Young Harris College

Young Harris, GA

Student Housing Market Study, Financial Analysis, and Program Management

In 2008 Young Harris College engaged B&D to conduct a market and financial study for building new student housing on campus, coinciding with its transition from a two- to a four-year institution.  The purpose of this study was to examine existing and future conditions of on-campus housing, quantify demand for the proposed housing project, and determine interest in amenities that would attract students to a new complex. At the time, the college was a private, residential, liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 600 students.  The residential experience was an integral part of the campus experience and served as a critical part of each student’s personal and intellectual growth.  There were seven residence halls on campus with capacity for 533 students. The first residence halls came on line in 1959, and the newest were completed in 2002.  A recent assessment of existing residence halls revealed deficiencies related to mold, drainage, wiring, and waste. The lack of elevators in certain halls created accessibility issues, and it was recommended that upgrades to security systems and plumbing be addressed. To determine demand for new housing, we considered the following: existing conditions of current residence halls; survey results and focus group interviews; projected enrollment based on the transition to four-year status; site opportunities; project costs; and project schedule. Upon completion of our study, we recommended building 200 new suite-style units to meet expected enrollment increases, enabling the college to meet demand over the next three years and allowing more flexibility for demolition and renovations of some of the existing halls. The college then retained us to serve as its representative with selected architects and construction firms for the development of the project. The $12.5 million, 62,045 SF housing complex was completed in 2009, on time and significantly under budget and has since received LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  And in 2010, it received a gold medal in the Brick in Architecture Awards, as well as an Associated Builders and Contractors "Excellence in Construction" award.

Presentations 

Designing Community: Progressive Housing, "Pods," & Other National TrendsPresented by Chet Roach, Stuart Miller, and Jackson Kane at the 2015 ACUHO-I Conference.

Designing Community: Progressive Housing, "Pods," & Other National TrendsPresented by Chet Roach, Stuart Miller, and Jackson Kane at the 2015 SEAHO Conference.

Designing Community: Progressive Housing, "Pods," & Other National TrendsPresented by Chet Roach, Stuart Miller, and Joe Greco at the 2014 Georgia Housing Officers Conference.

Building Community Through Student HousingPresented by Joe Winters at the 2013 TACUHO Annual Conference.

In the News 

Building the BrandTo accommodate a record surge in student enrollment and its own ambitious growth plans, historic Young Harris College in mountainous northeast Georgia is aggressively building new facilities.

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