The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a swift pivot to remote teaching, learning and working and is accelerating institutional reflections about the role of physical campuses in post-secondary education. The Campus space working group is tasked with defining what this means for Concordia.
Space in the future must be better aligned with what users do with it. It should be designed for flexibility with a mechanism for continuous improvements to adapt to the rapidly changing needs of students, faculty, researchers and staff.
Access to space
Access to a variety of spaces, including a transparent centralized booking and inventory that includes anatomy of space and data sheets.
Simple and uniform technology in classrooms and conference rooms on both campuses along with strong, and easily accessible WIFI.
Reconfiguration of existing workspaces and design of new workspaces to encourage flexibility.
Flexible collaborative spaces for staff, students, and faculty along with flexible furniture and “plug and play” technology to facilitate collaborative interactions and provide opportunity for community building.
Setting space optimization goals by reviewing class schedules and start times; centralizing space inventory; and developing space policies for classrooms, conference rooms, seminar rooms and offices university wide.
Conducting regular space audits to identify the percentage of space being used at the institution for classrooms, open spaces and office spaces.
Designing spaces that will strengthen and deepen a sense of community and belonging for all members of our community.