Southern Oregon University

Ashland,

Student Housing Assessment, Financial Analysis, And Public/private Partnership Evaluation; Student Housing, Dining, And Parking Developer Selection Advisory Services

In 2010 Southern Oregon University selected B&D to develop a plan for new on-campus housing and to examine various implementation strategies including public/private partnerships. The scope of work included an assessment of the university’s residence life operations and financial feasibility for pursuing new student housing. We began with a campus tour, meetings with administrators, and a review of previous studies and budgets. We then employed the following methodologies: a residence life operations assessment; a student housing financial analysis; and a sensitivity analysis of the different strategies. Our assessment outlined an opportunity for the university to pursue a public/private partnership through a 50l(c)(3) approach, whereby the university would hire a fee developer to build the project and the but would retain the rights to manage the facilities. Following our recommendations the university retained B&D once again, this time to provide advisory services in the development team selection process through an RFQ/RFP. As a result, the university proceeded with the development of North Campus Village, comprising 703 student housing beds and a new dining facility. The LEED Gold project was completed in 2013.