SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1990

Matching Building Performance to Organizational Needs


A standard practice for measuring the office building requirements of organizations and the performance of buildings in meeting those requirements (ORBIT-2) is described. Using this method four alternative strategies for meeting an organizations building needs, current and future, are examined. These strategies include maximizing building performance, striking an average, maximizing a few demands stereotypically associated with an organization type, and carefully matching the building performance profile to the needs profile of a particular organization. Building requirements for five very different organizations are also compared against the performance of a representative sample of 20 North American office buildings using the ORBIT-2 process.

There is no such thing as a universally ideal building — “one size does not fit all”. A building can fail to meet organizational needs by overperformance thus wasting resources through unneeded and unused capacity, or by underperforming which negatively affects organizational effectiveness.

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Sims, WR
Becker, FD
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Developed by Committee: E06
Pages: 289–310
DOI: 10.1520/STP18947S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5108-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1292-6