The space needs assessment examined current building uses and identified future needs by space type. In discussions with the campus community, several key themes related to space emerged. The key themes include:
- The quality of classrooms and labs needs to be improved.
- Flexibility within spaces is key.
- The sense of community on campus must be nurtured and enhanced.
- Learning happens everywhere and more collaboration spaces are needed.
- Sharing of common resources is a practical and desirable approach.
- The quality of the student-life experience is important and should be improved.
- Create spaces that promote interaction among students, faculty, and staff.
The quantitative analysis identified campus needs by space type. Campus needs included:
- Largest deficit of spaces are dining facilities, assembly and meeting spaces, exhibit space and student center lounges. In particular, there are serious concerns about the quality of dining facilities due to the age of buildings and condition of infrastructure.
- Overall the quantity of academic space is sufficient. There are immediate needs for some academic departments such as sciences and engineering.
- The need for research space is based on faculty FTE in various disciplines to support current and future faculty.
- The need for office space is driven by office type, support space, and lack of conference and meeting spaces.