Last spring, UNC Wilmington officials estimated a 1,300-bed shortage for the freshman class of 2021. Then in the fall, Hurricane Florence hit the campus, causing $140 million in damages and bringing the housing shortfall total to 1,900. That event helped instigate UNCW’s first public-private partnership (P3).
The student housing P3 venture is bringing a high-quality, inclusive housing, study, and a collaboration environment to approximately 1,800 first- and second-year students. “We believe that [the P3] structure is an effective way to bring the facilities online,” said Miles Lackey, UNCW vice chancellor for business affairs, in a November 19, 2018 Greater Wilmington Business Journal article.
The new Student Housing Village is composed of four energy-efficient buildings featuring semi-suites, traditional double-accommodation rooms, spa-like bath facilities, meeting rooms, classrooms, a student-success center, and parking. Student rooms and collaboration spaces overlook an outdoor market-style area complete with bistro tables, gathering spots, and retail shops.
The student housing P3 venture is headed by Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions as the developer and contractor. Clark Nexsen is the architect. McKim & Creed is furnishing site/civil engineering, landscape architecture, hardscape design, and construction administration. Utilizing the design-build project delivery method has cut the typical design-through-construction schedule in half. Construction for the $116-million facility is scheduled for 2021.
*South view rendering courtesy of Clark Nexsen