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History of Second Floor

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Space Allocation Review History (Fall 2010 - Spring 2011)

The Board of Governors approved the following for the 2012-2013 academic year:

1. Maintain the SFAC for another Academic Year

SFAC should remain intact to continue working on several of the recommendations proposed by the Board. Each member of the SFAC shall be a current fee-paying student at the University of Minnesota, registered for a minimum of 6 credits per semester or if a graduate student, making progress towards a degree as defined by their department. Recommended membership includes:

  • One representative from each of the nine cultural centers.
  • One representative from STLF and SELF each.
  • One representative from MSA and GAPSA each.
  • One representative from Commuter Connection.
  • Three representatives from the SOAC.
  • Three representatives from non-represented groups.

Continued work by SFAC should align with the original goal statement and three pillars: flexibility, visibility, and accessibility. The goal of the Second Floor Advisory Committee is to create an everlasting design that will strengthen community and it will be inclusive of ALL students’ needs.

Each representative will be selected by their group and not designated by the Board. Any current member of SFAC has the choice and is encouraged to keep his or her seat on the committee. The Board has the right to appoint any new members from outside the listed groups currently on the second floor.

2. Extend Lease Agreements for the 2012-2013 Academic Year

Leases are to be extended an additional year for the current tenants on the second floor.

3. Prepare for Summer Construction in 2013

All necessary measures, bids, change management plans, etc. should be completed in the summer and fall semester to begin construction after the last day of finals for the spring semester. The second floor should be tentatively scheduled to open by fall 2013.

Estimates of construction and design have been determined with approximately 25 percent hard walls and 75 percent moveable walls. The specifics for type of moveable walls (e.g. sliding versus semi-permanent – limited mobility) are to be determined. The amount of sound mitigation and frequency of opening and closing must be addressed from the facilities and operations of Student Unions & Activities. The purpose is to create a modular design to address:

  • Flexibility for reusing modules consisting of isolated, self-contained functional elements.
  • Ease of change to adapt to the evolving needs of the campus community.
  • Sustainability initiatives to improve the environment, economic, and social well-being of others.

4. Implement SFAC’s Recommendation for Fall 2013-Spring 2015 Space Allocations

The Board of Governors approved the space assignments identified by the SFAC. The SFAC should move forward with the assignments and complete its charge with this in mind. Please see Figure 1A for the floor plan with assigned cultural centers, commuter connection, and student government.

Board of Governors Open Forums (October 2010)

The Board of Governors hosted two open forums including a presentation on the current student group space allocation process and what space allocation practices are at other institutions nationally.

Video: Space Allocation Public Hearing, October 18, 2010

Video: Space Allocation Public Hearing, October 19, 2010


Board of Governors Voted on Preliminary Recommendations for Coffman’s Second Floor (November 2010)

Space Allocation Process Review Documents

Preliminary Space Allocation Recommendation

Board of Governors Open Forum (March 2011)

Presentation of historical background, summary from surveys, ad-hoc committee ideas and recommendations.

Open Forum Presentation

Video: Space Allocation Public Hearing, March 29, 2011

Board of Governors Final Recommendations for Coffman Union’s Second Floor (April 2011)


Proposed Timeline

Board of Governors Open Forum Q&A (April 2011)

A Q&A to present the new student group space recommendation and gather feedback

Video: Space Allocation Public Hearing, April 12, 2011

Board of Governors voted on final recommendation (April 2011)

Recommendation and Timeline

May 2011

Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Jerry Rinehart, approved BOG recommendation

Space Allocation Research

In 2010, Student Unions & Activities staff called 48 colleges and universities from across the nation to determine their space allocation processes for student group office space. Information was also obtained on whether or not campuses provded resource centers for student groups and general information about each campus’ student union facility and student group population.

Office Space Research Summary

Office Space Research Questions