In this webcast, Laura Serebin and Elizabeth Strutz present a primer on best practices for developing space planning categories and benchmarking metrics for academic, science and technology, healthcare, and workplace buildings. They demonstrate methods to leverage technology and develop decision support tools for comparing space metrics across multiple buildings. They identify qualitative and quantitative data collection methods to conduct space utilization studies, including several new technologies that use sensors for a higher level of accuracy.
Mounting pressure on construction costs will impact all projects on the drawing boards, both new construction and renovations. Attend this session to get better pricing and more accurate budget figures, and better understand construction cost drivers for different academic programs. James Vermeulen and Blair Tennant deliver up-to-date construction cost forecasts based on the latest employment data, government spending trends, commodity prices, and cost data from more than 100 projects. Using analyses of equities, GDP, and construction labor markets, they illustrate regional construction pricing targets for the next two years and demonstrate bid and purchasing strategies that lock in costs and reduce risk.
Owners from every industry are being challenged to add high-energy, active, engaging, collaborative work environments that attract the best minds, build outstanding teams, and radiate productivity. In this session, leaders detail the design of Harvard’s Pagliuca Life Lab and identify the impact of furniture, technology, spatial relationships, and programming on collaboration and culture in a startup environment. They describe the impacts of building zones intended to create both public and private areas, and how modular design supports group and individual work, flexibility, and offers a quicker solution to space crunches for evolving programs.
Faced with high demand for admin offices, changing needs, and shortages of space, how can institutions restructure their campus workplace strategy to optimize the amounts, types, and locations for staff? Calling upon recent case studies of campus-scale administrative space strategies for large institutions, Elliot Felix delivers lessons learned and a proven process for assessing quality, quantity, and location of office space; introducing new workplace standards; making long-term decisions; and making the operational and organizational changes required to implement a dramatically more effective and effective staff space program across the campus.
Three case studies: Programming processes that unite and manage disparate interests in a single building
Single-program buildings are a thing of the past. The new norm is collocating multiple programs in a single building, and the associated challenges of reconciling conflicting priorities, delivering on special requirements and space needs, and managing expectations. Session leaders profile three multidisciplinary building projects and lay out a proven process for building consensus. They examine a set of tools for prioritizing and right-sizing space requirements, identify new space types capable of serving multiple needs, and provide insight into maximizing the use of capital and planning and programming space for disparate groups with populations ranging from 1,500 to 6,000.
Translating data and strategic vision into a physical space plan for engineering and applied sciences
Many institutions are constrained by quality and quantity of STEM space and struggle to achieve their vision for growth – and as a result, student and faculty recruitment and retention suffer. Here, session leaders demonstrate a process for incremental, strategic renovations that unleash the academic potential of underutilized and outdated buildings. They deliver a case study from the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science where the interdisciplinary research enterprise has been expanded utilizing existing buildings. They detail the shakeup of traditional departmental structures, and illustrate UVA’s "road map" to align the School's academic plan and strategic goals with its existing space inventory
University of Missouri’s space reduction and strategic relocation plan is reworking their campus to remove outdated buildings and put high-quality facilities and high-value programs where they can have the greatest impact. Gerald Morgan sets out decision-making criteria and action plans to identify high-potential locations, demolish facilities with inadequate infrastructure or large backlog of deferred maintenance, reduce space requirements, and reconstruct competitive facility and technology networks. He illustrates key plan components including strategically located “high touch” visitor and student centers, modern teaching environments, and scientific core facilities.
The process of furniture selection can be a major determining factor in the success or failure of workplace change initiatives – even more significant than eliminating the walls and doors of private offices. Margaret Serrato sets out an array of furniture options being adopted by leading corporations to unlock new workplace efficiencies, improve employee satisfaction and engagement, and mitigate risks. She delivers criteria for selection and placement of pods, high tables, room dividers, phone booth space, standing desks, furniture for collaboration, storage, booth seating areas, and more, to align with organizational objectives and target metrics.
The job of communicating space data is one that requires a specialized skill set; executives and department managers often don’t understand space data, or the far-reaching impacts their decisions can bring. To enrich executive-level conversations and enable informed decision-making across your organization, robust visualization, storytelling, and consistency are must-have’s. Wendy Hess examines data collection, analysis, and communication strategies employed at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to get space users invested in the space planning process, productively engage on multi-faceted issues at hand, and reach useful consensus. She profiles recent examples of space initiatives and illustrates the applications and lessons learned.
Remote workforce and team alignment/engagement strategies for engagement, productivity, customer satisfaction, cost savings
This session examines the relationship between space, workforce engagement, and customer satisfaction in two contexts: Remote working, and public-facing team-based workspace arrangements. Liz Nix examines staffing strategies, square footage allocations, remote workforce model, workstation configurations, and cost targets that have reshaped Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Patient Access Services group and improved retention, raised productivity, increased patient satisfaction, and delivered maximum space occupancy and utilization. She lays out key details for success in moving from isolated work styles to team-based neighborhoods, implementing remote worker approval and management processes, getting valuable feedback, and creating community.