After the recent completion of their strategic plan, Adelphi 2015, Adelphi University selected H3’s team to complete a facilities master plan update and pre-design services for a near-term, phase 1 addition of approximately 80,000 gsf to the campus core.
The project included a thorough needs assessment with regard to academic program and the campus’s facilities. We conducted a robust stakeholder outreach program with a kickoff meeting attended by each Dean and Director followed by 16 individual interview sessions and tours of their respective colleges and/or program facilities. We determined that the University will have a year 2020 shortfall of approximately 240,000 gsf and several existing buildings that are not suitable for their current uses. In addition to the need for new space we determined that of the 32,000 gsf of classroom and lab space on campus 24,000 gsf is of low quality with the remaining 8,000 gsf superior.
We then prioritized near, mid, and longer term needs in phased projects to be planned out to year 2030. A key challenge on the project was accommodating expansion on the Garden City Campus, as it rests on an underlying R-20 Residential Zoning District and is restricted to 20% lot coverage, a maximum floor-area-ratio (development capacity) of .5, and height limits of 3 to 4 levels.
The final phase of the project, completed in Fall 2011, included a pre-design package with a full building program, schematic levels plans, renderings, and total project cost estimates.