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ERIC Number: ED178144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul-9
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Space Planning: A Basis for Cost Containment.
Snyder, Fred A.; And Others
Decreasing budgets and enrollments, the reluctance of state legislatures to provide funds for higher education facilities, and the rising costs of energy necessitate the development of space ownership management. Three patterns of space planning problems have developed at different colleges: (1) costly, underutilized facilities due to optimistic overbuilding in the 1960's; (2) facility imbalances across departments and type of facility due to uneven enrollment development in different academic areas; and (3) critical facility shortages at colleges which did not effectively compete for capital funds during the 1960's. All colleges, however, face facility budget constraints due to the need to house and maintain instructional technologies, such as "learning resource centers," and to eliminate architectural barriers for the handicapped. Although colleges rarely repay the tax authorities that provide capital funds, a true space cost formula should be developed which includes capital recovery, as well as maintenance, energy, and depreciation factors. The reduction of these costs can be effected by leveling the distribution of classes throughout the day and week. Since this is accomplished through facility reallocation across several groups, it is important to include faculty, as well as administrators, in the planning process. (Author/JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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