Taking Space Offline

How Bowling Green State University Reined in Deferred Maintenance and Reduced Campus Size


In 2009, Bowling Green State University struggled to maintain its aging campus and keep up with changing student needs. Knowing that they could not continue to operate and maintain all of their existing space, facilities leaders launched a new campus master plan. With an emphasis on upgrading the teaching and learning platform and improving overall asset productivity and utilization, Bowling Green recognized the opportunity to better align the classroom inventory with planned curriculum needs.

Key observations from our research

1. With the consolidation of low-census sections and multi-section courses, the university estimates that they will reduce number of classrooms by 40%.

2. Increase the number of classrooms that can accommodate up to 15, 45, 60, or 100 seats to adapt to larger section sizes and more active learning spaces.

3. Assemble senior academic and administrative leaders to help translate the campus master plan into actionable milestones.

4. Use a color coded map to quickly gauge the condition of every building on campus.

5. Demolishing buildings with no long-term strategic value frees up yearly capital to address the existing maintenance backlog.

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