Agenda Item No. ____________

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Phase II Student Housing


In February 2000, Campus Housing Solutions, Inc. was hired to assess the demand for student apartment housing at Washburn University. To arrive at the recommendations in their study, several analyses were completed as follows:

An analysis of student enrollment data from 1990 to the present, including historic head-count enrollment by academic level.

A "self-selecting" student housing survey was conducted on-campus March 15 through March 17, 2000. The survey provided data on characteristics of Washburn students and what they seek in housing.

A review of city population, housing construction and rent level changes within the City of Topeka and more specifically within the university area.

Interviews with persons involved in housing management and development in Topeka and persons active in the local real estate market.

Four student focus groups were held.

On-campus interviews were conducted with several departments directly related to student life.

The final report was issued by Campus Housing solutions in April 2000 which concluded a successful Living Learning Center will create demand for more university student housing either on or within walking distance of campus.

A Phase II On-Campus Housing Planning Committee was established in June 2000 to study and anticipate on-campus housing needs for upper class and graduate single students. This committee was charged with the task of determining where additional housing could be located, the type of additional housing and how many units would be needed.

After several meetings, the committee determined additional resources were needed to complete the charge issued by the President. As a result, Treanor Architects were hired to provide the following services:

Given examples of appropriate on-campus housing type/unit for upper class students.

Provide an architectural program that determines the scale and content of an approximately 200 bed project.

Assist in the determination of the location for the new residence building.

Analyze and review and code restrictions or parameters that may impact the structure.

Provide an estimate of probably cost.

Review and assist in establishing a construction schedule.

Document in a final format the conclusions of the study.


Representatives of the Phase II Housing Planning Committee and Treanor Architects met with the Regents Housing Committee on January 5, 2001 and presented the findings of the committee to date along with concepts for additional housing. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Administration requested we seek Board of Regents approval at the January 2001 meeting to:

Approve the program statement for Phase II Housing

Authorize architect selection process to begin

Approve project financing plan

Subsequent to the January 5 meeting, the Administration decided after numerous discussions to modify its recommendation to seek authorization to negotiate a contract with Treanor Architects for architectural services related to the Phase II Housing project. We feel this will save approximately three months and help ensure the project can be completed by June 2002 for a Fall 2002 opening.

The projected total project budget is $6,730,020 as follows:

Total Construction Cost (62,590 sq.ft.) $5,098,500

Site Work 509,850

Soft Costs 1,121,670

Total Project Cost $6,730,020

The funding source will be a bond issue. Attachment A illustrates a first year pro-forma for the project based on a $6.75 million bond issue.


See above.


President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve the program statement (Attachment B), authorize the Administration to negotiate a contract with Treanor Architects, and approve the project financing plan.

Date Signature __________________________

Jerry Farley, President

Attachment B




Project: Phase II Student Housing

Mission Statement: To design and create additional student housing

supporting Washburn University's goal of creating a more

traditional residential environment for Washburn students.

Description: Additional residential facilities will be designed to serve as

transitional housing for students beyond the freshman year.

The housing will be transitional in the sense that they bridge the gap between residence hall living and the complete independence of apartment living.

The facilities will add a maximum of 200 additional beds on campus. Suites will be configured as 2- and 4-bedroom

units with 1-2 bathrooms, a shared living area and a small

galley kitchen/kitchenette. Suites will be wired for data

ports and local phone services and will provide basic cable

television. The facilities will also include a common

multipurpose area and conference room, laundry facilities,

public restrooms, a hall director's apartment, and an

office/reception area. The residential housing facilities

will be configured in a way to manage access into the units

after hours.

Guiding principles that will be considered during the

design, development, and construction phase are:

A student life component will be included in the project;

Appropriate security will be incorporated into the design;

Each suite will have food preparation capabilities in modest kitchenettes;

Room rates will be competitive with the campus-area market;

The residential facilities will be built to a 20-year construction standard similar to residential apartment complexes now being constructed;

The residential facilities will be aesthetically compatible with the campus architecture;

The preferred site location for the residential facilities is the Southwest corner of the campus;

The new housing facilities will open Fall 2002.

