Northridge, CA • TEACHING, LEARNING, OFFICE AND RESEARCH SPACE NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Rickes Associates was tasked by California State University Northridge (CSUN) with a focused review and assessment of the University’s current needs for faculty office, research, computer lab, and teaching laboratory spaces, and to determine any “opportunity spaces” that might be available for repurposing.
As part of a Teaching, Learning, Office and Research Space Needs Assessment at California State University Northridge, Rickes Associates was invited to review just over 622,000 ASF of space, or roughly 30 percent of all assignable space on campus. Space types reviewed included faculty offices, research laboratories, specialized instructional spaces, and self-instructional computer laboratories.
In concert with review of current strategic drivers, including trends in enrollment and personnel, walkthroughs and stakeholder interviews were conducted to understand how spaces are currently used and distributed, and to determine where any “opportunity spaces” might be available for selective repurposing. Focused analyses of teaching lab spaces and faculty offices were also conducted in order to determine current and future needs for space in these categories.
Overall, more than 230,000 ASF of “opportunity spaces” were identified as potentially available for repurposing, responding to needs identified in the teaching lab and faculty office space analyses.