Student Housing Business

JAN-FEB 2018

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ON-CAMPUS HOUSING January/February 2018 71 more pod- or cluster-style hous- ing, which will typically include six to eight students living in a community together in sometimes in double-occupancy rooms. That is making rents more affordable." This thought process also trans- lates into amenity spaces. "Considerations around ameni- ties need to be made more careful- ly by universities and private pro- viders alike," says Rob Archibald, vice president of capital projects at Campus Living Villages (CLV). "A large proportion of the cost of edu- cation involves accommodation and many consider a reduction in these costs to be of great benefit. Increasing building costs are also a factor. While a traditional dormi- tory may be an efficient use of floor space, shared bedrooms are not as widely accepted as they once were. CLV is currently considering layouts with our potential part- ners consisting of smaller private bed spaces with shared bathroom amenities in small clusters, allow- ing efficient use of space. We're also providing larger community spaces, including shared/teaching kitchens and other facilities." The focus on smaller bedroom spaces rings especially true on urban campuses. "In larger urban settings, there is a trend towards smaller spac- es to control costs in general and because space is at such a pre- mium," says Porrit of The Scion Group. "Small studio apartments are popping up on these campus- es and being marketed to upper year students as a way to be inde- pendent and stay on campus at an affordable price. For first- and second-year students, there is a focus on creating privacy while also creating community through an active student life. Designers and campuses have discovered you can add a degree of privacy, especially with pod-style or semi- private bathrooms, while also embracing the traditional and valuable residence community experience." The design and construction process, and how long the insti- tution expects the community to house students, is also being adapted to suit smaller budgets. "Longer life spans often result in higher costs of materials," con- tinues CLV's Archibald. "There is a stronger consideration of future obsolescence in design over the The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is currently redeveloping an existing dining hall, as well as two residence halls connected to the dining center. The University of South Florida For 28 years student housing has been our focus. From Boston to Tampa to Seattle, we are partnering with colleges and universities nationwide to develop new housing communities for their campuses. Whether you are seeking to bring housing to your campus for the first time or want to create a mixed-use residential village we will work with you to creatively finance and deliver student housing that achieves your campus goals. Developing Housing Communities for Students to . . . LIVE. LEARN. PLAY. THRIVE. JEFF TURNER Executive Vice President, Brailsford & Dunlavey

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