P3 Performance for Higher Education

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Published January 1, 2018
By Nic de Salaberry, Ryerson University
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, University of Toronto-Scarborough, Drexel University, Ohio State University-Main Campus, York University-Keele Campus, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, University of California-Merced, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

This is the SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2016–2017 program.

Public-Private Partnership (“P3”) procurement models for built infrastructure serving higher learning institutions started to gain attention in North America in the late 1990s—mostly as an alternative approach to adding student housing at select universities and colleges. More recently, P3 models have been applied to a diverse range of higher learning projects, with some serving core academic and research functions.

Although many institutions are considering P3 approaches among their options to address emerging pressures to expand or update their facilities, their implementation is not yet common. The researcher’s intention was to better understand P3 models and learn how they have performed, possibly generating some useful lessons for how P3 models can be applied with desired outcomes.


Nicolas de Salaberry

Director, Planning and Development
Ryerson University
SCUP Fellow 2016–2017