Services are offered directly to colleges, universities, independent schools, and cultural institutions, as well as in collaboration with other design professionals.
• Campus planning
• Facility programming
• Instructional space utilization analysis and planning
• Campus scans for strategic planning, facility needs, sustainability
• Capital project planning
Methodology and Results
The fundamental planning methodology I use is based on decades of practice in higher education and other settings. My approach reflects American Planning Association guidelines for ethical practice.
Planning is essentially an intensive collaboration between client and consultant. It is my responsibility to hear what needs to get done and then help with insights and to develop alternative concepts with my clients to achieve their goals. All planning services offered rely on personal interaction — interviews (information gathering) and discussions (evaluating alternative solutions).
The products and records for planning studies vary as much as scopes-of-services do. However, all assignments result in a report in a format to suit clients’ particular needs, some examples: multi-page, illustrated print documents (digitally produced allowing web publishing); posters; memoranda for internal communication; digital presentations (PowerPoint); or display boards with illustrative plans or perspectives.
Campus Planning . . . services may entail a comprehensive campus plan, a study to develop a rational and measured description of facilities requirements, including a preliminary estimate of capital costs. The entire site and surrounds are studied, analyzing multiple aspects of the environment and its use patterns to identify reasonable options for building sites, circulation systems, and landscape themes.
Alternatively, an abbreviated and more focused sector plan may be appropriate for an existing campus, possibly focusing on the siting of a soon-to-be-built facility.
Update plans are based on the prior comprehensive plan and direction to extend its viability to accommodate new projects not yet conceived when the prior plan was completed.
Facility Programming . . . activities are essentially the clear definition of space requirements to suit the activities and programs or services that need to be accomplished. A facility program is the first step toward identifying and controlling capital costs. A facility program document describes critical requirements and thus helps to gauge fund raising appeals, as well as being the baseline guide for the building design and construction that follows.
Instructional Space Utilization Analysis and Planning . . . studies vary widely in scope and focus. The impact of academic space scheduling bears heavily on direct mission delivery, as well as the operations budget. The current economic context suggests that doing more with less (space) is the by-word for sustaining an institution.
The design of interactive learning spaces as well as the economies of space use are both critical for effectiveness and efficiency in managing learning environments. Ergonomic subtopics include assessments of comfort (furnishings), visibility (technology), and aural conditions (acoustics, mechanical systems).
Studies of course scheduling data consistently reflect a correlation between well-designed, up-to-date spaces with efficient, if not intensive, use.
A Campus Scan for Strategic Planning, Facilities Needs, and Sustainability . . . is an intensive, short-duration service, akin to a physician taking vital signs.
A campus scan is essentially a multi-day site visit to discuss institutional needs and vision and to observe how the built environment is (or is not) contributing to success. This service may encompass an examination of a campus and its environs, or be strictly focused on one aspect of the whole, such as housing, campus life facilities, or athletics and recreational areas.
Capital Project Planning . . . is a high-level consultation working with institutional leaders to develop a coherent descriptive roster of capital projects for fundraising and continuing campus stewardship, including new building construction, renovations, landscape enhancement, and site improvements.
Believe it or not, after careful analysis and weighing reasoned alternatives, some solutions are as simple as constructing a bridge between Point A and Point B.