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Space Audit and Adequacy

Space audit and adequacy assessments provide a clear picture of how institutional buildings function.
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Instructional Spaces

Research shows that active and problem-based learning strategies promote greater student success. Appropriate space is one important requirement for realizing this opportunity. Adequacy assessments for instructional space show which rooms are aligned with contemporary pedagogies. They help make the case to improve spaces that fall short.

Great instructional spaces welcome all students and foster engagement. Students connect to one another, the instructor, and the course material. They have natural light and furniture that creates a comfortable environment for people with different physical needs. Instructors can use the space in different ways to align with their pedagogy.

Learning Space Rating System

The learning space rating system is a point-based evaluation conducted at the room level to measure the potential performance of learning spaces. The space analytics team tours every teaching and learning space (classrooms, class labs, open labs) to assess how physical space enables faculty and students to instruct and learn. These assessments are all about how users experience each space.

The system works together with existing or developed Facilities Conditions Assessments allowing stakeholders to make decisions about future learning space needs.

Learn more here: Learning Space Rating System | EDUCAUSE

Building-Level Analysis

The building level analysis evaluates which buildings are high performing academic environments. The space analytics team does not explore each classroom, office or conference space – this assessment focuses more on typical spaces, building layout and structure of the building. For example, a classroom building with double loaded corridors and opaque doors would score low on the point-based rating system. The team wants to see natural light in public spaces and spaces that encourage connection and collaboration among faculty and students.
The building level analysis focuses on two areas of deficiency in building layouts – accessibility and collaboration space. Students are learning everywhere 2/47 and if you zoom out to the building level, stakeholders need to know how spaces are supporting constant real-time learning.

Technical Functional Matrix

Our adequacy assessments are pair with FCA scoring to help make decisions about renovations and demolitions. The score we generate is along the x axis. The university provides VCA on the y axis. You follow the buildings that are on the green – don't have to spend any money on these building – light green stay the same – orange/blues - renovation candidates and – Technical score is low enough – can't reinvest in that building.
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