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Investing in Existing Residence Halls for Bright Futures
Published October 26, 2021
Presented by Lynne Deninger, CannonDesign | Marisa Nemcik, CannonDesign | Alma Sealine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Almost every institution has existing residence halls that they could upgrade for a fraction of the cost of building new. As institutions seek to meet student housing needs, they should consider renovating existing buildings as a viable strategy for creating state-of-the-art facilities. Taking this path can extend building life, attract students, and save capital. In this session, we'll provide you with practical strategies that you can apply at your institution as you explore the possibilities of renovating existing student housing facilities.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Educate others on how to evaluate existing student residence halls to determine if they are viable for renovation and rejuvenation.
  2. Advocate for renovation as an effective strategy to improve buildings, enhance student experience, reduce capital expenditure, and extend building life.
  3. Share case studies of how other institutions have effectively revived aging residential buildings and transformed them into wildly popular and attractive student housing.
  4. Share extensive information around leading student housing trends, needs, and approaches for the future.


Lynne Deninger, Principal, CannonDesign
Marisa Nemcik, Senior Associate, CannonDesign
Alma Sealine, Executive Director of University Housing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPC21C1388) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Delivered 10/26/2021.

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