College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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F&E 2 012 Furniture & Equipment ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME. In addition to creating attractive administrative campus spaces with attention to colors, textures, and a good amount of natural light, also invest in comfortable, ergonomic furniture. A cheap chair can cause back pain, contributing to complaints and absenteeism. An ergonomic chair provides lumbar support, has a seat that is height- adjustable, has enough width and depth to support any user comfortably, and has enough padding to be comfortable to sit on for extended periods of time. Also, a good desk will include systems to get rid of annoying "cable spaghetti" underfoot. consideration. Appearances matter, and signifi cant campus research has shown conclusively that the physical condition of college facilities impacts faculty and staff morale, effectiveness, and retention. Designer Linda Pye of Charlottesville, VA, has reviewed industry studies, concluding that "improved motivation and an overall enhanced learning environment result from improvements in building quality" and workplace designs. Best Practices for Campus Of⇒ ces So how best to approach a project like Princeton, especially challenging be- 38 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 cause the school's existing structures and longstanding traditions defi ne so much before the design team has even arrived? Our approach is to lobby the client for some latitude to experiment with strategies and systems choices that, while perhaps not traditional, best serve the individual pur- pose of each space. The ultimate criterion WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM TOIP RIGHT AND BOTTOM PHOTOS © MICHAEL SLACK

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