Less Is More: Campus Officials Trim Square Feet to Cut Costs

Less Is More: Campus Officials 
Trim Square Feet to Cut Costs 2

M. Scott Brauer for The Chronicle

Juanita Holler, associate vice chancellor of facilities services at the U. of Massachusetts at Amherst, 
says the renovation of South College, built in the 1880s, will be helped by an addition 
that allows architects and builders to meet present-day codes.

For more than a decade, from the mid-1990s until the start of the recession, many colleges were in expansion mode. New residence halls, student centers, science buildings, athletic facilities, technologically enhanced classroom buildings, and more, going up on a campus near you. Everyone knew they cost money—the price tag was often touted in the announcement, along with the name of a lead donor—but they signaled progress, the ambitions of a president, and fund-raising