curran to conduct a baseline audit to identify current environmental impacts. Woodard & Curran gathered information on Pace’s operations in numerous areas including energy use, water consumption, solid waste generation, transportation, and building design & renovation. Our report on our findings demonstrated where Pace was successfully implementing sustainability measure, and made recommendations for improvements.
Large Private University, MA
Read about Woodard & Curran's support of this university when PCB-contamination in historic building materials threattened to derail a development project.
Environmental Self-Audit Program
State University of New York System
Read about our work on the 58-campus SUNY environmental audit program.
Electronic Compliance Management Tool
The Rockefeller University, NY
Needing a tool that would allow it to track multiple deadlines associated with EH&S programs and help them meet diverse compliance obligations, The Rockefeller University hired Woodard & Curran to design a web-based system that program managers use to organize and maintain a schedule of recurring regulatory requirements. The system includes advanced searching capabilities, automated reports of upcoming deadlines, and e-mail notifications of approaching deadlines.