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Good Design | Minding the Gap

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With extreme financial strains and a highly competitive environment for the top students, today’s education administrator needs to run an efficient and high quality operation. Bailey Edward is working with both higher education and high school administrators to examine the current and future adequacy of their existing facilities to help them plan for the future. In particular, Bailey Edward Principal, Ellen Bailey Dickson, is performing gap analyses to discover the actual amount of space that is needed in a quantifiable manner which will aid in guiding master plans and securing approvals for future capital programs.

Working with the design team, Dickson is marrying the quantitative with the qualitative. Of key importance to any educational institution is right-sizing the number and size of classrooms to the course demand and student population. Therefore, raw data is transformed into exacting tables that reveal performance of courses, classrooms, and buildings against industry benchmarks.

To bring in the demands of a top-notch education environment such as that desired by the University of Illinois at Chicago, a leader in active learning environments, additional benchmarking is done to account for best-practice demands required by new modes of teaching. To assist the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy , a unique resident-based college preparatory education institution, Dickson will be helping examine appropriate use of existing facilities to map out potential student growth alongside fostering exceptional students to excel.

A gap analysis that melds numbers with pedagogy is assisting these educational institutions to assess their needs, understand how to best use their facilities, and discover whether existing facilities and/or new facilities are necessary to meet anticipated growth.