Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau,

Student Housing Master Plan

In 2000 Southeast Missouri State University engaged B&D to evaluate the extent to which the university and its environs were maintaining its facilities, keeping pace with national housing trends, and addressing future demands for housing. We were charged with developing a housing master plan to respond to the university’s projected demand. We completed market and financial analyses, a phasing strategy for maintenance of existing housing, and a plan for development of new housing on campus. Our findings revealed the university faced unmet demand for student housing. The private market did provide a housing alternative, but we ascertained that many students were willing to pay a premium to live on campus. We proposed several options for new housing without disrupting the existing residents. As a result of this study, the university made the commitment to develop a new residence hall with 293 beds in a suite-style configuration. The $13.4 million Willard Duncan Vandiver Hall opened in 2002.