University of Louisiana Lafayette Student Housing
As a major institution in the Louisiana University System, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was challenged by the current number and condition of student housing offerings. The existing housing stock did not meet the needs of their current students and could only accommodate approximately 11% of its student body as compared with 20% or more at competitive peer institutions.
In response, the University issued an RFP for a developer for a new and improved housing. Carter was hired to assist with the evaluation of proposals. Upon selection of the development team, Carter was engaged to continue services as an owner’s representative for the overall project in support of the institution and Foundation’s overall vision and goals. This 1,934 bed project involved the demolition of 5 existing buildings, the construction of 4 new buildings, and the renovation of 3 buildings. It also included 850 spaces of structured parking and 8,000 SF of retail space.
The project was delivered within a 30-month timeline. The first phase, delivered in August of 2011, included 462 beds and the parking deck. An additional 468 beds were made available for occupancy in January of 2012 was the remaining 1,004 beds (882 new beds and 122 renovated beds) completed in August of 2012.