“You’ll see occupancy changes just like you’re seeing in restaurants, where there will be fewer students in a classroom,” Hensley said in the piece. Later he added, “There are institutions talking about how they can enhance their landscaped outdoor environments in a more efficient and effective way to allow people to be present (on campus this fall).”
Hensley also offers that many colleges and universities are considering: “What would a pop-up outside a classroom look like? How do you move it, tear it down? How permanent should it be, what is it made of? How many people can it accommodate? These are the ideas being discussed.”
Hensley’s insight stems from ongoing discussions our Education practice is having with higher ed and K-12 institutions across the country about returning to school this fall. While there are numerous unknowns, it is clear each school requires a customized approach when it comes to housing students, academic life, campus wayfinding and much more.