In order to best meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and the community, Ohio University has established a Campus Space Optimization Initiative. The purpose is to “reimagine how space across all OHIO campuses can be used in order to provide the best possible learning experience for students, inspire research and creative activity, and effectively welcome visitors to Ohio University,” according to a news release. Six focus areas and work groups have been established in the areas of Formal Learning Spaces; Budget; Collaboration, Work and Study Areas; Technology, Scheduling and Space Management Tools; Student, Alumni and Community Engagement; and Research Space.
The work groups will be made up of students, faculty and staff members who will collaborate with the planning team and consultants, including architecture and space planning firm Ayers Saint Gross. There will also be public discussion sessions, plus campus community members can provide input through a Space Utilization Survey.
The Campus Space Optimization Initiative website explains that, “By creating use flexibility, simplifying tools used for scheduling, and shifting the culture around space ownership, OHIO will open opportunities for efficiency over time and divert more resources toward student impact areas.”
Read more about this initiative here.