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Master planning in an age of turbulent change

June 19, 2023

In Tradeline, Todd Griffith and Alex Wing discuss how schools are revisiting design and planning to reflect enrollment, funding, and older spaces

How do you measure the value of research? That’s the question many universities are contending with as they rethink and revise their master plans to reflect declining enrollments, a complex funding environment, and the realities of older facilities, amid competition for scarce resources. A fresh approach to space planning and benchmarking can help clarify the possibilities.

Todd Griffith, senior associate at Stantec, cites increased expenses and lost revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic adding up to $183 billion as a source of stress for universities nationwide. Capital spending and operating budgets are dropping, and institutions are facing a demographic “cliff” that will see a significant drop in the number of people of traditional college age starting in 2026.

Read the full article in Tradeline.

  • Todd Griffith

    Working with our team in Cleveland, Ohio, Todd is a senior associate specialized in the programming, planning and design of modern and flexible research facilities and education laboratories for a variety of academic programs.

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  • Alex Wing

    A principal and education sector leader, Alex plans and designs academic facilities.

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