Higher Education

Performa has a passion and deep history serving higher education institutions. Our first client and partnership with St. Norbert College located in De Pere, Wisconsin has continued for nearly thirty years. We work collaboratively with their and other institution’s leadership team(s) to align their campus environment with their strategic vision and positively impact student learning outcomes by designing holistic teaching and learning experiences for students, faculty and staff.

Most recently, our team has designed a superior performing athletic and recreation facility, science facility, and specialized teaching and learning spaces, along with improvements to outdated residence halls and libraries.  We have completed numerous campus master plans as well as corrective maintenance plans for several campuses and are currently working on completing an ADA study for another. We believe in being there for our clients no matter what their need or ask.   View recent college and university work.

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1.31.19 The Admissions Game A perspective on the impact of early decision on future freshman classes, and on one family in particular. Read the full article here.
4.25.19 Corrective Maintenance

Can physical assets become a strategic advantage for a university? Take an alternative view of maintenance where your built environment is a strategic advantage in recruiting and retaining students. Read the full article here.

7.26.19 Welcoming the Class of 2023

A deeper look at what Generation Z students want their College or University experience to be like, the outcomes they expect, and how they will eventually contribute to society and the world. Read the full article here.

1.31.20 All Aboard the Esports Train…

Today, 175 colleges and universities are members of NACE and offer officially recognized varsity esports programs, which is less than 10% of all accredited higher education institutions in the United States. Read the full article here.

4.30.20 The New Normal

COVID 19 has created a new normal for society, the current state of being after some dramatic change has transpired. What replaces the expected, usual, typical state after an event occurs. Read the full article here.


Carolyn Glime, AIA


Ms. Glime has over 25 years of higher education campus planning experience. Throughout her career, Carolyn has been directly involved with over 100 colleges and universities, leading teams of architecture, planning, and consulting professionals to develop successful, comprehensive, and integrated space solutions for diverse colleges and universities. Carolyn works closely with college and university leadership teams, as well as consulting professionals to provide strategic, integrated and comprehensive recommendations for space needs using quantitative data such as space utilization analysis, inventories and standards, as well as qualitative information gathered from campus-wide constituencies. She also possesses substantial leadership experience, an integrated and comprehensive planning focus, a collaborative team approach, complex problem-solving skills and a strong strategic mentality.

Performa, Inc.

Performa is an architectural and engineering firm that helps higher education institutions and their students learn, grow and succeed by designing superior performing environments. Learn more about our team, at www.performainc.com/our-story/people.