University Facilities

Space Utilization Study

The 2002 campus master planning effort at Clemson University included an analysis of existing space on campus -- at the University, college, and department levels. Space was analyzed in terms of amount, type, and utilization. The adequacy of the amounts of space assigned for various uses was tested against state and normative standards as well as against the amounts assigned for similar uses at peer institutions.

A facility inventory was created by Clemson University as part of the campus planning process. The inventory encompassed 289 buildings, 11,000 spaces, and 4.1 million net assignable square feet (NASF). Of the total NASF, 4% is assigned to classrooms, 17% to labs and studios, 19% to offices, 5% to library use, 8% to athletic and related recreation use, 10% to resources for general and campus life uses, 6% to campus support, and 29% to residential space. The remaining 2% is unclassified or unassigned.

Lab/Studio --17%, Office --19%, Library --5%, Athletic/Special --8% General --9%, Support --6%, Residential --29%

Lab/Studio --17%, Office --19%, Library --5%, Athletic/Special --8%
General --9%, Support --6%, Residential --29%

Space allocation Models were created as another aspect of space utilization. The Models, using data that is readily available, can test a range of space related alternatives. This management tool can predict the implications on assignable space resulting from factors such as changes in enrollment, numbers of faculty, or programmatic offerings.

Classrooms are a major component of the facilities at Clemson. Utilization of this important resource can have a significant impact on perceived space needs as well as management policy.

An analysis of existing Clemson classrooms was conducted to determine if the number is adequate and if the sizes are appropriate for the course sections taught. The number and size of offices are an important issue at any university.

The Space Utilization Study analyzed faculty office sizes in a sampling of buildings. In addition to more generalized utilization studies, an in-depth, Existing Facilities Study of sixteen Clemson buildings was conducted. These key buildings were analyzed in terms of utilization as well as condition and suitability for the uses assigned.