Planning for Higher Education Journal

Campus Housing: The Turnkey Route

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From Volume 1 Number 1 | August 1972
By James J. Morisseau
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont, University of Delaware

Building cost escalation has forced up the price of new campus housing to the point that, under conventional planning and construction methods, dormitory space can cost as much as $10,000 or more per bed. Given such costs, many institutions find it difficult if not impossible to finance new housing without raising student rental charges to prohibitive levels. In response, a number of institutions have sought ways to provide housing at substantially lower cost. One solution is the so-called "turnkey" approach, in which a developer plans, designs, and builds new housing to meet the institution's specifications at a predetermined, fixed cost. This article describes the successful application of the turnkey technique at three institutions--the Universities of Rhode Island, Vermont, and Delaware.

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