Assistant Vice Chancellor for Planning, Design and Construction Chris Ewing announced this week that Kevin Griffin has been hired as director of space planning and management.
In the newly created position, Griffin will play an integral role in guiding the University of Colorado Boulder’s Space Utilization and Optimization Initiative. Griffin, who begins at CU Boulder on May 1, served in a similar capacity at both Columbia University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
CU Boulder’s Space Utilization and Optimization Initiative is an ongoing effort to improve how the university manages space on campus to best support our students and the university’s mission of education and research.
Reporting directly to Ewing, Griffin will be charged with establishing and evaluating appropriate campus space standards and policies, analyzing and assessing program requirements, and developing alternative solutions for space allocation, assignment and relocation in ways that best achieve the overarching goal of the initiative.
He’ll spearhead coordination and collaboration between the Space Management Office, all other departments in Planning, Design & Construction (PD&C) and programs around campus. He’ll participate in long-range comprehensive facilities planning efforts for the campus, supporting the programming, development and scheduling of major capital projects. Finally, he’ll lead the implementation of Archibus, a space-management technology tool and database for tracking and managing the various types of space across campus.
"Kevin’s accomplishments and innovative approach make him the ideal fit for leading our space management efforts at CU Boulder to help facilitate student success now and into the future," Ewing said.
Griffin, who holds a master’s degree in construction administration from Columbia University, spent the past five years as the campus space planner at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he established a formal organizational structure around space planning, drafted space management policy and created space allocation procedures. Prior to that, he served as space planner and then senior space planner at Columbia.
"I am inspired by the focus and attention that has been placed upon improving space management at CU Boulder, and I am enthusiastic about the possibilities that lie ahead," Griffin said.