Introduction: Residential living plays a vital role in the college

experience by providing students a "fail safe" environment

in which to interact with peers from around Kansas, the

United States, and the world. Individuals residing in on-

campus residential facilities have the convenience of being

close to services, classes, and campus activities; the

opportunity to development lasting friendships; an

immediate exposure to a community living experience; the

opportunity for involvement in special events and

positions of leadership; and an exposure to educational

experiences that complement and enhance student learning.

Research studies have shown students who are

"connected" to their colleges/universities through academic

or social integration are more likely to complete their

academic careers in a timely and successful manner.

Similar studies have indicated students have a tendency

to learn more through out-of-the-classroom experiences.

Efforts to provide purposeful educational opportunities that

enhance students' growth and development can be greatly

strengthened by the on-campus living experience.

The Living Learning Center will provide students with an

opportunity to reside in close proximity to classrooms, dining, and student services. Special programs (e.g., faculty in residence, Freshman Interest Groups, mentors) will add value to the learning experience. The LLC will provide an ideal environment to ease the transition from high school to college.

The next phase in the residential life experience is to

provide "transitional" accommodations for students beyond

the freshman year. The new 200-bed addition will provide

modern, on-campus housing opportunities and will enhance

the dynamic environment being created by the addition of

the Living Learning Center, the renovation of Memorial

Student Union, and other campus enhancement projects.

Results of a housing study issued in April 2000 concluded

the viability of additional on-campus housing is

exclusively connected to the success of the Living Learning Center attracting first-time, full-time students from outside

the Topeka area to reside on campus their freshman year.

Additional residential facilities will provide students with

an attractive on-campus housing option beyond the

freshman year.

Statement of Need:

1. Student Recruitment and Retention

Need: To provide transitional housing for students beyond the freshman year.

Solution: The creation of the Living Learning Center will attract many new students to Washburn University. There is need to ensure housing will be available for these students beyond their first year. While these students might choose to reside in the Living Learning Center for additional years, they will displace other new students from living in that facility. By creating additional housing, students will have an attractive option for remaining on campus.

2. Enhancement of Student Life

Need: To increase student involvement on campus.

Solution: As the number of students residing on campus increases, there will be a greater demand for opportunities for campus involvement. This demand should lead to growth in attendance at University events (e.g., concerts, plays, lectures, athletic contests), increased membership in student organizations, and an increased interest in student activities. As these programs grow, more students will want to stay on campus.

3. Residential Living and Student Development

Need: To provide a variety of living options for students as they prepare for self-sufficient apartment living.

Solution: By providing "transitional" housing, students will have the opportunity to move from a traditional residence hall environment to one that allows for more autonomy within an environment that continues to provide mentoring and standards for this residential community. In addition, hall staff will be available to assist with programming and learning initiatives but to a different degree than the programs being provided in the LLC. Residents will have the option to prepare some meals in their suites while choosing to purchase additional meals through their board plans. Utilities and other services (local phone, cable TV) would be provided in the room rates. These facilities will provide convenient and increasingly autonomous living arrangements for students as they experience their own personal growth and development and will better prepare them for future, totally autonomous living experiences.

Project Date: Completion of project by June 2002 for an official Fall

Semester 2002 opening.

Budget Projection: $6,730,020

Financial Plan:

Cost Projections:

Total Construction Cost (62,590 sf) $5,098,500

Site Work 509,850

Soft Costs 1,121,670

Total Project Cost $6,730,020

Funding Source: Bond issue

Conclusion: The proposed Phase II housing will provide students with

an attractive, on-campus residential option beyond the

freshman year. It will allow students to experience more autonomy while still providing some structure in their lives.

As residential life increases so, too, will the vitality of the


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