4.2 Space Needs
Georgia State is operating at a deficit of nearly 600,000 assignable square feet (ASF) based on an enrollment of 27,000 students. The ASF deficit will be nearly 2.8 million by 2015: 1.3 million in residential and 624,000 in classroom, laboratory and office space. Special and general use space for meetings, assemblies and student activities accounts for just over 500,000 ASF. These projections are summarized by space type in Table 4.2.
Table 4.3 illustrates how planned demolitions (row B) or disposals bring the total deficit to almost 4 million ASF (row C). Proposed projects totaling 2.45 million ASF (row D) and reprogrammed buildings totaling 190,000 ASF (row E) are factored in to arrive at a total space deficit of 1.3 million ASF in 2015 (row F). This 1.3 million ASF is considered unmet need to be accommodated through additional new projects. A strategy for accounting for this unmet need is described in detail later in this chapter.
Table 4.4 outlines a strategy for determining how many buildings will be required to meet the additional unmet need of 1.3 million identified in the plan. The ASF is converted to GSF to determine total building footprint.
While the university will prepare detailed programs for all future building needs, the following strategy outlines a potential approach to meeting this demand. The initial step is to understand the building footprint requirement, which in this case is approximately 2.2 million gross square feet total or approximately:
The university could assume that classrooms, laboratories and offices will be built as combined facilities. Based on the numbers above, this equates to approximately 288,000 GSF. Given that spaces from the 400, 500, 600 & 700 categories are typically found in combined facilities, the consulting tem made assumptions as to the percentage of each space category in a new planning number of 354,000 GSF could be used to determine the number of buildings. If the committee’s stated goal of a 10 story minimum for new facilities is followed, this need could be met with three new 220,000 GSF buildings.
We recommend that classrooms be configured on no more than three floors to promote interaction and minimize elevator traffic. This approach would allow for offices or labs to occupy the upper floors of a combined building. figure 5.5 illustrates this concept.
The remaining library space could be met through the addition of a special collections facility that would allow for reshuffling of space in the existing library.
The remaining deficit in student activity space is primarily the result of limited space in existing campus buildings and limited room for expansion of the student recreation center. This unmet need could be satisfied by increasing the spaces provided for in the combined building strategy described above. A more detailed programming effort will be required to determine specific needs in this category.
The deficit in storage space could be met through the acquisition or rental of off-site storage needs.
The remaining residential need is imagined to be met through the addition of projects similar to the Piedmont Ellis complex as well as scattered site housing.
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