Space Impact Request Process
At USF, Space Planning is an iterative and collaborative process. Led by the Campus Space Planning Department, a team of professional designers can help guide users through the process and provide options and alternatives for how each college, department, and program can use our shared space assets to best achieve their goals consistent with the University’s Strategic Plan. It is our commitment to work collaboratively to deliver quality services in response to your request.
Note that EVERY change to space should go through the Space Impact Process, no matter how minor it might seem. Do not risk putting a nail into a water pipe when trying to hang a white board. Use our process and let us help you get the job done right.
The Space Impact Request process is the first step for a college or department to initiate a request to add or modify its physical space. The process is most often used for:
- Adding/modifying signage
- Renovating or remodeling space (excluding routine maintenance)
- Adding temporary space (e.g., trailers)
- Installing new aesthetic or cosmetic materials (e.g., sculptures, trees, banners, etc.)
- Adding walls and or cubicles (includes cubicle repairs and or reconfigurations)
Review the Space Impact Request Review Process Flowchart for more information.
Note that submitting a Space Impact Request form automatically triggers a number of internal reviews behind the scenes, like fire code and building code. These reviews will happen automatically when a request is submitted.
Some simple requests, like hanging shelves, small basic whiteboards, touch up paint, etc. can often be done by our USF Maintenance Team via a Work Order process. These are typically done within 30-days of the date requested and are tracked via a Work Order system. If you have a very minor request, you can submit directly to the Maintenance team through FAMIS.
The Space Planning process is a collaborative process. Our goal is to provide sufficient pre-planning to make sure we are best meeting the Requestors goals. As such, Requestors should plan for at least 60 days prior to project work commencing.
|Step||Description||Targeted Turnaround Time|
|Step 1||Complete the Space Impact Request (SIR) form with appropriate college and/or program approval and submit to FM Service Center||N/A|
|Step 2||Receipt by Service Center and entered in FAMIS for review by Space Impact Request Committee. A Request ID is automatically generated and an email notification is sent to the requestor.||24 to 48 hours|
|Step 3||Review by Space Impact Request Committee and Projects Team for assignment to an FM project representative if required.||2 weeks|
|Step 4||FM project representative works with requestor to finalize request details, fund source (if applicable), and project scope||30 Days|
|Step 5||FM Project Representative identifies a project start date and initiates a project timeline and governance plan||30 Days|
Different projects require different approvals depending on the scale and scope of the request. Review the information below to determine which category your project falls into and save time by getting the appropriate approvals in advance.
|Minor Alterations within Unit
"Within Unit" refers to space located within the college or administrative unit making the request
||A signature from a Director (for non-academic units) or Dean (for academic units) is required.|
|Minor Alterations Outside of Unit or Major Alterations Within or Outside Unit
"Outside of Unit" refers to space requests involving a space located outside of the college or administrative unit making the request
||Signatures from a Director and the unit Vice President (for non-academic units) or a Dean and the Provost (for academic units) are required.|
For a Space Impact Form to be processed, it must be signed by an authorized approver. You can find the designee appointment forms below.
Once a SIR form is submitted, a Facilities representative will utilize the FAMIS work order system to generate a Request ID on behalf of the requestor. The requestor can then track the status of the SIR in FAMIS using the Request ID.
Once you’ve submitted a requested and received a FAMIS Request ID, you can track the progress of your request in the FAMIS work order system. Follow the steps below to track a SIR using FAMIS.
- Log in to FAMIS
- Click on the link within the email you receive when the SIR has been entered by the FM Service Center to open the request. Optionally click on My Requests> CREATED BY ME in FAMIS to see the request, then click the Request ID to open.
- Review the REQUEST HISTORY section in FAMIS for any updates to the status of the request. Additional comments or feedback can be provided at any time by using the General Comments textbox, when complete remember to click UPDATE to save.