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Dickinson College


Dickinson College Space Program

In support of its academic mission, faculty, and 2,400 students, Dickinson College engaged Rickes Associates to create an order-of-magnitude space analysis as part of an educational space planning study.

Dickinson College, a private liberal arts college, had almost 800,000 ASF of institutional space that was being considered for capital and non-capital improvements. Classrooms, specialized instructional space, office space, the Waidner-Spahr Library, residence halls, and athletics, were among the space types being considered for renovations. Rickes Associates (RA) assisted with renovation decisions by formulating optimal current and projected space needs based on existing and projected enrollment, programmatic changes, strategic drivers, and integration of the existing master plan programs.

Interviews with key stakeholders were conducted and surveys were administered to staff, faculty, and students. An instructional space utilization analysis was completed as was an inventory of existing space. Opportunities to keep pace with growing enrollments and evolving pedagogies were explored. The order-of-magnitude space analysis assisted in ensuring that new capital projects would effectively address current space challenges while remaining flexible to future needs.