University of Massachusetts-Boston

Boston,

P3 Development Advisory Services

CLIENT CHALLENGE
The University of Massachusetts Building Authority engaged Brailsford & Dunlavey to provide consultation and advisory services related to the development of a student housing public-private partnership project on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus. The project, scheduled to open in fall 2018, will house approximately 1,000 students in a variety of unit types and include a dining hall and meeting / lounge spaces. Financed and developed by Capstone Development Partners and Provident Commonwealth Education Resources, Inc., it is the first P3 project on a university campus in the UMass System and UMass Boston’s first on-campus residence hall. The partnership will own, manage, operate, and maintain the facility, while UMass Boston will retain control of residence life staffing and programming.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
B&D worked closely with UMass Boston as project advisors beginning in 2010, providing guidance on project definition, programming, and operations. Then, in 2016, B&D counseled the University with regard to the project’s P3 configuration and the appropriate staffing profiles for the Residence Life, Public Safety, Health Services, Recreation, and other related departments. Further, B&D benchmarked the recommendations in the University’s Residence Life Steering Committee Report against five comparable institutions and advised the University in the review and verification of management and operating agreements among the University, the developer, and other parties.

B&D SOLUTION
B&D’s research and recommendations added necessary detail regarding space needs and outlined several recommendations to enhance efficiencies in the residence life staffing models. Its work was instrumental in helping the University justify and support the project, gaining approval first from the UMass System, and then from the state leadership, including the governor. This process was unprecedented in Massachusetts. It was successful and will form the model for other P3 projects that may be promulgated on other campuses. Going forward, B&D will work closely with University stakeholders and assist the school’s transition from a commuter campus to a residential campus by refining and coordinating the implementation of programs, processes, and procedures needed to support a 24 / 7 learning and living community.