The following interactive simulation of space modelling illustrates our ability to revise and define teaching rooms on the basis of feasible room timetables. The demonstration offers options to remove an existing building, an existing campus or define timetabled rooms for a new estate on the basis of a fixed set of data.
The modelling of an actual property scenario would take into account changes in course provision, student enrolments and teaching methods using all types of teaching facility. The dynamic relationship between methods of course delivery and required teaching space means it is prudent that the modelling process takes into account the impact of future learning strategies.
There is a proven method for calculating the justified gross internal areas and capacities of colleges and universities. Once property strategies are completed, however, many institutions report it is not possible to:
- timetable teaching facilities at a required target space utilisation level;
- accommodate all classes in the new room sets.
Such problems can jeopardise an educational mission and threaten financial viability. There are two principal reasons for these difficulties.
- It is a complex process for staff to divide a defined total teaching and learning area into facilities that incorporate planned changes in course provision, delivery methods and student enrolment numbers. As a consequence the numbers and capacity of specified rooms may be inappropriate even if the overall area is correct.
- The target space utilisation levels frequently reflect an improvement in space efficiency in the order of 50%. Timtabling strategies, and techniques that are necessary to achieve such improvements, may not have been identified and applied even if the defined accommodation is appropriate.
Stellae has the proven expertise to define teaching and learning facilities on the basis of feasible timetables and space utilisation levels. It is an approach that:
- minimises the risks associated with mission critical estate developments;
- ensures scarce capital funding generates the maximum benefits for the students and staff of colleges and universities. This is an important consideration given new funding criteria and financial constraints.
The comprehensive nature of the space modelling process enables the future proofing of new and renovated buildings.