To support the goal to increase enrollment by twenty-five percent, Fontobonne University revised general education requirements, expanded accelerated-degree programs and continues to develop majors, minors and certificate programs.
Fontbonne then asked Hastings+Chivetta to perform a Space Utilization Study that focused on analysis of existing classroom usage; projection of classroom needs; summaries of department needs, and a program statement of requested space for faculty, staff and administrators.
The study concluded demand for evening classroom space exceeded availability; parking was at a premium especially during evening hours, and there was a shortage of student housing along with accompanying parking spaces. Campus services needed to increase to support and sustain enrollment growth.
Fontbonne is surrounded by residences and other academic institutions, which constrains development opportunities for its compact 13-acre campus. The current green space is highly valued and the primary buildings on campus are historic, constructed in the 1920s. With these limitations in mind, the University asked Hastings+Chivetta to find ways to accommodate its growing academic needs.