Robert Morris University

Moon Township,

Student Housing Master Plan

In 2007, Robert Morris University selected B&D to develop a student housing master plan. The master plan process was intended to assess the university’s existing student housing facilities relative to the demands of the campus population and provide recommendations on how to improve existing facilities—or develop new facilities—to meet these demands. Our scope of work included a detailed market and financial analysis. Survey questions were used for the market analysis and were specifically designed to assess future housing needs, housing selection criteria, unit type preferences, and demographic profiles. For the financial analysis, we developed a detailed model to project the specific level of demand for housing at the university. The model derived the demand from electronic survey responses and projected enrollment figures provided by the university. We developed a series of models for the construction of different housing options that were shared in the surveys to gauge which would be the most ideal living situation. Some of the options presented included living-learning floor plans with suite-style options, traditional residence halls, two- and four-person semi-suites, and two- and four-person apartments. Our survey was a successful tool in helping the university decide which options to consider for its student housing master plan.