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Stanford Law School

2020 ‘FUTURE FORWARD’ FRAMEWORK PLAN UPDATE  

Defining the next ten years of campus experience to adapt to changing expectations for face to face, on-campus experiences

Recent faculty and staff growth, changing facility and staff use patterns, along with new curricular and technology trends were proving increasingly difficult for the Law School to accommodate within the existing physical framework of the campus. The law school enlisted MKThink to update its 2001 'Future Forward’ plan and create a dynamic framework for the next era of growth into 2035. With MKThink, SLS initiated an audit, assessment process to gain qualitative and quantitative insights into the effectiveness of its current space and to identify future-forward strategies that could be achieved over the next 10 years. Investigations revealed the need to expand facilities as well as right-size and modernized key spaces around student and faculty experience. SLS prioritized optimizing its current facilities first, with a focus on under-performing portions of Crown Quad, before considering its need to expand. As a result of MKThink’s findings and strategies, Stanford Law School enlisted MKThink to design a multi-year program of classroom and event space renovations to right size learning spaces, increase teaching flexibility, and improve student interaction and sense of inclusion and belonging.

PROJECT:

DATES: 2019-2020
CITY: Stanford
STATE: California
SIZE/SCALE: 200,000 SF
MARKET: Higher Education

SERVICES:

CHALLENGE: Recent faculty and staff growth, changing expectations for student experience, along with new curricular and technology trends were proving increasingly difficult for the Law School to accommodate within the existing physical framework of the campus.
SERVICES: User Audit, Culture Audit, Space Audit, Needs Assessment, Experience Design, Master Planning, Strategic planning, Visioning, Utilization and Occupancy.
RESULT: As a result of MKThink’s findings and strategies, Stanford Law School enlisted MKThink to design a multi-year program of classroom and event space renovations to right size learning spaces, increase teaching flexibility, and improve student interaction and sense of inclusion and belonging.