Development of the Model

UMBC enlisted the services of the consultant Joseph E. Bilotta of JBA, Inc. to guide the development and generate UMBC’s Space Model.  JBA, Inc. employed  a consensus-built process over a period of a year directly engaging over 90 faculty, deans, staff, and students.  Participants were assigned to one of ten space planning groups based upon their individual knowledge of and experience with specific space types.  The space planning groups were:

•     Animal Support Space

•     Campus Open Space

•     Classroom Space

•     General Use and Special Use

•     Housing and Food Service Space

•     Instructional and Lab Space

•     Library and Study Space

•     Office Space

•     Student Life Space

•     Support and Service Space

 Over a series of workshops with each space planning group, variables influencing and driving space needs were identified and defined for both interior building space and exterior infrastructure assets, such as recreation fields and courts.  For interior building space, both assignable and non-assignable space variables were evaluated and establish.

Interior building space types were defined in accordance with the nationally recognized Postsecondary Education Facilities Inventory and Classification Manual developed and published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The NCES classification system defines  ten major space use categories of assignable space and three major space use categories of nonassignable space as described on the website:

In UMBC’s Space Model, this classification system was modified slightly by combining the three nonassignable space use categories with the unclassified assignable space use category into a single category.  The ten space categories employed in the model are:

100        Classroom Facilities

200        Laboratory Facilities

300        Office Facilities

400        Study Facilities

500        Special Use Facilities

600        General Use Facilities

700        Support Facilities

800        Health Care Facilities

900        Residential Facilities

000        Non-assignable & Inactive

The Maryland Higher Education Commission Space Guidelines for Four-Year Public Institutions formed the foundation of UMBC’s Space Model.  Variables were customized to reflect the campus’ specific space needs applied at the department level to forecast each programs impact on the need for particular space types.

The Space Model was built upon an easy-to-use spreadsheet platform consisting of four worksheet categories:  institutional data; space factors; space allowances; and summary data.

Institutional Data

The minimum institutional data required to be entered into the Space Model includes FTE enrollment, credit hours, employee data, and space inventory.  All institutional data is keyed to unique department identification numbers that are common to all campus databases. By following this convention, periodic updates of institutional data and inclusion of new data will be straightforward.

FTE enrollment and credit hours are provided in terms of undergraduate and graduate students, and day and evening hours.  The Space Model was crafted to run scenarios projecting the impact to facilities in changes to any combination of student factors.  For the purposes of the projections developed for the 2009 Facilities Master Plan Update, only day FTE and credit hours were considered.

Employee data within the Space Model is structured after the existing EE06 employee categories:

•            Executive/Administrative/Managerial

•            Faculty

•            Professional Nonfaculty

•            Secretarial/Clerical

•            Technical/ Paraprofessional

•            Skilled Crafts

•            Service Maintenance Workers

•            Graduate Assistant

The space inventory includes all campus spaces identified by department and space use category, in accordance with the structure developed for the Space Model.  Within each of the ten major space use categories, there are subcategories following the nomenclature outlined in NCES’ Postsecondary Education Facilities Inventory and Classification Manual.  A total of 90 space use categories are employed in the Space Model.