Planning for Higher Education Journal

Benchmarking: A New Approach to Space Planning

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From Volume 27 Number 3 | Spring 1999
By Ira Fink
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institution(s) referenced in this resource:
Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University-Main Campus, University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, The University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University

Examines traditional assumptions underlying space management and proposes an alternative approach to projecting space use. Specifically, the author recommends making projections based on space per faculty rather than space per student, and then comparing these projections with the space allocation at peer institutions. Problems with traditional methods of space allocation are discussed, as is the process of implementing this approach and identifying comparable institutions.

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