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University of Louisiana Lafayette Student Housing

Lafayette, LA

As a major institution in the Louisiana University System, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was challenged by the current condition and offerings of student housing to potential and existing students. The existing housing stock was substandard in that it did not meet the needs of today’s students and could only accommodate approximately 11% of its student body as compared with 20% or more at its peer institutions.

In response, the University issued an RFP for new and improved housing and Carter was brought on board 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 and the new construction of 4 buildings, as well as the renovation of another 3 buildings. It also encompassed 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 along with the parking deck. An additional 468 beds were made available for occupancy in January of 2012 and the remaining 1,004 beds (882 new beds and 122 renovated beds) were completed in August of 2012; this third phase included the construction of 2 new buildings, as well as 3 building renovations.

Product Type

Student Housing

Scope of Services

Project Size

470,000 sf - new construction
57,000 sf - renovation
1,934 beds




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