Strategic Space Planning Framework


A key component of the Hybrid Workplace Strategic Space Initiative was to establish a framework that can be tailored to individual units based upon their specific needs, with the intent to optimize the utilization of existing space, and potentially reduce the overall space footprint of facilities across the University of Minnesota campuses.

Components of this strategic space planning framework include:

  • Identifying Strategic Space Opportunities
  • Developing an outline for Planning Process and Engagement
  • Identifying opportunities for shared Work Hubs and Campus Amenities
  • Implementing Pilot Projects to demonstrate flexible workplace concepts

Strategic Space Opportunities

The Hybrid Workplace Space Strategies Initiative implemented a University Wide Remote Work Survey to better understand remote work patterns across the University.  The survey helps identify high-flex units and suggests future planning efforts in the spaces they occupy, including strategic space utilization and consolidation opportunities.

Strategic Space Opportunities

Planning Process and Engagement

PSRE will engage with schools, colleges and administrative units to explore Strategic Space Opportunities identified as part of the Hybrid Workplace Strategic Space Initiative.

Units with a high proportion of staff working remotely may benefit from more detailed space planning and office space needs assessment based on Flexible Workplace Space Planning and Design principles. Buildings occupied by high flex units could also be targets for improved utilization, consolidation, or disposition.

While the scope and scale of planning may vary based on the needs of a specific unit, the planning process typically follows the established framework. Additional UServices departments will be engaged as space planning progresses, and projects are identified.

Process Flow Diagram

Work Hubs and Campus Amenities

Coming Soon.

Pilot Projects

Coming Soon.