Underutilized space: Yesterday’s costly problem is today’s education solution

Alexander K. Wing, AIA, NCARB
Gregory Berndt, AIA
Senior Associate

Irony: The pervasive problem of poor space utilization that has plagued higher ed for decades may now be the salvation for return-to-campus plans and the related spike in new space requirements and demand for resiliency. Alex Wing illustrates how colleges and universities can identify, capture, communicate, and leverage underutilized space on campus for short-term “black swan” space needs while supporting long-term institutional goals including multi-disciplinary collaborative initiatives. He examines investments in space quality, location, and functionality upgrades to postpone new construction and support enrollment growth and competitiveness. He also illustrates space solutions considered politically untenable yesterday that are today’s low-hanging fruit.

Continuing Education
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