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December 6, 2012 
 
 
 
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This Morning's
Student Housing
Master Class

 
The energy was high this morning at the W Chicago-City Center, where 325 joined us for Bisnow's Chicago Student Housing Summit.
 
Janice Johnson and Anthony Frink expertly moderated panels that broke down Chicago student housing trends. Big draw: Top execs from Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, VOA Associates, Opus Development, the University of Illinois, among others. We'll have detailed coverage on Monday, but before the event even started, we hung out with one of our speakers. (Call it primitive Bisnow tailgating.)
 
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A self-portrait of VOA’s Mike Siegel. He tells us student housing is the vehicle that universities need to help students stay connected with a school's sense of place, values, and beliefs: “Roosevelt University is a great example. Its Wabash expansion connects with the Auditorium Building Campus and the City of Chicago, and allows the university to sustain its mission. It connects the students with why the university exists, and the social justice foundation of a Roosevelt University education, allowing for a purpose-based education.”

 
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As for connectivity in a more literal sense, Mike adds, "It’s proven to me every day that students are incredibly connected. Even more impressive is that they’re agnostic in their devices and platforms; they can go anywhere and use most any device or software platform and get connected and get something done.” It’s a characteristic of modern students that designers need to keep in mind.
Gerry Curciarello, co-owner of the Buckingham in the South Loop, a student housing property in downtown Chicago (below), recently oversaw the transition of the landmark property from a student housing facility with a master lease to Columbia College to one open to any students. He tells us the change has gone well, with the property 94% leased, occupied by students from Columbia, but also Kendall, Roosevelt, the School of the Art Institute, and DePaul. “We wanted a property more in line with standard student housing practices,” he says.
The property, which dates from 1929 as an office building, was able to be redeveloped into apartment-style student housing in the mid-2000s; the demand for student housing in the Loop was more vibrant then. “Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of favorable winds for expanding student housing any more,” he tells us—applications are down, tuition is up, and jobs for graduates are scarce. Even nationally, he says, companies looking to expand into student housing need to be careful, since there are a number of markets overbuilt or on the verge of it.

ComEd’s Trade Ally Brings You Savings

 
Like ComEd, Orion Energy Systems Chicago president Bill Carlson is committed to reducing wasteful energy costs. As a Trade Ally in the ComEd Smart Ideas For Your Business® program, Orion will help you lower your energy costs while making sure you take advantage of applicable incentives. The key: identifying and implementing energy-efficiency improvements to your lighting and/or equipment. How it works is easy: First, the Smart Ideas team visits your facility and reviews your building systems. Then, they send you a letter outlining suggestions for improvements and assessing energy and potential cash savings. Lastly, a trade ally like Orion brings the suggestions to life. Through the installation of energy-saving lighting fixtures, occupancy sensors, and daylighting systems, trade allies like Bill have helped companies significantly reduce lighting power consumption with paybacks less than two years. Since the company’s inception in 1996, Orion has delivered more than $1.6B in energy savings to 8,000 facilities—an incredible partnership with Smart Ideas. Get started on your savings and improvements now. Click here.
 
Remember when a telephone on the wall was considered a major amenity in student housing? Send ideas and suggestions to dees.stribling@bisnow.com and susan@bisnow.com.
 
 
 
 
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