Governors State University

University Park,

Student Housing Programming And Feasibility Study

In 2011 B&D was selected by Governors State University to perform a student housing market analysis for on-campus housing. At the time, the university was not a residential campus, but instead referred students to various privately-owned, off-campus residential facilities that ranged in size and quality. These facilities had little in the way of amenities, no sense of community, and no residential life programming. Our work included: student focus groups; a student survey; a demand analysis; and an off-campus housing market analysis. Feasibility of a future residential project and rental rates were analyzed through our financial model. At the conclusion of our study, we recommended the university pursue the development of 250 on-campus beds in single- and double-occupancy units. We also recommended improvements to the university’s dining program to better accommodate the needs of future on-campus residents. As a result, development of the 94,000 SF Prairie Place was completed in 2014. The approximately $18 million facility opened with 100% occupancy.