Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown,

Student Housing Master Plan

In 2005 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania engaged B&D and WTS Architects to perform a student housing master plan. The university was challenged with increasing enrollment, overcrowded residence halls, and a limited off-campus housing inventory. Its administrators recognized the need to update and renovate its on-campus housing to meet the needs of its diverse student body while still maintaining a strong sense of community. We were tasked with: analyzing existing conditions; identifying housing goals and priorities; developing a projection of future demand; conducting focus groups, interviews, and surveys on campus; identifying viable sites for new development; test fitting those sites for viability; and developing a financial model. We recommended a multi-phase plan that called for both new construction and renovations in a financially feasible master plan. The university proceeded with the development of F. Eugene Dixon Residence Hall, an 856-bed, $50 million residence hall that opened in 2008.