Physical Distancing - Facility Implications

Physical Distancing in Instructional Spaces, Fall 2020

Facilities Management (FM) has evaluated our campus instructional spaces and updated the room occupancies for physical distancing. FM is using an established best practice, referred to as the Polygon Methodology, and has tailored the analysis to the different room and furnishing types. This updated occupancy evaluation has been done for all of the identified instructional spaces with face to face (F2F) components in the fall, and the Academic Scheduler has evaluated these adjustments and their impact on the proposed fall schedule. Below are examples of three room types, computer lab, movable furniture, and fixed seating. FITT will be discussing this further, to discuss signage and controls for instructional spaces.

The following are examples of room signage that will be typical in most rooms the sign is intended to demonstrate occupancy and room use.

Gist Hall 215 Kinesiology 104 Gist Hall 218

The Polygon Methodology used to determine room occupancy is based on best practices as compiled by the CSU system and Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) who is regarded in the Facilities trade as a leader in benchmarking and research. The Facilities Management design team used computer-aided design (CAD) to evaluate each of our rooms on campus. A hexagon with each side measuring 6 feet and each of its 6 vertices, plus the center, represents 7 stations that are appropriately spaced 6 feet apart. The hexagons were placed in a gridwork over the room to show approximately where stations may be designated. Next, we designated a station based on the gridwork and drew actual dimensions in the space to confirm our recommendation resulting in the maps above. The FM design team performed this exercise for each of our instruction spaces on campus. An example of the methodology is below.

Gist Hall 215 Gist Hall 215