West Lafayette, Ind. — Blacksburg, Virginia-based Pointe West Management — a third-party operator serving a portfolio of 2,500 beds surrounding Virginia Tech University — has merged with Granite Student Living. West Lafayette-based Granite provides third-party management for a portfolio of 9,500 beds across eight states. The company is currently pursuing other mergers, as well as traditional property management assignments. Granite focuses largely on student housing and offers a sub-brand, TRU living, which serves communities targeting graduate students and young professionals, as well as traditional multifamily properties.