Quantifying utilization through data
At this time, the university lacked a centralized system for tracking the use of various spaces across leased buildings, making it impossible to accurately gauge their needs. Having already been engaged to manage the renovations of multiple university buildings and the development of a new site, DBI commenced a planning effort to optimize the real estate portfolio. DBI conducted a detailed analysis of the how the university was utilizing leased spaces across several different buildings, while also examining opportunities to lease new space in occupied buildings. Working with an architect over the course of four months, DBI prepared a data-driven restacking study that quantified the size, utilization, and lease terms for each space, as well as the logistical requirements for moving and resizing. A corresponding illustrative programming plan was prepared that clearly presented the findings and recommendations of the study.