University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

Student Center Retail Market Analysis and Financial Analysis

B&D was engaged by the University of Vermont in 2002 to study the retail capacity and potential of a proposed new on-campus student center.  Student centers on most public campuses are funded and operated through a combination of student fees, revenue generation, and fundraising activity.  The primary purpose of this study was to give the university a clear perspective of what revenues could be generated through retail-related units so the amounts needed from student fees and fundraising efforts could be more fully understood. We completed a market and financial analysis, including a review of existing retail on and off campus, a demographic analysis, a series of interviews with administrators and service providers, and a review of existing campus retail financial information.  The analysis yielded a financial model and recommendations to the university to be considered for the subsequent phases of the proposed new on-campus student center project. The 186,000 SF, $61 million Dudley H. Davis Student Center opened in 2007.  The facility is the first student union in the U.S. to receive LEED Gold certification.

Presentations 

Constructing a Strategic Decision Making Framework for Capital ProjectsPresented by Chet Roach and Peter Isaac at the 2011 ACUI Region 3 Conference.

Why Simply Pursuing National Trends Will Undercut Your InvestmentPresented by Chet Roach at the 2011 ACUI Region 12 Conference.

Clear Vision Produces Unique SolutionsPresented by Chet Roach at the 2011 ACUI Region 8 Conference.

Clarity in Vision Equals Effectiveness in OutcomePresented by Chet Roach at the 2011 ACUI Region 14 Conference.

The Hottest National Student Center Trends Are Probably Not Right for YouPresented by Chet Roach at the 2011 ACUI Region 13 Conference.

LEEDing Answers: Achieving Consensus and Providing Clarity for Your LEED ProjectPresented by Chet Roach, Matt Bohannon, and Joe Winters at the 2010 ACUI Region 13 Conference.

Two Questions Every Owner Must Answer in the LEED ProcessPresented by Chet Roach at the 2010 ACUI Region 6 Conference.

LEED the Process: Managing the Design TeamPresented by Chet Roach and Bart Hall at the 2010 ACUI Region 12 Conference.

Improving Campus Life at Your InstitutionPresented by Jeff Turner, Pat Brown, and Hank Colker at the 2003 NACAS East Conference.

Publications 

A Focus on Campus Life: What Type of Programming Is Right for Your Campus?

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In the News 

Facility Focus: University of VermontThe University of Vermont's rich tradition is reflected in its bucolic quadrangle and the historic buildings that surround it.

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Walking the Walk: University of Vermont's Dudley H. Davis Center "LEEDS" Environmental Stewardship on CampusReceiving the distinction of being the first student center to receive LEED Gold certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council has not been an achievement taken lightly by the students and full-time staff working at the Dudley H. Davis Center at The University of Vermont (UVM).

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True to Its RootsTo those who browsed its aisles a few years ago, the UVM Bookstore on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus in Burlington was considered nothing out of the ordinary.

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Davis Center Emerges As UVM’s CenterpieceSuperlatives don't quite capture the Dudley H. Davis Center, the University of Vermont's mammoth new landmark at the top of Main Street celebrating its opening today.

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Cat's MeowThe University of Vermont calls its new $61 million Dudley H. Davis student center "the largest and most ambitious building" in its history, a brick beacon that will serve as the school's "front door."

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An Ambitious New University CommonsThe University of Vermont’s ambitious new student commons, set to break ground in the spring of 2005, is a case study in how a data-driven approach can build consensus for a much needed but financially challenging project, while pointing the way toward design specifics.

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