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Santa Clara, CA

2004-present

Challenge

This Silicon Valley institution wanted to realign several aging facilities with its forward-looking mission and ensure that its campus facility strategy dovetailed with existing academic, residential and athletic plans. Having struggled through planning processes in the past, the campus planning administrators were ready for an integrated process that ensured successful implementation.

Approach

MKThink Strategy began with a holistic baseline assessment that documented the current campus environment. Drawing on the findings of that research, the project team worked with constituent groups to create strategic master plans for the university.

With the opening of two new academic buildings, Santa Clara University had the opportunity to shift departments into the space vacated by those groups moving into the new buildings. Instead of limiting the project scope, the university administrative and facilities leadership chose to look at the campus as a clean slate and determine the ideal location for each department in relationship with one another and with shared resources.

Solution

Consistent with the strategic master plan’s intentions and with the future space needs quantified, the MKThink Strategy team identified ideal locations for over 40 departments, 15 buildings with over 200,000 SF, and 430 faculty and staff. After testing multiple scenarios, the team came up with a “best fit” plan, which received unanimous approval from campus administrators, faculty, and staff. Today, the plan has been fully implemented, and the University is enjoying improved adjacencies, relationships, and highly functional spaces. MKThink Strategy has gone on to apply the Strategic Guidance process to other important SCU facilities projects.