College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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F&E 2 012 Furniture & Equipment ease of maintenance, and to keep costs down. Yet should the design of the admis- sions offi ce look like the campus police command center? Do faculty offi ces and campus support offi ces handle the same kinds of work, or respond to the same fl uctuating departmental needs? The answers, of course, are that they shouldn't and no, they don't. Leading insti- tutions of higher education should ensure that every discrete department is designed Appearances matter, and signifi cant campus research has shown conclusively that the physical condition of college facilities impacts faculty and staff morale, eff ectiveness, and retention. WORK SPACES The University Workplace Faculty of⇒ ces and administration interiors that work. By Marlyn Zucosky, IIDA the university campus is a city in microcosm. All the systems and struc- tures needed to support a municipality are required to run a college campus. Deci- sions that shape the design of these support spaces, however, often fall to a small group of stakeholders: trustees and high-level administrators, usually in consultation with the campus architect or design-and- construction department. Keeping up is a challenge; as a result, the offi ces and workplace interiors often are old and out of date. To be more effi cient and successful, campus workplaces should be updated and — where possible — even standard- ized from department to department. It makes sense to standardize on fabrics, furnishings, and work- stations — mainly for visual consistency, 36 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 to its own best practices for programming, design, and fi nishing, with its individual purposes in mind. The resulting facilities will last longer, require less maintenance, and are more effi cient, bright, and uplifting for the occupants. Examples of such exemplary workplac- es include those at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, where the school recently renovated a number of its offi ce installa- tions. To plan and create the revamped interiors, we borrowed strategies and furnishings from a variety of models, including trends in the corporate world, nonprofi t headquarters, and other leading workplaces for their contributions to sus- tainable, successful work environments. Many techniques can be transplanted from the corporate sector to the academic world, with tweaks, for the benefi t of the entire school. Our overarching goal when approach- ing campus administrative spaces, however, is to avoid the tired paradigms of the past — for example, that faculty offi ces or a campus safety department must be given the smallest share of design WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTOS © JEFFREY TOTARO

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