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Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO • ACADEMIC AND INSTRUCTIONAL SPACE UTILIZATION ASSESSMENT

Fort Lewis College, Instructional Space Utilization

Rickes Associates provided Fort Lewis College with the tools and recommendations necessary to ensure instructional spaces are effectively scheduled and meeting the pedagogical needs of its faculty and 3,800 undergraduate students.

Fort Lewis College (FLC) is a liberal arts college, located in Durango, Colorado. Faculty evaluations of classrooms and the need to better utilize its existing facilities lead FLC to engage Rickes Associates to conduct an instructional space utilization analysis of its 58 current classrooms and 38 specialized instructional spaces. Limited technology, outdated furniture, and lack of wall space were some issues identified by FLC’s faculty and students.

Rickes Associates participated in over 20 interviews, group discussions, and focus groups with FLC administrators, faculty, staff and students. Three major analytical components were explored as part of the utilization analysis of the 45,000 ASF of classrooms and 41,000 ASF of specialized instructional space: weekly scheduled hours of use, average seat occupancy rates, and assignable square footage per seat.

This study demonstrated to Fort Lewis that existing classrooms and specialized instructional spaces were sufficient to meet current demand. Prudent guidance from the FLC administration and targeted investment in instructional infrastructure will ensure that the campus can evolve in accordance with the aspirations of the FLC community as a whole.