Strategic Plans

The "New Rutgers": A Troika of Facilities, Finance, and Research

Newly Empowered Facilities Group Is Strategic Partner in Largest Higher Ed Restructuring in U.S. History

Published 12-16-2015

In the largest higher education restructuring in the nation’s history, the facilities group at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was elevated to a leadership role, taking its place alongside the offices of finance and research as part of an administrative troika whose heads now report directly to the president. The strategic alignment among these three functions was instrumental in allowing Rutgers to meet a legislative mandate that saw the university grow to 27 million sf in 1,009 buildings with a $3.7 billion operating budget and five different campuses in less than a year.

Computational Biology Poses New Design Challenges for Research Facilities

Exponential Growth in Data Gathering Requires Faster, Fluid Strategic Planning

Published 11-18-2015

An explosion in computation and large data set analyses is challenging the nature and processes of translational research, significantly impacting how such institutions plan for space needs. The link between strategic planning, programming, and design is much more dynamic, and requires faster feedback and the development of new metrics to drive value creation through strategic planning.

"That increase in computation has a significant impact on how we strategically plan for translational research,” says Andy Snyder, AIA, principal/architect at NBBJ.

Renovation/Utilization Strategies for Program Growth and Productive Collaboration

UT Austin Increases Capacity without New Construction

Published 9-2-2015

A new master space plan for the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Natural Sciences leverages program adjacencies and shared infrastructure to improve collaborative interdisciplinary research while maximizing space use. This “soft growth” renovation approach allows the college to increase capacity and improve efficiency without demolishing or adding new buildings.

Centralized Space Database Improves Strategic and Operational Planning

University of Michigan Medical School Manages Space as a Total System

Published 8-19-2015

A total systems approach to space management is allowing the University of Michigan Medical School to make better-informed and more objective decisions in planning for growth within 4 million gsf of existing facilities in Ann Arbor, Mich. The space management system—which continues to evolve and expand since its deployment in 2008, and recently became a University best practice—increased annual space productivity by 4.18 percent and generates an estimated yearly savings of $300,000 through improved operational efficiencies.

KU’s Strategies for Capital and Operating Savings

From Consolidating Organizations to Developing New Revenue Streams: If It Works, It’s on the Table

Published 4-15-2015

Efficiency measures adopted as part of its 2012-2017 strategic plan are forecast to save the University of Kansas–Lawrence Campus (KU) a combined $5.5 million in the areas of construction, facilities operations, and maintenance in a single fiscal year. Specific changes include consolidating maintenance organizations for better coordination and prioritization, refining best practices in both construction and financial management, and developing new revenue streams.

UTMB Builds Hard Data into Framework for Capital Investment Decision-Making

Tools to Use: Space Utilization, Facility Gap Analysis, and Facility Condition Index

Published 2-11-2015

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) has crafted a decision-making framework based on objective standards to identify and pursue the highest priorities in a massive building boom that has roughly 95 projects valued from $10,000 to $450 million currently under construction. While a large part of that activity stems from the university’s long-range master plan, a significant portion was necessitated by the devastation of Hurricane Ike, which took 1.2 million sf of the medical school’s Galveston campus out of service in 2008. 

Strategic Facility and Space Planning for Science and Research

April 20-21, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ

The new wave of strategic planning for science and research facilities involves decision-making on everything from facility modernization and expansion, asset allocations, new standards for research work environments, competitive and economical science teaching spaces, and efficient and flexible infrastructure, to new models for operating costs, economic capital investments, and profitable institutional alliances and partnerships.  At this conference you’ll learn how new strategic plans for science and research facilities are successfully being developed and implemented to address these top strategic planning issues.