Space Planning and Utilisation on the Post-COVID Campus

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Space Planning and Utilisation on the Post-COVID Campus

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Beyond the social distancing mandates of the present world and in one where flexible working and learning spaces are the norm, how will HEIs’ largest assets—their physical campuses and real estate—also need to evolve?

Most universities are facing some combination of several trends:

  1. Shifts in which academic programmes are drawing the largest enrollments.
  2. A spike in interest in remote instruction that is likely to at least partially persist past the end of the pandemic
  3. Evolving student preferences in the types of space that students want to use on campus. Each of these trends calls for a different, and potentially smaller, campus footprint. 

In determining the next steps forward—including whether to divest or redeploy space—HEIs have tough decisions to make. How much office, classroom, lab, library, etc. space they will need, and what that space should look like? What is the optimal allocation of classroom space per student post-COVID? For certain spaces—such as those protected by historical preservation—are there alternative uses of space that HEIs should consider?


This session, co-hosted with the University of Birmingham’s Trevor Payne, will bring together Estates leaders from around the globe to exchange ideas and learn from those who have already made big bets on the future of space planning and utilisation.

The session is best suited for Heads of Estates and Heads of Facilities.

  • Thursday, March 11 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    • For UK and European partners, please note the session is scheduled at 16:00 – 17:00 Greenwich Mean Time or 18:00 – 19:00 Eastern European Time.

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