The University of Delaware Space Utilization Study examined the use of academic and student life space at the Newark campus. Given a context of likely constrained capital and operating resources, the study identified opportunities for efficiency improvements and suggested small-scale renovation prototypes that test innovative solutions for campus space needs. Our primary findings were that space issues at Delaware were more issues of quality than quantity and that a more robust active space management function represented a significant value proposition for the university. The study focused primarily on four space types: office, instructional, student life, and research. On the financial side, we explored potential changes to the university budget model that would better enable it to emphasize reinvestment in existing facilities. Understanding campus social networks was important, and we drew several “galaxy diagrams” to explore collaboration and research patterns. The goal was to provide actionable information and practical suggestions, propelling the university on its path to prominence.
The university's new president has now established an ambitious enrollment growth plan for the university, and we are working on an update to the university's instructional space use to determine, at the major level, what growth can be absorbed in existing facilities, and how existing facilities can potentially be reoriented to minimize the need for new construction.
DumontJanks team members led the development of portions of the above project while employed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. DumontJanks is not associated with Sasaki.