Student Housing Business

JAN-FEB 2018

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VIE W FROM THE ACADEME January/February 2018 42 campus near our other athletic facilities. That will start construc- tion in February and will be com- plete in early 2019. One of the other exciting projects is the health and wellness center that I men- tioned earlier. That facility will be unique in that it is focused on a comprehensive view of wellness — physical, spiritual, and mental. There are two other major aca- demic and research related capi- tal projects that we've also iden- tified. One has been coined as 'Innovation Alley' which will be an integrated facility linking our engineering and business schools, and providing opportunities for other programs on campus as well as external partners to become part of the innovation environ- ment at Marquette. A second criti- cal academic and research project for campus is what we are calling the 'Bio Discovery District.' This development will bring together biological and biomedical sci- ences, addressing some urgent needs for teaching and research particularly related to sciences. A common link among all of these projects is that we are exploring a range of creative partnership opportunities. In order to achieve our ambitious goals, we know we cannot rely solely on traditional ways of bringing projects to life. SHB: Your campus is some- what urban and somewhat land- constrained. Can you describe what pressures that adds to facilities? Strigens: We have a unique situ- ation in that we are bounded on two sides by interstate highways. That provides great opportunity in terms of visibility to the broader community, but also creates some barriers in creating the level of connectivity we truly desire. For Marquette, we endeavor to be mindful of the balance of how we develop within the boundaries of our campus and how we relate to our urban environment and our surrounding neighborhood. A key part of Marquette's strategy — given where we are on the western end of downtown Milwaukee's central business district — is to respect how we develop relative to our position between downtown and the residential neighborhoods nearby. We want to integrate with both communities and feel we can be a catalyst in creating that link- age. We want to respect the neigh- borhoods so that we have great neighbors. Our approach is not to continually acquire more land, but rather to make smart development decisions to balance our goals as well as support the connection between downtown Milwaukee and the vibrant Near Westside. SHB: What does enrollment look like at Marquette? Janz: There is an aggressive plan to grow our enrollment. Students here come from all 50 states and several countries. Arts and sci- ences is our largest college. Our health sciences college is very well respected and brings in a large number of students. Our engi- neering college is also very well known. Our nursing program is growing and communications and business are also large programs. Marquette has the only dental col- lege in the state of Wisconsin, and our law school is strong. SHB: Housing has its challenges ahead in the next few years. Janz: Yes, we are very focused right now. We are opening two new residence halls at Wild Commons; we will be closing down a hall; and we have just taken on a 600- bed apartment property. It is an exciting time to be a part of this department. SHB: Are there residence life ini- tiatives underway? Janz: I report to the vice president of student affairs. As we look to develop our residential curricu- lum, we have reached out to the academic side. We are also part- nering with the medical clinic staff and student development staff because our curriculum can help support their efforts. We have the population to help grow their programs. SHB: How did you start in higher education, and how long have you been at Marquette? Strigens: I have been at Marquette about three and a half years. I'm a licensed architect and urban plan- ner by trade. Prior to my time at Marquette, I was a consultant working on higher education and community-based projects and had the privilege of help- ing a variety of clients develop master plans for their campuses. Marquette's president, Dr. Lovell, was one my clients when he was at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and I was part of a team leading the development of their master plan. We had the opportunity to work closely together then and immediately clicked around a shared love of bringing creativity and innovation to thinking about space in higher education. He found his way to Marquette and then recruited me to join his team. Marquette has been a great fit for me because of the bold approach we are tak- ing to achieve our strategic and master plans. I lead our planning efforts for campus and oversee our Facilities Planning & Management division. I have the privilege of working with all aspects of cam- pus and engaging that broad range of stakeholders along with our alumni, donors and partners. This is the most rewarding aspect of my work. Janz: I have been in the student housing industry for more than 25 years. I have been at Marquette for about 24 years. Before Marquette, I was at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at Eastern Illinois University. I am as far north as I can go, though. I'm from St. Louis. I've been involved with ACUHO-I for many years. My first four years at Marquette, I worked in the university coun- seling center with the outreach program to understand students' lives outside of class. It has been a great fit for me. I have had and raised four children since I've been here. They've all been great student leaders on campus. SHB Marquette University is under construction with Wild Commons, a two- building project that will contain 890 beds when it opens this fall. Schroeder Hall, on the campus of Marquette University, is a nine-story residence hall that has 606 beds and primarily houses sophomores in double rooms. Courtesy of Findorff Construction, Design Collective and Workshop Architects.

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