See, understand, and interact with the resources at your institution.

What is Space Analytics?

Our Space Analytics studio develops short-term and long-range strategies for the transformation and growth of physical resources by documenting existing conditions and providing real-time data on how institutions utilize and manage space. Our collaborative process supports consensus-building with a respect for the higher education enterprise and each institution’s distinct mission.

Assessments Offered

Space Needs Assessment

Analyzes how much space is needed and compares it to the amount of space currently built.

Space Needs Assessment

Appropriate space metrics are used to determine the amount of space needed by space category (classrooms, offices and research space). The total outcomes show a range of space need. 

Identifies types of space and the units needing space. In some cases, an overage of space is identified through an assessment.

Scheduled Use By Day & Time

Illustrates the number of rooms scheduled by day and time according to an institution’s scheduling grid.

Scheduled Use By Day & Time

The analysis demonstrates if additional scheduling capacity exists throughout a week and determines popular scheduling times on campus – such as Monday through Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm.

Identifies scheduling inconsistencies which may prevent efficient scheduling. A precursor to reviewing scheduling policies at an institution.

Instructional Space Utilization

Determines how classrooms and class labs are scheduled and used.

Instructional Space Utilization

Measures weekly room hours, seat fill percentage, weekly seat hours, and square feet per student seat on a room by room basis that can be grouped, totaled, and averaged as an appropriate to the institution.

Understands how well spaces are being scheduled, indicating whether spaces are needed or how growth or changes in pedagogy could be accommodated.

Classroom Demand

Determines how course enrollments align with the classroom capacities.

Classroom Demand

Illustrates classroom capacities needed to support current and proposed curriculum course enrollments. For example, an institution may perceive the need for larger classrooms but course data reveals the need for medium-sized classrooms. The result may be the need for technology within a larger classroom versus a larger classroom itself.

Guides institutions to determine investment need (i.e. technology) versus building larger spaces.

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Facilities Audit + Inventory Development

Develops a room-by-room inventory or update existing inventory.

Facilities Audit + Inventory Development

Collection of existing information such as floor plans and inventory databases. Touring spaces on campus to document occupants, space classification, seat counts, and square footage.

Provides a snapshot in time of valuable real estate assets.

Planning Tools

Planning tool development to support informed planning decisions.

Planning Tools

Institutions need tools that allow them to change analysis outcomes by altering key inputs.

These customized planning tools whether spreadsheet based or a full database management system reflect the needs of key stakeholders.

Comparative Analysis

Determines how space compares to peer and aspirational institutions.

Comparative Analysis

Data collected from a hand selected group of institutions compares the number of students, faculty, square footage, characteristics and program mix allowing an institution to see where space deficiencies may exist between different space categories.

Identifies space shortages that may exist after conducting a normative analysis. Reviewing aspirational institutions finds space growth areas an institution requires to transform itself into future vision and mission.

Space Metrics + Standards

Establishing space metrics and standards to determine how much space an institution needs.

Space Metrics + Standards

Space metrics and standards create the foundation for a normative analysis. Different space categories require unique ways of determining space quantities. These are based upon:

  • credit hours
  • the number of students on campus
  • research productivity levels
  • the number of faculty and staff
  • minimum dimensions of core facilities

Provides institutions with ways to calculate the amount of required space to conduct their day-to-day activities.

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Space Reallocation / Migration

Creates a plan to reallocate space across a campus.

Space Reallocation / Migration

Campuses undergo multiple transformations – programs and functions become spatially fragmented and addition of new programs create functional misalignments. Expanding the built environment creates space vacancies providing opportunities to realign specific programs or functions.

Helps develop synergies between programs and join fragmented programs. Creates a cohesive plan to best use space resources that reinforce strategic goals, vision, and mission.

Priority of Needs

Brings together various complex issues to make informed planning decisions.

Priority of Needs

Provides a ranking and scoring tool incorporating objective, quantifiable measures and subjective, qualitative measures.

Objective measures include space shortages, utilization, building quality, functional quality, growth, and research productivity. Subjective measures include impacts of new construction, direct strategic initiatives, and targeted areas of growth.

Illustrates academic and administrative programs with the greatest need for new or renovated space and helps prioritize needs on campus and eliminates the squeaky wheel syndrome.

Educational Efficacy Assessment

Assess how well physical buildings address the functional needs of the programs it contains.

Educational Efficacy Assessment

A subjective assessment measures the suitability of a facility to its programs. A building may never suit its intended purpose – issues as floor to ceiling heights and access to daylight can affect various functional spaces.

Provides an institution with additional qualitative views of space needs beyond the quantitative measure of space and the building condition.

Program Planning

Determines space needed for renovation and new construction projects.

Program Planning

Creates a space program based upon use expectations, delivery methods, and vision that provides efficient, functional space and helps guide decision making when budget restrictions force an alternate plan.

Ensures the academic vision is realized in the physical design response.

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How we do it — SAM and SAMi

Our iterative process is not a rote exercise. Telling the right facilities’ story in numbers is an ongoing, interpretive process. An integral part of any needs assessment is client engagement. We will help you understand your campus needs through two unique applications SAM (Space Analytics & Modeling) and SAMi (Space Analytics & Modeling interactive datavisualization).

Contact

Interested in learning more about our Space Analytics services? Would you like to demo our SAMi our visualization tool?
Fill out the form below to get in touch with studio principal, Lisa Keith.