College Planning & Management

MAY 2013

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BUILDING A BETTER CAMPUS 250,000 Steam btu / ft 200,000 150,000 100,000 Elec btu / ft 50,000 ng all uildi ce H Fine A rts B all Res iden all ce H Res iden all ce H Res iden all ce H Res Res iden ng ce H all Programming – Define, Then Design Programming is a valuable process that can vet presumed facility needs and uncover the root cause of space problems. The true value becomes apparent when credence is given to the programming process and it is executed in full. iden uildi Cals sroo mB all ce H ce H Res iden ary iden ents Libr Res iden t Ap artm all ding Buil ces ervi ic S dem Aca Res re ce H Res iden ter ksto Boo all Cen Cam pus ce H iden Res Scie nce Buil ding 0 The Energy Use Model for this campus showcases energy use by both steam and electricity. The information demonstrates the need to understand total energy use and energy use by resource type if the campus intends to make system-wide improvements. This information, coupled with the cost implications, will help the campus determine upon which system to focus their renovation efforts. The three key parts of a program include: 1. Departmental program — a preliminary site investigation accompanied by space unit diagrams that illustrate space shortages and inefficiencies. 2. Adjacency strategies — observations and interviews with faculty, staff, and students that lend insight to actual usage and preferences of how spaces work together. 3. Existing facility capabilities — consider the facility age as well as size and layout. A science lab built in the 1940s might be less expensive to repurpose for an alternative educational need than bring up to current standards for science. Programming is playing a larger role in projects. The Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) estimates future construction will be 90 percent renovation and 10 percent new construction (vs. their historical breakdown of 60 percent renovation and 40 percent new). Shortchanging the programming process could result in unnecessary and costly infrastructure or technology upgrades, as well as oversight of available areas. Winston Churchill once said that we shape our buildings, and thereafter, they shape us. In the face of enrollment increases, greater student diversity, changing pedagogical trends, and increased maintenance and operational costs, many community colleges are facing considerable burdens. But there is a solution, if campus administrators ensure the physical environment meets not just the needs for space, but also the needs for learning from an ever-changing student base. CPM Jeffrey Fenimore, AIA, is a principal for DLR Group (, an interdisciplinary design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design to a diverse group of public and private sector clients, particularly higher education. 48 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / MAY 2013 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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