University of Rochester


Student Life Space Assessment

The University of Rochester retained B&D in 2013 to develop a comprehensive assessment of the university’s student life spaces. We were tasked with completing an existing conditions analysis, a peer benchmark analysis, focus group interviews, the development and analysis of a student survey, and an analysis of industry standards. We discerned which student life spaces were programmatically viable and which spaces would benefit from renovation and/or repurposing. Recommendations included:

• Adding/reconfiguring 5,000 square feet of student organization space
• Reconfiguring student lounge spaces
• Adding am approximately 10,000 square foot large event space, such as a ballroom or auditorium
• A dining facility that would meet or exceed comparable offerings at peer institutions.

The university moved forward with our recommendation to repurpose the Frederick Douglass Building. Relocating the bookstore from this building to the College Town location would enable the University to add more strategic student life space. Also in line with our recommendations, the university sought to expand its dining facilities, creating a large event/multipurpose space and increasing student lounge space by placing the Intercultural and Language Center inside the Frederick Douglass Building.