Work space was the focus of meetings between Opsis and SSI/CCE committees. Within this subject various questions were raised including but not limited to typologies of office, informal vs. formal layout, confidentiality, and alternative working areas.
Extra space will be necessary due to the surety of growth within the Center for Civic Engagement in the coming years. However, this could be overlooked if the idea of construction later is possible, which is unlikely. Instead it was decided to create a versatile work space that could be implemented for collaboration between students and later dedicated to staff member office space.
Dialogue goes deeper than the space however. Being that it is the furniture that truly gives a room its essence, plans are being made for alternative working environments as opposed to following suit with normal partitions. Committee members were intrigued by the openness of benching which allows for collaborative furniture that infers privacy without extracting connectivity.
SSI/CCE committee members were presented with many schemes of which each was picked apart to discover the group’s true desires. Now that this information has been fine-tuned Opsis can create a space that pleases all.
ISOSU and Ed Act added to this conversation by considering aspects of building layout such as the partitions of the Cultural Kitchen. The idea behind it is to have the kitchen as a sort of divider between spaces, so as no one can in essence “own it.”