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As of March 2012, articles, facts and other information which may be "Of Interest" to website visitors are now being streamed directly through Marwan George Khoury's Twitter account @khourygroup .  Please follow through the link below.

Older posts will remain on this page for now.


March 8, 2011

Over the years, many clients have asked me questions about ergonomics and I have always relied on one of the following three sources for readily available and trustworthy information to answer queries.  Check them out.



Cornell University Ergonomics Lab 

March 1, 2011

An interesting article in "Buildings" about the latest trends in the design and functionality of educational and school furniture. Worth a quick read at link below:

School Furniture Reflects Function



February 22, 2012

The Society for College and University Planning SCUP is a worthwhile society to join if you are extensively involved in the planning, management and/or daily operation and administration of university,college and other facilities for higher education.  Of particular interest to space programmers and planners is the Publications and Resources sections of the website. Note that some resources are available to members only.  

October 27, 2011

A very helpful blog for space planners and programmers involved in the design of educational facilities is The American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities. The ACEF is funded by the US Department of Education and is a very reliable and resource-intensive blog for the planning of educational facilities from elemntary schools to higher education institutions.  Isuuses presented and discussed on this blog relate to educational facilities planning, design, financing, construction, improvement, operation and maintenance.  Check it out and become a follower.

October 20, 2011

All space programmers and planners who are interested in "peeking into the future of office space planning" should review the results of a recent study by Johnson Controls regarding the "Collaborative Workplace of 2020". The main and relevant information to space programming and planning has been summarized by Buildings Magazine .

In short, LESS dedicated office space, MORE collaboration and team space . . . and MORE and MORE Technology.

May 24, 2011

Before starting any facilities or master planning projects related to higher education facilities in Ontario, Canada, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, it is worthwhile spending some time navigating the website of the Council of Ontario Universities. There is a lot of planning and benchmarking information that will prove invaluable for the planning, design and strategic decision making process.  If the website proves to be of little help (which I doubt) contact a COU staff, they are friendly and ever so helpful.

Council of Ontario Universities

April 4, 2011

An interesting article on some of the latest trends for office layout from Karen Kroll form

Rethinking Office Layouts and Space Planning



March 7, 2011

According to the International Facilities Management Association's (IFMA) Research Report #34 "Space and Project Management Benchmarks", more senior professionals and technical staff are losing their private offices and seeing their individual space standard shrink.  The movement from an 8'x8' workstation to 6'x7' workstation is also driving down the amount of space per person.

On average, between 1994 and 2010, the office size change has been as follows:

A) 15% decrease for executive and senior management;

B) 20% decrease for middle management;

C) 16%-17% decrease for senior professional and technical staff; and

D) 0% for senior and general clerical staff.

It should also be noted that between 2002 and 2010 there was an average increase of 33% in call centre workstation size approaching existing clerical standards.

February 8, 2011

An interesting commentary on office space standards in the US; looks like they are catching up to most European standards.

Goodbye Office Space? The Shrinking American Cubicle



February 15, 2011

Over the past few years I have noticed that there is some truth to anecdotal evidence that students do not enjoy late afternoon and evening classes and they definitely do not like Friday (and Friday afternoon) classes.  

Some of my recent project statistics have shown that teaching room hourly utilization averages around 70% between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and then drops from around 60% to 10% between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Statistics also show that daily teaching room utilization averages around 60% Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays ... well. it is in the 30% range.




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