Pulse is an interactive survey tool designed in-house and developed to remotely engage large groups of stakeholders. It is a key planning resource for investigating patterns of use and obtaining feedback at the scale of a building or campus. Pulse is easily customizable, fast to deploy and has a robust dashboard for data analysis. It is uniquely well-suited to post-occupancy evaluations and documenting detailed patterns of use in healthcare and laboratory settings. Recent projects at the University of California at Berkeley, Tulane University and the Pennsylvania State University utilized results from Pulse to inform planning and design decisions.
Payette’s building suitability tool is a technical rating system designed to assess a building’s highest and best use. It is distinct from condition analysis as it does not quantify asset depreciation. Ratings for dimensional, structural, mechanical, enclosure and servicing features are quantified and compared against ideal ratings for various types of laboratory buildings. The diagnosis informs judgements about the degree to which cost premiums or design complications are necessary to support lab uses. The tool facilitates valuable dialogue with facilities representatives and results in capital prioritization recommendations. Buildings are classified as candidates for demolition, conversion to non-lab use, or continued programmatic use.
lab planning dashboard
We built this interactive dashboard to quickly estimate research space needs based on a population and to compare metrics across our projects. It describes the total footprint of a researcher, accounting for office, community and experimental space needs. Our lab planning process draws upon this library of lab typologies as a point of comparison when estimating new space needs and building capacities.
Benchmarking can be challenging because institutions often categorize space and people differently. For example, neuroscience teams working at a cellular level, or on human behavior, or on animal behavior will have different space needs depending on the type of research they are conducting. While we benchmark science and healthcare typologies against peer institutions, we also maintain an internal project database enabling us to compare metrics, trends and allocations within our own buildings.
classroom utilization analysis
Learning environments should reflect the curricular mission and pedagogical needs of each institution. Our sophisticated process of analyzing and forecasting needs for classrooms and teaching labs takes new modalities, enrollments and course combinations into account. This analysis maximizes value by combining room size and design recommendations with demand solutions such as scheduling and policy changes. The result is greater efficiency and space utilization in addition to qualitative upgrades and technological enhancements that make classrooms adaptable and flexible.