Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Common Spaces


  • Keck/PKAL consultancy reports
    Advice on how to survive in less-than-adequate facilities

    A careful analysis of scheduled room use will reveal that some spaces are under-utilized. There should be an institutional policy about how spaces are used (shared, allocated and reallocated).

  • Keck/PKAL consultancy reports
    Counsel at an early stage of facilities planning

    Collaborations can be cost-effective: they lead to sharing, team-teaching and taking advantage of the resource of colleagues right down the hall or at a nearby institution.

  • Keck/PKAL consultancy reports
    New facilities for community colleges

    Facilitate dialog between the department and administrators to encourage ongoing development of building plans. Regular communication will enhance the outcome of the building project.

  • Keck/PKAL consultancy reports
    Planning an addition to your facility

    Departmental autonomy is important and initial discussions should be held in separate departments, but the traditional of autonomy should not get in the way of facility development.

  • What matters - A PKAL essay
    Twenty-first century science and the facilities of the future

    Facilities matter, from the perspective of serving new interdisciplinary fields of research as well as of making the learning experience for all undergraduates one that is truly integrative. Some ideas and best practices from the PKAL facilities archive..

  • What works - A PKAL essay
    The facility of the future: Technology

    On the one hand technology has incredible promise and indeed one can argue that technology is absolutely essential to modern science. On the other hand we have limited resources and we have real world constraints.

  • What works - A PKAL essay
    An essay on spaces and community
    - Jeanne L. Narum, Director - Project Kaleidoscope
    A picture is worth a thousand words when talking about spaces and community.