The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is a graduate, post-graduate, and professional continuing education university. Unfortunately, the site does not have the feel of a true campus, and the buildings do not provide a teaching and learning environment that is welcoming and collaborative. The Urban Collaborative developed the campus master plan in collaboration with student and faculty stakeholders who developed a vision to create a connected campus with collaborative spaces in flexible, light-filled buildings that define usable quads and courtyards. Extensive background research occurred in three areas before the planning impacted all aspects of the plan. First, the initial effort included a Space Utilization Study (SUS), in which the planning team investigated each of the six buildings and the two off-site locations, measuring spaces, counting seats, and detailing special attributes. And second, the planning team completed a detailed Academic Environment Study (AES). These supported the Capital Investment Strategy included in the report, justifying additional buildings and create spaces that promote active learning such as flexible, adaptable, and connected learning spaces and user-centered environments.
LocationWright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Dayton, Ohio
ClientUSACE Louisville District
American Planning Association Federal Planning Division. Outstanding Area/Site Development Plan category, Honor Award. 2022