University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Student Housing And Dining Strategic Plan

In 1999 the housing division of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wanted to expand its student housing and dining facilities in line with expectations for enrollment growth and its desire for improved market positioning. The university retained B&D to create a strategic plan to examine existing residence halls, dining facilities, and on-campus apartments. For the housing study, we evaluated the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of student demand and projected it over ten years. We used student surveys and focus groups to ascertain the needs of different groups, and evaluated the off-campus housing market. This research revealed a need for a variety of housing options which could be done through expansion of existing facilities and new development. We then performed a financial analysis on the university’s dining plan and refined those concepts to align with our findings in the housing analysis. Working closely with the university’s architects, we determined the proper phasing for the $550 million project’s renovation and development and its financial feasibility. As a result, the 139,000 SF, $35 million Student Dining and Residential Programs Building opened in 2010. The multi-phased, 340-bed, $90 million Nugent Hall was completed in 2012—the University’s first new residence hall in more than 40 years. Both facilities earned LEED Silver certification. Another residence hall will open in 2013, while a final residential facility (480 beds, $80 million) will open in 2016, thereby completing the Ikenberry Commons development project.