Videos

On June 16, Student Housing Business and sponsor ecobee hosted the webinar “Using Technology to Reduce Energy and Operational Costs in Student Housing.” Smart thermostats can help save energy and reduce operating costs in student housing. Expert panelists tackled topics like trends in students housing climate control, best practices for implementing IoT devices and the types of challenges these projects often face (including periods of low/no occupancy, lack of visibility/control and inefficient use of assets). With tips on energy savings, reducing operating costs, avoiding costly repairs and enabling staff to control thermostats, …

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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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On Mar. 4, Student Housing Business and sponsor University Furnishings hosted the webinar “The 2021 Outlook for the Student Housing Industry.” What can professionals in student housing expect in terms of investment and capital flows, leasing and development, operations and financing for fall 2021? What will the long- and short-term effects of COVID-19 be on planning and momentum in the industry? Click here to listen to the panel. Also see below for a list of hot topics brought to light by four expert panelists in this one-hour discussion. Panelists: Bill Bayless, American Campus Communities …

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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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Mary DeNiro, CEO and Executive Director of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I), spoke via video chat with Randy Shearin and Rich Kelley of Student Housing Business to discuss how ACUHO-I is continuing to serve its members by providing a platform for networking and connection in a time of social distancing and cancelled conferences. Virtual roundtables and discussion forums have become essential to DeNiro’s organization, as members reach out to ACUHO-I for guidance or to offer their time and assistance. Watch Deniro’s brief discussion with Student …

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Christine Richards, Executive Director of Real Estate Operations at Greystar, and Miles Orth, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Campus Apartments, recently spoke with Randy Shearin and Rich Kelley of Student Housing Business about a vehicle for collaboration in the student housing industry. Richards and Orth created a weekly conference call for student housing industry operators to share resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting off with a small group, these conference calls have since grown to include hundreds of student housing professionals. As Richards points out, student housing …

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On June 17, Student Housing Business hosted a webinar called “Evidence-Based Ways to Make Student Housing Healthier & Safer Post-COVID-19: A Fireside Chat with Paul Scialla of Delos.” This in-depth discussion centered on COVID-19 and how to promote wellness and comfort in student housing. As students return to in-person classes for Fall 2020, there is a greater demand than ever for buildings that promote indoor health and safety. As Scialla explains, “The simple fact is that what surrounds us matters. What we touch matters. What we breathe matters. How we congregate matters.​” Methods for promoting …

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Mark Weinstein, president and founder of MJW Investments, knows a good thing when he sees it. That’s how he got into the student housing industry. But in recent years, many other multifamily developers have segued into student housing, resulting in overbuilding in some areas, such as around Texas A&M. Weinstein does think the tide is turning a bit and the number of players is causing a slowdown, but he doesn’t foresee doom and gloom. Rather, he believes investors and developers will have to work a little harder for that profit. …

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Peter Stelian, CEO and co-founder of Blue Vista, knows there’s increased competition in the market. He also knows that there are development challenges to overcome that may weed out some of the players. Stelian notes, for example, that more than 20 percent of all projects delivered in 2018 failed to meet their construction schedules. This is due to a variety of factors, including labor costs and shortages, in addition to the fact that many projects nowadays are much more complex than they were decades ago. To complete in the market, …

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Rob Bronstein, co-founder of The Scion Group, started his firm as a two-person operation back in 2000. Today, the company maintains a portfolio valued at more than $5 billion with 70,000-plus beds and 1,400 employees. Bronstein believes his firm’s longevity in the market is due to just that ­ having a longer-term outlook that doesn’t get too bogged down in the inevitable market hiccups that happen year to year. Scion continues to deploy that strategy today as it re-enters acquisition mode after taking some time to absorb its last round …

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