Reflections by Russell Caird, Asset Planning Specialist at SPM Assets:
The iGeneration, who have never been exposed to the pre-internet world, are driving significant changes in how tertiary education spaces should look, feel and be utilised. No longer interested in set-time lectures, students now seek out smaller spaces where they can interact in groups, and with their devices and lecturers. The Australian university sector is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in redesigning lecture theatres and libraries into these collaborative spaces.
Such rapid, significant and expensive changes create major challenges for Asset Managers’ long-term planning. However, should such changes be embraced – risking the maintenance and works programmes on less high-profile buildings?