College of Saint Elizabeth


Mixed-Use Facility Redevelopment Plan

B&D was hired by the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2011 to develop a plan for the redevelopment of the Xavier Center. We were tasked with encapsulating the vision for a mixed-use facility that would include academic spaces, a conference center, offices for student life and student services, a small chapel, and additional on-campus student housing. We held extensive working sessions with the College Cabinet, conducted on-campus focus groups with students and faculty/staff, and held an open town hall meeting with campus stakeholders to generate input. Once primary uses for the facility were established, we completed market research to understand the local conference center and rental facility market, as well as to gain insight into similar mixed-use facilities on other campuses. We worked closely with the Cabinet to create a detailed program that combined a Lifelong Learning Center with academic and meeting space, renovated office suites for student life and student services, and suite-style housing for upper-division students. In order to draw students from the main part of campus and make the facility a destination in its own right, we programmed a dramatic expansion to the building’s existing lobby, a physical enhancement to a rooftop terrace, and a pedestrian bridge that addressed a steep grade change from campus to Xavier’s main entrance. We also developed a detailed financial model and 10-year operating pro forma for the redeveloped facility.