After the fire

Marjan J. Gorgievski, Theo J.M. van der Voordt, Sanne G.A. van Herpen, Sophie van Akkeren
  • Facilities, March 2010, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/02632771011023159

New ways of working in an academic setting.

What is it about?

This paper presents the findings of a Post-Occupancy Evaluation of new ways of working in the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology and the lessons that can be learned from this particular case in connection with research findings from similar cases. The paper is based on an internet survey among 266 daily users, additional interviews with decision makers and other participants involved in the implementation process, analyses of documents and personal observations. The new office plan scores highly on possibilities of meeting other people. Work spaces are considered to be functional, but employees also reported a lack of spaces suited for confidential (telephone) conversations and insufficient visual and auditory privacy. Employees are unable to control sufficiently the climate of their direct work environment and the way the environment looks. Security of the workplaces is rated below average. People want more rooms equipped with doors, and doors that can be locked. Another important complaint was lack of personal and collective filing and storage possibilities. The paper focuses on office space; because of limited time and budget restrictions educational space was not included in this building-in-use study. There was no opportunity to conduct a zero measurement ex ante. Long-term effects on use and experience are not known yet, nor the effects of improvements that are being implemented this year.

Why is it important?

The results can be used to support decision makers in implementing new office concepts in general and in particular in an academic setting, ex post or ex ante.

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