College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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F&E 2 012 Furniture & Equipment Faculty Offi ces. A very different set of challenges comes with faculty offi ces in academic departments. More than ever, the offi ce plan must strike a balance between private spaces for permanent or tenured professors and shared space for adjunct personnel, not to mention departmental administrative staff. As it happens, shared faculty offi ces are nothing new; hoteling and "hot-desking" in the corporate world may very well be a trend that the corporate world borrowed from academia. In fact, faculty offi ces, especially private ones, tend to be empty as much as 70 percent of the time (see sidebar below). Open offi ce plans are becoming more common in departmental settings. At Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design, specifi cations tend toward open-plan work- stations in many higher-education offi ce projects, providing a shared-desking para- digm similar to hoteling. Some university leaders, however, will remain conserva- tive in their approach to design and resist changes. For those groups who prefer the traditional offi ce layouts, the design solu- tion can incorporate a smart investment in fl exible furniture and movable partitions; easy reconfi guration encourages impromp- tu meetings and collaboration, too. The university should also consider glass partitions where applicable, since they can I CAN SEE THE LIGHT. To provide a productive working environment, lighting must be designed for long-term occupant comfort. Lighting the wall and ceiling reduces contrast, shadows, glare, and distractions. While the desktop and the worker's task area should be the brightest surface in the room, the walls, ceiling, and partitions should be about one-third as bright. contribute to a natural illumination strategy while encouraging collaboration. For faculty offi ces, they also boost interaction with students, inviting them to stroll in. Support Services. Successful colleges are also adapting existing and historic campus buildings for new uses as the workplaces of key support services. A major part of the Princeton workplace renovations was the adaptive reuse of a for- mer boiler house to accommodate both the Department of Public Safety and the Offi ce of Physical Planning. A later building addi- Shrinking Spaces REORGANIZATION STRATEGIES Faculty offi ces, especially private ones, are empty 70 per- cent of the time. From a per-square-foot perspective, this is an enormous waste, especially in light of shrinking endowments and scarce capital. The reality of enshrined faculty offi ce space for tenured professors may represent an unsustainable cost to universi- ties, even when the offi ces were originally built from "remnant space." As student bodies grow (to maximize tuition revenue) and outpace the real develop- ment of new facilities, there is no more remnant space. Reorganization strategies for higher education that maxi- mize the use of space do not need to cause the faculty and 42 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 Reducing square-footage allocation per employee is essential to institutional viabil- ity; the answer is to introduce strategies that allocate time as well as space: square-foot- hours, instead of simple square footage. staff to cry in protest and gnash their teeth. Open offi ce plans featuring hot-desking can prove popular when placed near easily accessible, perhaps reconfi gurable, private meeting space. Offi ce hoteling can also be effec- tive when combined with adminis- trative oversight, to avoid confl icts and resulting frustration. The fact is, space represents a cost to the university, and support space like faculty offi ces can rarely be viewed as revenue generating. Reducing square-footage al- location per employee is essential to institutional viability; the answer is to introduce strategies that allocate time as well as space: square-foot-hours, instead of simple square footage. WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM tion was removed and new fl oor levels were inserted within the original structure's shell. The interior spaces contrast the ex- isting industrial character of the building and the crisp, modernist aesthetic of the new offi ces. The north façade is open, to take full advantage of available light. Open work areas were used wherever possible, utilizing landscape furniture systems. Glass walls or transoms are included in private offi ces along the southerly façade, to capitalize on the daylighting fi ltering from across the fl oor. The Public Safety offi ce required a control room, interrogation and detention rooms, locker rooms, meeting areas, and holding cells. Between the rugged employ- ment of the space and the high frequency of interaction with students — not to men- tion the 24-hour occupancy and use — the space is fi nished with materials for maxi- mum durability. The fl oors are primarily hard, resilient materials, such as stone, wood, and linoleum, while carpet is only used in private offi ces. Wall fi nishes and furnishings refl ect this purpose as well. Specialized Departments. Certain campus offi ces may more liberally borrow from their counterparts in the commercial sector because of their more highly

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