Furman University Space Analysis & Plan


Client: Furman University

Location: Greenville, South Carolina

Status: Completed in 2017


  • Created comprehensive space database for 2 million square feet of space
  • Established metrics to evaluate utilization of teaching, office, library, gathering, and other spaces
  • Determined migrations and other strategies to meet needs without expansions or new buildings


TSW created Furman University’s first comprehensive space database, based on a detailed walk-through of 2 million square feet of space and interviews with administrators and faculty.

After compiling enrollment data, detailed course schedules, faculty and staff counts, and other space usage data, TSW conducted a complete utilization study (summarized in a series of easy to understand graphics) that identified underutilized spaces. TSW also produced a series of space metrics to evaluate the utilization of teaching, research, office, library, gathering, and other types of spaces. Data revealed scheduling concerns and gaps between section sizes and classroom capacity. Comparisons with other institutions and standard benchmarks allowed Furman to understand its space relative to its peers.

Then, given department-level space needs and the future needs anticipated with implementation of the Furman Advantage (the University’s strategic plan), TSW recommended a series of migrations and renovations to accommodate all needs within existing space, without any new buildings or additions. TSW also established space guidelines to use in evaluating future projects and recommended the creation of a space oversight committee.