University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kansas City,

Student Union Feasibility Study And Referendum Support

B&D was retained by the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2007 to conduct a student union feasibility study to assess the final mix of program elements in the proposed new facility, provide support for a student referendum, and review the concept developed by the architects. Our market research included student/faculty/staff focus groups; intercept interviews; a Web-based survey; a demand model; and a program for the proposed union. We also held a presentation and training session for students prior to the referendum. Our analysis revealed significant demand for more contemporary facilities, such as a mailing center, outdoor seating, lounge areas, banking services, and food services. We recommended the development of approximately 17,000 SF to accommodate food services, meeting rooms, multipurpose rooms, and lounges. Our survey results indicated that if these improvements were made, student usage would dramatically increase in terms of frequency and duration of visit. The $38.3 million student union opened in 2010 has since won the 2011 Kansas City Business Journal Capstone Award for Architectural Design, and the Southtown Council Beautification Award. In the same year, the facility achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

THE HOTTEST NATIONAL STUDENT CENTER TRENDS ARE PROBABLY NOT RIGHT FOR YOU

Presented by Chet Roach at the 2011 ACUI Region 13 Conference.

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LEEDING ANSWERS: ACHIEVING CONSENSUS AND PROVIDING CLARITY FOR YOUR LEED PROJECT

Presented by Chet Roach, Matt Bohannon, and Joe Winters at the 2010 ACUI Region 13 Conference.

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TWO QUESTIONS EVERY OWNER MUST ANSWER IN THE LEED PROCESS

Presented by Chet Roach at the 2010 ACUI Region 6 Conference.

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LEED THE PROCESS: MANAGING THE DESIGN TEAM

Presented by Chet Roach and Bart Hall at the 2010 ACUI Region 12 Conference.

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STUDENT UNION SURVEY RESULTS PRESENTED AT TOWN-HALL MEETING

More than one hundred students showed up at Pierson Auditorium on Thursday evening for a discussion on the proposed new student union.

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