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Aligning Strategic Planning and Facility Planning

23 March 2006

American Bar Association (ABA) Bricks and Bytes Facilities Conference - Seattle, WA

Carole Wedge with Georgetown University Law Center

Strategic flexibility: phasing for uncertainty

Saturday, 10 January 2015

One of an occasional series

Phased development can be a practical approach to project planning for a number of reasons, including financial, strategic, and operational flexibility.

Building a new facility in rational phases and allowing future occupants to fit out their own spaces is a strategy often used in the commercial development that institutions can adopt.

Many clients know they will need expanded facilities in the future, but cannot determine specific funding streams at planning outset with any certainty. Often, having additional space will open up new program opportunities such as research grants. Building generic core and shell space that can flex in the future allows institutions to react to the ebbs and ...[more]

Don’t try this at work: 1,001 planning mistakes to avoid

4 November 2012

Healthcare Design '12, Phoenix, AZ

Jennifer Aliber AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Lari Diaz AIA, KMD Architects

Don’t try this at work: 1001 healthcare planning mistakes to avoid

16 November 2011

Healthcare Design 2011, Nashville, TN

Jennifer Aliber, Shepley Bulfinch
Lari Diaz, KMD Architects
Carson Shearon, Cannon Design

Space utilization creates a buzz at university planning conference

Thursday, 24 July 2008

MONTREAL, CANADA – A presentation by senior planner Annie Newman, “Space Utilization – Not Just for Classrooms Anymore”, was a hot topic at the 43rd annual conference of the Society for University Planning (SCUP).

The SRO crowd at the session was testimony to the increased interest in space utilization as a cost-effective and sustainable strategy as colleges and universities respond to growing space needs on college campuses.

The presentation, which Annie gave together with MIT campus planner Robert Boes, was among the subjects highlighted by Scott Carlson’s coverage of the conference in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education.

Colgate University library featured in College Planning & Management

Monday, 21 May 2007

The May issue of College Planning and Management features the opening of Colgate University’s newly renovated Case Library and the Geyer Center for Information Technology.

Located at the base of the hilltop campus, the Library features a 24-hour study space, a cafe, and video conference center. Flexible workrooms are located on the new top level, which is directly accessible from the upper campus. A “Main Street” traverses the main library floor, connecting with campus pathways and creating an inviting campus portal. The renovation features an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) that provides archival-quality storage for 500,000 volumes. This provides accessible, high-density storage, retaining more materials on site while freeing ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch honored for planning in urban context

Friday, 20 December 2013

The development of new zoning in a sensitive central district adjoining the University of Arizona in Tucson was one of nine Pima County projects honored by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance at its annual Common Ground awards earlier this month. The Main Gate Overlay District received top honors in in the Public Policy category.

The new district establishes a zoning overlay that preserves historic structures within its boundaries while allow new growth and development with the density necessary for the project to succeed. The rezoning, developed as part of the planning and design for the Next and Level student housing developments, was critical to allowing the completion of the two residential towers, ...[more]

Want to be strategic about healthcare delivery? Start with a facility master plan

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

You know you need to update your healthcare facility. You’re not operating as efficiently as you could. You know what’s not working, but in this climate of “doing more with less” how do you take steps that are strategic and sound? If there is one thing that’s constant in health care delivery, it’s change: if you’re going to successfully balance current needs with the demands of an unknown future, you should start with careful facility planning.

Step 1: Know what you have
This means developing a detailed inventory of buildings, including square footages. It’s surprising how many ...[more]