University of Missouri-St. Louis

St. Louis,

Student Housing And Dining Facilities Master Plan And Student Housing Analysis Update

In 2002 the University of Missouri System engaged B&D to determine if the St. Louis campus met the Department of Residential Life’s mission, kept pace with national housing trends, and addressed future housing demands. At the time, the university was a growing campus with a new and developing housing program. We were charged with developing a student housing master plan to respond to the projected demand and operational efficiencies. Accordingly, we completed market and financial analyses, a phasing strategy for the maintenance and expansion of the existing housing and dining facilities, and a plan for development of new housing facilities on campus. Additionally, our work included an on- and off-campus market analysis, demand projections, a financial analysis, a student survey, focus groups, and recommendations regarding public-private partnerships. Our market analysis determined that there had been a growing demand for additional student housing facilities coming primarily from single students and juniors/seniors who had difficulty finding appropriate accommodations. In response to our findings, we created a ten-year student housing program in sequential construction phases. This program called for the development of residence hall housing for more than 800 students and partnering with a private developer to provide space for as many as 1,400 more. The plan also allowed for capital improvements to the existing facilities. We were retained again in 2004 to update our housing findings. As a result, the university added housing in the ensuing years, including construction of the six-story, $26 million, 430-bed Oak Hall in 2006 which received an Outstanding Design Award from American School & University magazine.