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Optimising campus space: How Utilisation22 transformed Te Pūkenga campus

04 July 2023, by Don Smith

Te Pūkenga Campus Services Head, Andrew MacArthur, was faced with a challenge. The polytechnic sector in New Zealand had seen a decrease in student numbers in the past three years and he wanted to ensure that Whitireia’s Te Auaha Wellington Campus and Porirua Campus were making the most of their floor spaces and identify any opportunities to reduce costs.

To gain a better understanding of how the spaces were being utilised and identify opportunities for consolidation, Andrew enlisted the help of TwentyTwo and our Utilisation22 tool. Sixty sensors were installed in two stages to record utilisation data in 10-minute increments, 24-hours-a-day for two weeks.

The survey confirmed Andrew’s suspicions. The data showed that spaces were often booked but not used, and that many of the spaces didn’t meet the room capacity for the number of people using the space. This data was crucial in helping the polytechnic optimise their resources and ensure that they provide the most effective learning environment for their students.

“The value add here was independent undeniable proof of premium space sitting idle or at best underused. This proof gives us the opportunity to shut down older less efficient/productive areas in Porirua and move classes into better suited facilities. It also gives us the opportunity to downsize the campuses should the opportunity arise and/or take advantage of collaboration opportunities with our Tertiary sector partners” says Andrew.

The result? Te Pūkenga is now better equipped to adapt to changing student demands, to explore collaborative opportunities and remain at the forefront of innovation in the New Zealand polytechnic sector.




About the author

Married to long-suffering Nina. Two teenage boys. Avid follower of all things' motorsport and owner of too many Italian cars. Proud that his wardrobe is known as his 'shoeporium'.

Don joined the TwentyTwo in 2022, bringing 30+ years of property experience and a passion for technology solutions and innovative, commercial thinking. Don leads our Technology22 and Portfolio22 practice areas, drawing on his knowledge from various senior roles and working on diverse portfolios including commercial office, investment, retail, infrastructure, industrial, portfolio repositioning and strategic consulting. He has an increasing role supporting the ongoing transformation of the business, by applying that commercial and innovation lens across all areas, to ensure we remain agile and future-focused.

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