Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY

Campus Edge Student Housing, Workforce Housing, and Retail/Dining Development Analysis and Updates

In 2001 B&D was retained by Somerset Builders to assist in the development of a concept for a mixed -use development, Collegetown, planned on a site at the edge of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus.  Because RIT was so isolated, students, faculty, and staff were very enthused about this development.  Somerset had recently built student housing for RIT that had been very successful and the institute gave them approval to proceed with a proposal for this new development.  Our scope of work included tours and interviews with RIT officers; focus groups, surveys, and interviews with students, faculty and staff; retail and housing demand analyses; and a detailed analysis of Collegetown and similar developments.  We recommended a new urbanism approach to include 80,000 SF of retail and services, several hundred apartment-style beds and 80 to 180 for-sale units.  In both 2005 and 2006, Somerset retained us again to update our 2001 study.  And in 2008, Park Point at RIT was completed.  The 636,000 SF, $77 million development features extensive retail options and 918 apartment-style beds.

Presentations 

Collaborative University Partnerships: Planning for Future Campus Capital Projects in a Challenging Economic EnvironmentPresented by Katie Karp and Ryan Conway at the 2012 ITGA Conference.

The Current State of Public-Private Partnerships: Does It Make More or Less Sense in These Turbulent Financial Times?Presented by Jeff Turner, Sam Jung, Pat Mielke, and Joanie Millane at the 2009 ACUHO-I Conference.

Park Point at RITPresented by Jeff Turner, Tom George, Kevin Wilmot, and Janine von Juergensonn at the 2009 IPED Higher Education & Real Estate Conference.

Maximize the Value of the Real Estate Assets of Higher Education InstitutionsPresented by Jeff Turner at the 2008 IPEDS Conference.

Project Delivery MethodsPresented by Jeff Turner at the 2007 Forum on Higher Education Project Delivery Alternatives.

Essentials of Partnering: Process, Process, ProcessPresented by Jeff Turner at the 2007 NACUBO Conference: Public-Private Partnerships for Facilities.

Maximize the Value of the Real Estate Assets of Higher Education InstitutionsPresented by Jeff Turner and Robert Dickey at the 2007 IPEDS Conference.

Publications 

Facilities Funding Thaws

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Trends and Benchmarking Data for the Modern Union

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