Value Adding Space Management in Higher Education

Mette Tinsfeldt, Per Anker Jensen

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    Purpose: Develop a methodology for space optimisation in educational facilities, that can add value to organisations with particular focus on gymnasiums in Denmark.
    Background: Gymnasiums are pre-university higher educational institutions, which in 2007 went from being state-owned to being self-governing. Many older gymnasiums face the challenge that the institutions’ buildings and spaces are unsuitable to support modern teaching methods. A space optimisation process can help overcome some of these challenges as long as it makes use of a holistic analysis, is related to the strategic objectives of the organisation
    and reflects the organisational culture as well as the teaching methods.
    Approach: The research is based on case studies of two gymnasiums utilising an array of different methods based on a combination of the evaluation methodologies Post Occupancy Evaluations (POE) and the Norwegian USEtool. The study examined which aspects should be included in a space optimisation process in order to add value and included extensive user involvement.
    Results: A number of space optimisation initiatives that could lead to improvements in space utilisation as well as in the learning environment were identified. The study also provides a critical assessment of POE and USEtool, and proposes a new space optimisation process.
    Practical implications: The research provides examples of how value adding space optimisation processes can be undertaken using a combination of different methods, including extensive user involvement, and recommends a new space optimisation procedure.
    Research limitations: The research is based on two case studies of gymnasiums in Denmark, which limits the possibility to generalise, and the new recommended procedure has not been tested.
    Originality/value: The study provides a critical evaluation of the combined use of POE and USEtool and represents an original contribution to the development of knowledge and methodology of value adding space management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of CIB Facilities Management Conference 2014
    EditorsPer Anker Jensen
    PublisherPolyteknisk Boghandel og Forlag
    Publication date2014
    ISBN (Electronic)9788750210696
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventCIB Facilities Management Conference 2014: Joint CIB W070, W111 and W118 Conference - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 21 May 201423 May 2014


    ConferenceCIB Facilities Management Conference 2014


    • Space Management
    • Higher education
    • Learning environment
    • Value adding
    • Case study

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