"This paper describes a case study approach using an intensive, research based design process to examine current and emerging needs of the Minnesota Center for the Arts, and to define the capital projects required to address those needs. In contrast to current educational facility planning models, a rigorous on-site data collection process formed the basis for stating justifiable needs and their corresponding costs. For three days, staff, students, parents, and clients of the resource programs division articulated deficiencies, needs and dreams, and designed what they considered to be "ideal" spaces. The workshop began with a walk-through evaluation consisting of student and faculty interviews. Assessments of each space recorded on a Spatial Data Inventory Form determined the adequacy of space, lighting, acoustics, temperature, flexibility of use, aesthetic appeal, functional requirements and floor area. An analysis of these data affected the development of the spatial requirements needed for subsequent stages of the process. Working in small groups, 200 participants developed 39 proposals for their new facility using a site plan of the campus, a floor plan of each building, a listing of required areas for each space and corresponding graphic symbols. Proposals included changes in the present use, expansion of existing buildings, additional floors, and the creation of new buildings. A content analysis of the walk-throughs, interviews and recommendations generated by the participating teams influenced the development of three proposals developed by the design team, one of which received unanimous support from students and faculty."