Architecture and Design

The Dickson Furniture Manufacturing plant

Selecting a vendor for off-campus student housing furniture means considering many moving parts to keep a complicated process moving forward. To talk timing, process and practical considerations for furniture, Student Housing Business sat down with Kris Benson, director of sales at Dickson Furniture Manufacturers, a U.S. company that specializes in designing, engineering, building and coordinating the delivery and installation of student housing goods. When considering purchasing furniture for a student housing property, Benson recommends the following checklist of important questions to streamline the process: What is your timeline? Who are you …

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Doug Mueller Student Housing Furniture Design quote

Just as modern student housing suites are rendering the utilitarian college dorm rooms of past generations obsolete, more stylish furniture options in today’s units have replaced yesterday’s purely functional and no-frills standard. Considering the habits of the average college renter are evolving much more slowly, however, student housing owners continue to demand durability. Ultimately, this characteristic directly affects the value of properties, suggests Doug Mueller, CEO of Dickson Furniture Manufacturers, a Houston-based company that primarily caters to the student housing and hotel industries. That’s especially true when considering furniture typically …

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Architecture-3Credit-Chris-Luker

Anyone who has ever worked with teenagers and young adults can attest that these populations are sometimes hard to please. Many are still finding their voice, remain uncertain of their priorities, or don’t see the difference between what they want and what they need.  But architects do. Design professionals have become experts at accommodating both the desires and necessities of today’s residential student population. Throw in COVID-19, however, and priorities have shifted a bit. Some students prefer in-person classes, while others are comfortable working from their rooms. Some are willing …

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On-campus

Two years after COVID-19 lockdowns shuttered universities and sparked momentary doubt over the future of student housing, both enrollment and housing occupancies have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels as schools have largely returned to some sense of normalcy. Most universities have either rolled back or continue to relax mask mandates, gathering restrictions and other safety measures that have affected college life and housing for the past 24 months. “We are continuing to see colleges and universities adjust policies back toward pre-COVID ‘norms’ across campuses, including in housing,” reports Gregory Dandrea, a …

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Canvas

Tempe, Ariz. — Interior design firm Mary Cook Associates (MCA) has completed the interiors at CANVAS, an 826-bed student housing development near Arizona State University in Tempe.  The project was delivered in August 2021 by Toll Brothers Campus Living. The property features amenities including social areas; study pods; ride-share lounges; cafe space with coffee service and cold brew on-tap; a courtyard; a think-tank with computer equipment; hammock lounge; resort-style deck; podcast recording studio; state-of-the-art gaming lounge; fitness center; and a spa with a nail bar, sauna and spray tan booth.  …

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When the world shut down over a year ago, architects, designers and developers took a collective pause to assess what needed to change in the built environment. A particularly scrutinous eye was paid to off-campus student housing, a sector whose successful model was based on bringing students together, not keeping them a safe distance apart. Some sweeping changes were recommended at the onset — many operational in nature, based on the latest guidance from health officials. As courses moved online and on-campus residence halls closed, off-campus communities emerged as a …

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  On Mar. 24, Student Housing Business hosted the webinar “HVAC and Student Housing – Challenges & Solutions for Today’s Campus.” The previous year has highlighted the need for energy-efficient, resilient systems that can lower costs. When looking at student housing HVAC system options, what key features are institutions and off-campus housing developers requesting? Joe Shivell, vice president, Architecture & Engineering, The Michaels Organization, explains “What we see across the country on the campuses that we serve is a requirement for high performance based systems that really have an extended life cycle. The basis of this …

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As the true artists of the industry today, architectural firms are not only designing luxurious, sophisticated buildings, but are also more reactive and ambidextrous than ever, responding in real time to the evolution of social behaviors and the rapidly fluctuating costs of materials. Amenities and designs continue to push the envelope. Across the board, architects are confident demand will remain post-pandemic as students return to campus following vaccine rollouts. At the same time, their creativity is broadening as they envision and design spaces where students can connect and distance at …

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In this hour-long webinar presented Nov. 19, furniture and design experts discussed how surroundings are connected to wellness, comfort and feelings of safety and well-being for many students. In the webinar titled “Student Housing Furniture and Wellness — Designing Healthy Spaces,” panelists from University Furnishings explore what makes a student feel at home. Topics include biophilic design, noise reduction and best practices when it comes to cleaning and maintaining resident spaces. Health and safety have never been more important to students, and this webinar focuses on how to provide what …

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Niles Bolton Design

Members of Generation Z are known for many traits — they’re serious students, and more focused on affordability, academic success and personal health than their predecessors, the millennial population. They’re digital natives with an eye for technological advancement. They are individuals and want a unique space that matches their distinct personalities. They care about the environment and are attracted to spaces designed to be environmentally-friendly and sustainable.  For developers, incorporating interior designs that appeal to these sensibilities can be the differentiating factor that turns leads into leases — even in …

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