How much work on renovation and/or reconfiguration are we willing and allowed to do ourselves?
The cost of any such work we cannot or will not do ourselves must be deducted from the maximum price we can afford.
How open do we want the final layout to be?
Fandom is social, so we should minimize the extent to which the layout prevents people who are working from also socializing. This argues for a completely open layout.
Some people strongly prefer separate space for some of their activities, which argues for having some smaller rooms.
During meetings, we need a separate space for noisy activities; at other times this is generally not needed.
Would it be practical to have some large part of the wall separating the "noisy" room from the meeting room be moveable--so that both rooms could effectively be one area except during meetings?
We occasionally have closed meetings (e.g., of the E-Board or the Nominating Committee), and need an isolatable space for them. Do we ever need more than one of these at a time? Is it reasonable to take over space containing general-use equipment, etc., for this purpose?
An "open plan" makes it impossible to heat or cool only some parts of the building, but we hardly ever seem to do this in the current clubhouse.
If we get a building which is all high-ceilinged warehouse space, will we need to install a dropped ceiling in the meeting room / "noisy" room / bathroom areas--for noise control as well as making the space feel comfortable?
How important is access via public transit?
Some active members depend on it when they can't get rides: Claire Anderson, George Flynn, Kelly Persons (when it's not bicycling weather), Davey Snyder, who else?
Other members who use the "T": Alexis Layton, Peter Grace.
Some of the new people who've shown up have come by "T".
Requiring "T" access will greatly limit the possible locations, and so make finding a suitable building more difficult and, quite possibly, more expensive.
What can we reasonably do as an alternative to good "T" access?
Arrange for pick-up and drop-off at the nearest "T" stop with adequate service? How close would that have to be to make this practical? In any case, this doesn't help when someone needs to visit the clubhouse alone, only for group functions.
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