April 23, 2014 | Week 17
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Savannah College of Art and Design Builds Housing Inside Parking Garage      
Artist and SCAD alum Marcus Kenny, left, and SCAD President and co-founder Paula Wallace in the North America-themed "pad."

Atlanta - The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has debuted an urban housing project called SCADpads, in which teams of students and alumni across multiple disciplines have developed and built housing modules for students that fit inside a standard parking space. Three 135-square-foot "pads" plus common areas welcomed students attending Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., campuses to try living on the fourth floor of SCAD's Atlanta campus parking deck.



The project was inspired by the idea of sourcing creative solutions to urban housing problems. "Parking structures are a unique and very recent building type," says Christian Sottile, dean of the School of Building Arts at SCAD. "It's not a structure that cities, architects and designers have examined as opportunities for urban living." There are 105 million parking space in the United States, or five spaces for every car, and the approximately 40,000 parking structures in the United States operate at half capacity, according to data SCAD gathered from the Urban Land Institute and the U.S. Census. Here's more on this collaborative project.

Laurie Lyons Joins Cardinal Group Management As Principal    
Laurie Lyons
Laurie Lyons
Denver -
Laurie Lyons has joined Cardinal Group Management as a principal. In her new role, she will be responsible for business development, client relations and strategic consulting of property management operations. Lyons began a 30-year career in real estate as an onsite manager for a 287-unit multifamily portfolio. Later she focused on management, acquisitions and asset management responsibilities for BH Equities. She went on to co-found and serve as CEO for BH Management Services. Prior to joining Cardinal Group Management, Lyons was senior vice president for multifamily operator the Lynd Company where she developed business opportunities. 
UC Berkeley Housing, Built Over a Former Parking Lot, Earns LEED Gold
Maximino Commons
Maximino Martinez Commons. Photo courtesy of Thornton Tomasetti.

Berkeley, Calif. - Maximino Martinez Commons, a 416-bed housing community on campus at the University of California, Berkeley, has achieved LEED Gold. Engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti provided sustainability consulting services for the $53 million project, which is 147,000 square feet and is located on a former university parking lot. The commons offers sophomores and upper-division students options of five five-bedroom suites, 47 four-bedroom suites or 98 double occupancy units. The housing opened in 2012. Here's more on this projects sustainability features.
The Scion Group Implements Roommate Software At Some Communities
Chicago - The Scion Group has adopted the Roommate Connect software developed by Compatibility, a cloud-based technology company based in Chicago, to improve resident matching at a portion of its communities comprised of nearly 16,000 beds in 17 campus markets. Compatibility is a proprietary psychometric assessment software that uses an algorithm to measure variables such as likes, dislikes, behaviors, personality and interests. The Scion Group says it aims to improve resident satisfaction and reduce attrition by facilitating better roommate matching and producing agreeable relationships among roommates.
Asset Campus Housing To Manage Complex Close to Blinn College                 

Bryan, Texas
- Asset Campus Housing will manage the College Edge apartments in Bryan, Texas. The community is less than 100 feet from Blinn College. The complex will soon undergo renovations to the clubhouse, computer lab and interior units. The community is 99 percent occupied and at press time is preleased 10 percent more than this time last year.
List Your Company In The Goldbook of Student Housing  

Goldbook Atlanta -
The staff of Student Housing Business is once again preparing to publish The Goldbook of Student Housing in the summer of 2014. As the directory for the student housing industry, The Goldbook is a source for companies who own, manage, and operate student housing, as well as vendor companies who provide services and products to the industry. List your company -- free of charge -- by completing a short form at:

The deadline for listings is May 31, 2014. 
And The Innovator Goes To...    
Austin, Texas -
The Student Housing Business Innovator Awards were announced and presented on Thursday, April 10th, during the 6th annual InterFace Student Housing conference.

The Innovator Awards, the industry's only awards program, celebrate excellence in off- and on-campus student housing. Over 175 leading industry professionals attend the gala awards ceremony and presentation which saw both some familiar names and newcomers take home the much sought-after Innovators

Here's a full list of winners and categories (look for more coverage in the May/June issue of Student Housing Business)

On Campus
Best Architecture and Design: Design Collective, Inc. for Livingston Campus Living Community at Rutgers University

Best Use of Green/Sustainable Development: Hastings + Chivetta Architects for Deep Green Student Housing at Berea College

Best Renovation of Existing Dorm or University Housing: University of Cincinnati for Morgens Hall renovations

Best Public-Private Development: EdR, 2400 Nueces

Most Creative Public Private Financing: American Campus Communities, Manzanita Hall at Arizona State University

American Campus Communities

Best Implementation of Mixed Use in New Development or Renovation: American Campus Communities, Chestnut Square, Drexel University

Best Vendor/University Solution: EdR, 929 - Fiber Optic Link


Best New Development: EdR, 2400 Nueces at University of Texas 


Off Campus

Best New Development Less Than 200 Beds: Campus Acquisitions, Icon Gardens Isla Vista

Best New Development, Boutique: Chance Partners, Horizon

Best Renovation of Existing Project: Cardinal Group Management, Mint Urban Red River

Best Use of Green/Sustainable Development: Humphreys & Partners Architects, Sterling Alvarado

Most Creative Financing: NorthMarq Capital, NorthView at UCF

Best Turnaround Project: Cardinal Group Management, Auraria Student Lofts, Denver 

Best Vendor/Operator Solution: EdR (with Elauwit Networks), University Towers

Best Package/Offering of Amenities: Landmark Properties, Retreat at State College


Best Marketing & Lease-Up Program: Aspen Heights, Aspen Heights, Stillwater



Aspen Heights
Aspen Heights


Best Social Media Campaign: Aspen Heights, Aspen Heights Clemson   


Best Architecture Design, Greater Than 200 Beds: CORE Campus, The Hub on Campus 


Best New Development, Greater Than 200 Beds: CORE Campus, The Hub on Campus 

Colliers Arranges Sale of West Virginia Property For $32 Million     
West Run
West Run near WVU.

Morgantown, W. Va. - The Colliers International Student Housing Group recently arranged the sale of West Run apartments, a 332-unit, 994-bed off-campus student housing facility near West Virginia University, for $32 million. Columbus, Ohio-based Peak Property Group purchased West Run from seller Bridge Partners, headquartered near San Francisco. West Run is located two miles from WVU's campus and is the largest off-campus student housing facility in Morgantown. Colliers International's Travis Prince and Dorothy Jackman handled the transaction between the buyer and the seller. Lee Weaver, senior vice president of NorthMarq Capital's Tampa-based regional office, secured  $26.3 million in financing for the acquisition.
View From The Academe: SMU To Debut A Progressive Overhaul Of Its Housing System For Fall Semester

Lori White
Dr. Lori White, VP for Student Affairs, SMU.

In fall 2014, Southern Methodist University's Dallas-area campus will commence a housing program that will put the private institution's housing in league with Oxford, Cambridge and such esteemed American universities as Harvard, Duke and Vanderbilt. SMU will soon begin its residential college (RC) program, in which students will be divided among 11 residential commons where they will live for at least the first two years of their college career. In one of the largest construction projects to date in SMU's 100-year history, five new buildings have been erected, and six have been retrofitted - all by the Dallas-Fort Worth office of architecture firm KSQ - to pave the way for this new route to learning. Student Housing Business spoke with Dr. Lori White, vice president for student affairs, about the origins and hopes for the new residential model. Click here for the full interview.
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