Responding to Education Sector Challenges
We deliver well-designed buildings and infrastructure shaped by a profound understanding of the educational requirements of each establishment. WSP has close ties to the communities we work in – we work where we live. Motivated by this connection, our teams are able draw on local and global expertise to support schools, universities, local authorities, and government bodies in meeting the high standards demanded by today’s students while responding to the challenges of increasing budgetary constraints, the ever-growing reliance on technology, new expectations from students, security needs, and the impacts of climate change.
Sustainable Academic Infrastructure
WSP designs sustainable academic buildings that are healthy, safe, and fit for purpose. A positive and productive atmosphere contributes to improved student attention by ensuring high levels of comfort, air quality, natural lighting, and acoustics.
It is not just about buildings: our transport specialists develop safe and healthy ways for children to travel to school while reducing traffic congestion and pollution. In addition to designing inherently low- energy buildings, we consider the environmental impact of educational facilities on their surrounding areas, addressing issues such as water, materials, ecology, and land use.
21st Century Learning Environments
Whether our involvement is in a new building or the modernization of existing facilities, we work closely with clients to develop flexible learning environments adapted to the rapidly evolving requirements of the 21st century. Above all, we are committed to delivering sustainable solutions which support academic aspirations and help educational institutions attract and retain students and staff, in turn contributing to the wider community.
K-12 spaces must be inspiring and inviting, as well as designed to survive the daily wear and tear of thousands of children and adolescents over the course of decades – that is, all within strict budget constraints. With a long list of successful projects, we recognize that flexibility is crucial to design. Whether classrooms need to be able to change physical sizes and layouts or electrical systems need to allow for increased connectivity and digital support, we have the expertise and knowledge to address virtually any challenge no matter how large or small.
In addition to high performing and adaptable classrooms, we also deliver solutions that take into account the whole system. That includes administration offices, cafeterias, playgrounds, gymnasiums, labs and libraries. We create welcoming spaces where children, teachers, administrators and mentors can thrive.
Colleges and Universities
Our education sector experts have provided engineering and advisory services to hundreds of universities and colleges. From parking garages, parks and landscapes, to specialized research laboratories and library facilities, to the student accommodation, lecture, and dining halls – we deliver on all aspects of campus life.
Recognized by our peers for excellence, our services for post-secondary institutions include, among others, structural engineering, buildings services engineering, lighting design, acoustics, sustainability consulting, and project management. Projects like the University of British Columbia’s Library in Vancouver, the new campuses for Goethe University in Frankfurt, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Manhattanville campus of Columbia University in New York demonstrate our ability to deliver expertise across the globe.