Mansfield University of Pennsylvania


Student Housing Master Plan, Market Analysis Updates, And Post-Occupancy Qualitative Analysis

In 2008 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania selected B&D to prepare a housing master plan for the campus, the goal of which was to develop a long-term strategic and fiscally viable plan to meet current and future students’ needs through new construction. The university wanted this plan to position it to compete for the best and brightest students in the state. We recommended a $116 million phasing and financial strategy to be completed over 20 years. It would enable the campus to provide dynamic living and learning space with an array of housing, programs, and services. The new plan would improve the unit mix and provide 54% more square footage per bed and additional gathering spaces. In 2010, we were engaged by Allen & O’Hara to evaluate Mansfield’s demand for new suite-style housing, confirm the demand projected in 2008, and account for any changes since that time. In 2011 we were retained to determine the feasibility of implementing Phase ll of the 2008 housing master plan. Meanwhile, the $38 million Phase l project—a 634-bed, suite-style residence hall with living-learning space—was completed in 2012. Immediately following their opening, B&D was retained to conduct a post-occupancy qualitative analysis of the new residences to help inform the development of future on-campus housing. The $53 million Phase II project opened in January 2014; Spruce Hall and Sycamore Hall accommodate 684 students and comprise 224,000 square feet.


Mansfield University on Tuesday announced plans to build a new residence hall on campus, with an opening scheduled for the fall 2011 semester.