Wayne State University

Detroit,

Student Housing Development Advisory Services

Client Opportunity

  • Plan the short- and long-term vision for student housing
  • Assess the need for improvements and potential additions to the housing portfolio
  • Provide program management and development advisory services for selecting a private partner to implement the student housing master plan

B&D Process

  • Worked closely with university staff and stakeholders to understand the institution’s mission and define the strategic project objectives that best served that mission
  • Created a strategic framework for the implementation of a vibrant housing program that will serve as a competitive recruitment and retention amenity
  • Explored alternative funding and development structures to enhance the university’s capacity to renew its housing program through a combination of new construction, demolition, and strategic renovation of existing facilities

Project Highlights

  • Construction of Anthony Wayne Towers student housing began in 2017; expected to open in September 2018
  • Renovation and demolition of student housing projects to be carried out in successive phases
  • B&D’s plan allows the university to accommodate its students’ residential needs without impacting the university’s credit