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Orange Coast College

Technology to Play a Larger Post-COVID Role in Higher Education Construction

Post pandemic, the future of education will likely be a hybrid of online/offline instruction. However, students will still rely on colleges for housing, study space, services and Internet access.

Colleges are upgrading student unions and services buildings including Orange Coast College which selected C.W. Driver Companies to build a 153,000-square-foot Student Union Complex featuring three buildings “that centralize student activity, incorporating recreation with student services, dining and meeting spaces,” said Dave Pintar, director of project development, C.W. Driver Companies.

To improve services for lower-income students, colleges have also been installing Wi-Fi in parking structures and other outdoor areas to make it easier for students to connect. This is especially important to students who do not have a home situation that is conducive to focused learning. Classroom infrastructure will continue to be upgraded with new technology including cameras and improved bandwidth to accommodate hybrid in-person/virtual learning.

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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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