The collaboration rooms (Rooms 214 and 216) are larger than necessary for their current use and are static in a room that is becoming more and more flexible. They will be removed early in the remodeling project and replaced with smaller and more flexible collaboration spaces. Providing reservable spaces for researchers and students to work together in relative privacy is a very important goal for us!
We have several criteria for these rooms: they need to be accessible, well-lit and well-ventilated, large enough to hold four people, and they need outlets to plug in electronic devices. They should have glass walls for safety and provide a fair amount of auditory privacy (but not so much that they are not ventilated). We also would like to have rooms on wheels so that we can move them when necessary. Prefabricated options we have found do not meet all of these criteria, though we are still looking.
Here is an option from Orangebox:
It isn’t moveable, but it seems to meet most of our other criteria as far as we can tell from the photo. We will have a chance to see these rooms in person during the next few weeks, but in the meantime we would like to hear from you at email@example.com about the following questions:
- What do you like (and dislike) about this room as a space to collaborate?
- What would you do in this room if it was available to you?
Your comments will help us to pick a room that meets the majority of campus needs, or design a room if we cannot find something prefabricated that meets our needs. Thank you!