At Ayers Saint Gross, we like to start every planning project with space analytics. Space analytics is precisely what it sounds like—a study and quantification of existing space showing existing utilization and a projection of current and future space needs.
This analysis serves as the foundation for our iterative process to identify challenges and opportunities, develop strategies, and build consensus and buy-in. In a world of constrained budgets, space analytics helps institutions achieving the highest and greatest use of capital assets. Without that analysis, the use of capital resources is guesswork—and guesswork can be costly. Recent coverage of our work in The Chronicle of Higher Education put it another way: space analytics takes the emotion out of facilities decisions.
Ayers Saint Gross uses proprietary space analytics tools such as SAMi™, a cloud-based data interactive visualization tool, an integrated planning tool, and GIS mapping, which provides a snapshot of an existing campus’ space use and overlays the data on future projections to determine prospective needs. Robust visualization is key to making data accessible to decision makers, helping them to understand the best ways to manage an institution’s physical assets.
We’ve summarized our approach to space analytics and its relation to the planning process in our most recent discipline book, Telling a Story with Data: Space Analytics at Ayers Saint Gross.
Together with our clients, we address challenges and provide a data-driven framework for decision-making. These resources strengthen an institution’s ability to prioritize investments, resulting in more robust physical resources and greater student success.