As Student Housing Booms, Builders Eye Opportunities

Living Large This August, The Michaels Organization will open a 12-story, 350-bed apartment complex on Rutgers University's campus in Camden, N.J., the first project of this developer's year-old student housing division.

Cooperative Comfort In August 2011, Idaho-based Active West Builders completed its first student housing project, a 14-unit student co-op called The Gee, on the campus of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Deluxe Kitchen At The Gee at Gonzaga University, amenities include stainless steel appliances.

Leisure Time Resort-style living has become a big selling point for student apartments such as Campus Crest Communities' complex in Statesboro, N.C.

Taking the Plunge A large pool is the centerpiece of Campus Crest Communities' student housing bulidings in San Marcos, Texas.

Tight Spaces Many colleges are located in urban centers, so finding land for nearby student housing can be a challenge. Pictured is University Lofts in Cleveland, last year's Builder's Choice Grand winner, designed by City Architecture and built by Marcus Brothers Construction.

Energy-Efficient Building Student housing at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, built by Hardison/Downey/Kitchell, includes 1,720 beds within 563,000 square feet.

The Gold Standard Laundry hangs drying in the “sustainabiliity room” inside student housing at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. This building earned LEED Gold certification.

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