Golden Gate University
MASTER PLAN AND VISION
Student-centered optimization of a five-acre urban campus
MKThink conducted a needs assessment that inventoried physical space, studied classroom utilization and occupancy, examined scheduling, evaluated administrative office configurations, and administered school-wide surveys. Golden Gate University asked, how they might optimize their five-acre campus with improved space utilization without compromise to the student experience. MKThink responded by realigning the university’s One University campus plan from 2015 with present-day and future academic goals. Through online collaboration software, MKThink conducted remote workshops to refresh student, instructional, and operational needs. University-wide surveys, course-and-classroom utilization analysis, and scheduling models validated user requirements and the efficacy of the resulting space plan. The assessment led to a 20% reduction of the campus footprint and a space cost allocation model that maintain all the unique and universal student needs. Strategic use of libraries and event spaces as well as introduction of contemporary pedagogical or workplace strategies made the optimization feasible.