The university purchased this 40-year-old building with an eye toward both its near- and long-term future. In its previous life this 12,000 SF 3-story building with a walk-out basement served as a small Medical Office Building. In its new life, it will provide a co-working home for the University IT Department. The IT team began a policy of remote work in September 2019, well before the pandemic arrived, embracing this policy as its present and future way of working.
The new use of this space will include the following program:
Reservable office spaces
Open work areas
Phone booth pods
Collaboration tables and open kitchen area
IT work bench space
Secured basement storage area
Garage space with van access
This project provides a template for the co-working office space of the future for the university. It also provides the opportunity to vacate significant physical space on campus by the IT department, and to open this space up for future academic programming. In short, without an immense capital expenditure this project provides a better working model for the university while also creating desperately needed “found” space for new higher and better uses.