Academic Affairs has contracted with Rickes Associates, a higher education space planning and programming firm, to conduct a comprehensive space needs assessment. This assessment will focus on current and future utilization needs for teaching labs, faculty offices, research spaces, and other Academic Affairs spaces on campus. The intent is to align our space usage with emerging programmatic and capital priorities, in consideration of the University’s strategic vision.
The expectation is that this space needs assessment will help identify how current Academic Affairs space is currently being used and where changes are needed to better fit the evolving needs of our units. This will entail identifying underused or inappropriately used spaces, areas of fragmentation that would benefit from co-location and/or reorganization, and areas in which redesign and renovation may lead to improved utilization.
The first phase of the project will include the collection of institutional data, including Academic Affairs facility dimensions and configurations, personnel information, and enrollment data. This phase will happen largely “behind the scenes” and will not affect most faculty or staff. The second phase of the project will begin in the fall semester with group interviews of key academic and administrative representatives to assess the adequacy of current space and future needs.
The project is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete. We appreciate the patience and cooperation of the Academic Affairs community during this process. We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this assessment and discussing implementation strategies in Spring 2017. Planning information, progress reports, and an evolving FAQ section will be posted on the Space Needs Assessment website.