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University of Massachusetts-Lowell


UMASS Lowell Space Inventory

University of Massachusetts-Lowell engaged Rickes Associates to create an expanded inventory for 1.2 million GSF, conduct a space utilization analysis, and project order of-magnitude space needs.

The North and South Campuses of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell are the main academic campuses, with over 10,000 (headcount) students and 3,100 faculty and staff. The University also occupies an East Campus. Rickes Associates (RA) created a detailed space inventory for facilities on all three campuses, and conducted an instructional space utilization analysis and determination of overall space needs for the North and South Campuses, representing two distinct master plans.

Inventory: The space inventory identified the building, room, assignable square footage (asf), space code/use, and the assigned organization, department, and sub-department of all spaces on North and South Campuses and the Wannalancit Center on East Campus. The database allowed for analysis of organizational fragmentation across campuses and provided a basis for color-coded floor plans.

Instructional: The 107 classrooms comprising 55,874 asf on North and South Campuses were analyzed in terms of hours scheduled, course enrollments, seat occupancy, and asf/station. Through its analysis, RA developed recommendations for appropriate quantities and capacity distributions of classrooms for each campus. A similar analysis of the 77 specialized instructional spaces, comprising 81,000 asf, was also conducted. RA recommendations propose an almost 40 percent increase in the square footage to provide appropriately sized spaces and accommodate enrollment growth.

Space Planning Projections: The project culminated in a space program based on detailed interviews, space utilization and enrollment analyses, surveys, and the application of best practices and planning guidelines. The program disaggregated space needs by type and campus and identified a need for an additional 266,000 asf across both campuses to support a projected 22 percent growth in enrollment, a shift to more full-time faculty, and to address shortfalls in space types such as student gathering space, study space, and secure storage.