From state-of-the-art laboratories, to innovative classrooms and acres of natural expanse, The University of New Mexico’s physical spaces are fundamentally linked to the university’s mission and community.
In commitment to ensuring the effective management of over 13.5 million gross square feet of university-owned and leased spaces and physical assets, The University’s Capital & Space Strategies (CSS) division provides strategic coordination, guidance and planning resources.
Driven by the notion that space is a valuable shared resource, the office of Capital & Space Strategies provides a comprehensive approach to space management to support decision-making around Campus Master Plan and capital plan priorities, construction and renovation planning, academic, classroom and research facilities, and office space allocation.
Having accurate information on the assignment and utilization of our space is critical to effective decision making and strategic planning. To create a shared and transparent view into how university space is currently being used, the office of Capital & Space Strategies is calling for a comprehensive campus-wide space inventory and update of UNM’s Space Database (FAMIS).
The data garnered and logged through the program will serve as a resource for examining how space can be maximized most effectively to support university priorities around supporting enrollment growth, expanding research capacity, and creating spaces for experiential learning.
An ongoing space survey will contribute to the space inventory. More than 13 million square feet of space will be recorded under the inventory and 8 campus locations around the state have already been recorded.
By building upon the dataset provided by the space survey and campus space representatives, the university will be able to see larger patterns of space occupancy and utilization and leverage this knowledge to inform decision-making. The data will also help support university reporting and compliance needs.
“The campus-wide space inventory will provide a strong foundation for ensuring responsible stewardship of UNM’s physical assets for years to come,” said Tabia Allred, planning officer for UNM Capital & Space Strategies. “University space is one of UNM’s key assets, and its effective management and use enhances our ability to fulfill our missions of teaching, research, service and patient care. Updating our inventory is a critical step that will allow space to be accounted for, assigned, and managed as carefully as our human and fiscal resources.”