Higher Education

Where the built environment allows students’ creative minds to grow and learn in a unique, immersive experience. A university’s built environment serves as a physical space for education but also an “identity space” for learning.


Learning Spaces

We take pride in creating spaces that foster interactions between students and faculty. Our staff provide customized solutions that cater to the mission, values and culture of our clients. Traditional learning environments using traditional rows of fixed tablet chairs, is a way of the past.

Instead, we design collaborative spaces that easily morph from lecture mode to teamwork to group presentation and discussion…and back. Designing learning spaces that maximize flexibility in mind both students and encounter a highly collaborative space that increases student’s learning opportunities.

Building Considerations

Students’ environments influence both their learning and overall experience. Given the challenges and opportunities for universities, we know each project requires a unique solution.

Our team immerses into the intricacies and nuances inherent in renovating buildings of all ages and conditions — then successfully integrates heritage with next practice strategies. Much like our designs, our designers celebrate imagination, nurture creativity, empower education and facilitate growth in the built environment.

Design Considerations

We have both a personal and professional responsibility to exceed your expectations and have the direct experience to ensure optimal project outcomes. Strang has a time-tested tradition of presenting designs with secure access points, sustainable schematics and a sense of place reflecting the campus community.

We have over 80 years’ of proven experience and success in every aspect of educational facilities. With our deep understanding, we seamlessly steward your projects through every phase, from planning to design through construction to occupancy. This team offers a fresh vision and diverse design solutions.

Design Synchronicity

Architects, engineers and interior designers are meant to work together, simultaneously sharing knowledge from start to finish. Our cross-functional thinking allows teams to be leaner and more responsive. We design the built environment based on your organization’s brand positioning. A new space is integral to your future success, and that’s important to us. 

Client Focus

Our client-focused approach ensures direct access to decision makers and the design team. Clients entrust us with their goals, visions, and yes, their budgets. When we accept that responsibility, our team becomes a proactive catalyst for your program’s growth, stewards of your mission and champions of your program.

From resource centers to lecture halls, we consider the needs of all occupants. We design the perfect classroom based on client’s needs. It’s about how we affect students, teachers and staff. Our disciplines work in concert with one another – and with you – in defining a unified holistic approach. All items combine to deliver an integrated space which came from your heart, our hands and our collective thoughts.

“I’ve been nothing but pleased with Strang’s attention to detail on this complicated building. Each of their staff disciplines are proven professionals with a real commitment to integrated service.”
- Susan C. Cook, Director | Pamela O. Hamel Music Board of Advisors

We are privileged to design facilities that foster growth of the next generation. From architecture to zoology, students use Strang designed facilities daily to help reach their goals and learning desires.

View Our Work

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Iowa State University (in development)

Ames, Iowa

The new 90,000 SF state-of-the-art VDL will provide essential infrastructure for sample receiving and processing, pathology, bacteriology, necropsy, histopathology, and an incinerator. The new construction will improve efficiency and effectiveness of the process flow while addressing critical issues of space quantity and quality and provide the necessary biosafety and biocontianment. Specialized laboratory spaces were designed with a flexible layout concept. This will allow the labs to quickly adapt to changing user needs and/or research goals.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Strang, in association with Ballinger, is currently designing an eight-story, 188,000-SF addition and a 45,000-SF renovation to bring this vital educational facility up to date. New and remodeled space will house lecture halls, active learning classrooms, offices and instructional labs. This $100 million project will feature renovated general chemistry labs, new and renovated organic and analytical chemistry labs and transform the chemistry library into an information commons.

Hamel Music Center

University of Wisconsin - Madison

The Hamel Music Center is designed to anchor the East Campus Arts Gateway and be a showcase for the Mead-Witter School of Music. The venue will host more than 350 events annually, from symphony and chamber orchestras to soloists and choral performers. The glass-walled lobby gives the building a transparency intended to mimic the educational and social connections between working musicians and the public.

Harvey Hall Theatre

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Constructed in 1916, Harvey Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The four-story building houses a 10,500-SF theatre. The Strang team restored and upgraded the theater and support spaces including the entry, box office, control booth, dressing room and scene shop. The project involved stage improvements, lighting replacement, acoustics, accessibility and life safety.

Delta Upsilon historic renovation

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Strang collaborated with the Delta Upsilon House Corporation to re-store and update their 1906 French Colonial chapter house. The restoration included entire window and door replacement, rebuilt main entry stoop, expansion under the second-story porch and complete interior renovation. The replacement strategy focused on a historically contextual system that also provided enhanced thermal performance. This project won a historic rehabilitation award for its full authentic restoration.

Laurentide Hall

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

In upgrading, renovating and adding onto Laurentide Hall, Strang’s work was as much about the students as the building itself. Renovated classrooms, programmatic improvements and mechanical upgrades were all aimed at bringing a 21st-century learning environment to an outdated and seldom-used building. After the completion of the initial project, Strang designed and executed an addition that would become the Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center.

Ingenuity Center

Madison Area Technical College, Madison

Strang worked closely with College officials to create a modern facility for teaching in the field of Advanced Manufacturing. As the public walks down the halls of the addition, glass walls allow them to view the hands-on CNC training center. The project included classrooms, faculty spaces and a high bay workspace for manufacturing labs with prototype and material testing machines.

Master Plan

Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville

This long-range facilities master plan encompasses Blackhawk’s central campus, transportation studies center, Beloit center and Monroe campus. The work included an existing building condition report for each location, facility maintenance planning, programming and campus master planning to define a 10+ year development plan.

The purpose of the plan is to help effectively guide in updating, maintaining and proactively planning for the infrastructure needed to support the college’s mission, vision and strategic goals. Upon completion the client has proceeded to renovate projects identified within their master plan.

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