Cornell University


Mixed-Use Redevelopment — Developer Selection Assistance

In 2012 Cornell University retained B&D to help select a development partner for a proposed mixed-use development on the university’s Ithaca campus. The primary focus of this project was to design and implement an RFQ process centered on the replacement of the university’s existing Maplewood Apartments complex, originally built in 1989 and reaching the end of its useful life. Consisting of 375 beds in 32 buildings on 11 acres on the southeastern edge of the campus, Maplewood had been identified for replacement in the university’s 2008 master housing plan that we prepared. In addition, the RFQ process would outline the need for redevelopment of public/community spaces, parking, and roadways, as well as access to public transportation. We developed an RFQ document that tested the viability of preferred development approaches and sought feedback from the development community on the optimal strategy for developing the needed housing, one that would keep costs within industry norms and rents affordable for students. The document also outlined the minimum developer requirements in terms of experience, ability to secure financing, and commitment to design and sustainability excellence. In addition, the scope of work was described, as were the overall project goals and the development partner’s services.