Institutional Research and Planning

Types of Space

100 - Classroom and Classroom Service Facilities

This category aggregates classroom facilities as an institution-wide resource even though these areas may fall under different levels of organizational control. The term "classroom" includes not only general purpose classrooms, but also lecture halls, recitation rooms, seminar rooms, and other rooms used primarily for scheduled non-laboratory instruction. Total classroom facilities include any support rooms that serve the classroom activity. A classroom may contain various types of instructional aids or equipment (e.g. multi-media or telecommunications equipment) as long as these do not tie the room to instruction in a specific subject or discipline.

200 - Laboratory and Laboratory Facilities

A laboratory is a facility characterized by special purpose equipment or a specific room configuration which ties instructional or research activities to a particular discipline or a closely related group of disciplines. These activities may be individual or group in nature, with or without supervision. Laboratories may be found in all fields of study including letters, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, vocational, technical disciplines, etc. Laboratory facilities can be subdivided into three categories: class, open, and research laboratory. A class laboratory is used for scheduled instruction. An open laboratory supports instruction but is not formally scheduled. A research laboratory is used for research, experimentation, observation, research training, or structured creative activity which supports extension of a field of knowledge.

300 - Office, Conference, and Office Service Facilities

Office facilities are individual, multi-person, or workstation space specifically assigned to academic, administrative, and service functions of a college or university. An office is typically assigned to one or more persons as a station or work area. It may be equipped with desks, chairs, tables, bookcases, filing cabinets, computer workstations, or other office equipment. Included are faculty, administrative, clerical, graduate and teaching assistants, student offices, etc.

Conference Rooms are rooms serving an office complex and used primarily for staff meetings and departmental activities.

400 - Study Facilities

Study space is classified into five categories: study room, stack, open-stack study room, processing room, and study service. Offices used for library activities are coded as office facilities. A study space may contain equipment or materials that aid the study or learning process (e.g., computers, multimedia carrels, CD and DVD players, typewriters, records and tapes) and that do not restrict the space to a particular academic discipline or discipline group. Whereas a study room may appear in almost any type of building on campus (e.g., academic, residential, student service), stacks, open-stack, and processing rooms are typically located in central, branch, and departmental libraries.

500 - Special Use Facilities

Special Use Facilities include room uses that are sufficiently specialized in their primary activity or function. Areas and rooms for military training, athletic activity, media production, clinical activities (outside of separately organized health care facilities), demonstration, agricultural field activities, and animal and plant shelters are included here. Although many of these special use facilities provide service to other areas, their special use or configuration dictates that these areas not be coded as service rooms.

600 - General Use Facilities

General Use Facilities are characterized by a broader availability to faculty, student, staff, or the public than are Special Use Facilities, which are typically limited to a small group or special population. General use facilities comprise a campus general service or functional support system (assembly, exhibition, dining, relaxation, merchandising, recreation, general meetings, day care) for the institutional and participant community populations.

700 - Support Facilities

Support Facilities, which provide centralized space for various auxiliary support systems and services of a campus, help keep all institutional programs and activities operational. While not as directly accessible to institutional and community members as General Use Facilities, these areas provide a continuous, indirect support system to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Support facilities are centralized in that they typically serve an area ranging from an entire building or organizational unit to the entire campus. Included are centralized areas for computer-based data processing, shop services, as well as general storage and supply.

800 - Health Care Facilities

This series provides space use classifications for patient care areas that are located in separately organized and budgeted health care facilities: student infirmaries and centers, teaching hospitals, stand-alone clinics run by these hospitals, and veterinary and medical schools. Space codes and definitions apply to both human and animal health care areas; excluded are clinic facilities located outside of separately organized and budgeted health care facilities.

900 - Residential Facilities

Residential facilities include housing for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the institution. Hotel or motel and other guest facilities are included in this series if they are owned or controlled by the institution and used for purposes associated with defined institutional missions (i.e., excluding commercial investment).