There must be a proper balance between efficient space use and over-utilization of space. In order to better manage the limited space on Fort Lewis's campus, and better plan new space, a new space planning model was developed to

  1. identify master planning needs for space and
  2. more importantly, provide campus planners and administrators a tool to study its space use and budget effectively.

The campus will be able to test a variety of planning scenarios and project facility impacts due to programmatic changes being considered.

The model is being driven by two major components; people, and the amount of space people need for various functions. People include students, faculty, staff, and visitors, both existing and projected. Projections are based upon the academic planning assumptions, goals and objectives established in the master plan. The other major component is the guidelines used in projecting space needs. Guidelines used in the model came from a combination of sources included, but not limited to, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, national standards, consultant recommendations, and current College and University practices.

Space Projections Model

The space model prepares a space projection and compares it against existing space to show how more, or less, space is needed to support a given enrollment level. Space is expressed as assignable square footage (ASF) by master plan space category.

The following information summarizes the space needs and the variables used in the model to project them. The variables are programmable values that can be altered at any time to forecast the impact a program change will have on space.

It is important to view the results of this model from a macro perspective. Because planning is done on a College level and space inventories are currently kept on a department level, judgments can only be made on the new differences by space category. The following notes help clarify some results of the model:

  • Some of the projected space needs are based on the total student population and not by program or department. Others, when possible, are calculated by department. Thus space divisions 100's (classrooms and classroom support), 200's (laboratories and lab support) and 300's (offices and office support) are the only space categories that can be broken down into departmental detail
  • Service space is calculated a number of different ways, depending on space type. A number of the space categories allow for service space and a factor is included in the calculations. In many cases however, existing room inventory records do not categorize service space; therefore service space may or may not be included in each section, but is accounted for in the total projection.
  • Administrative and auxiliary function's office and related support space was calculated based upon the size of the institution, (student enrollments and faculty/staff projections).
  • The intent of the space model is to determine the overall picture of the space needs as the campus grows. It's the net difference for each space category that is important. Individual department figures provide points of further study, but are not necessarily reflective of specific deficits or surpluses.

Space Projections (current)
Space Projections (5000 FTE)
Space Planning Variables