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1 Housing at Florida Gulf Coast University
Lyndsey Barna, Jennifer Jernigan, Katie Johnson, Levi Pancake, Andrea Voss

2 Overview of Presentation
Why we chose this topic Issues and Survey Video Past What Housing was like before this year Present Waiting List Student’s Perspective Economics of Housing Future South Campus Housing Master Plan Conclusion Solutions

3 The Issues Overpopulation of Housing in August 2006
High cost for on-campus living Population vs. beds next year?

4 Housing Survey Interviewed 100 students at FGCU
44% said Housing was overcrowded All Juniors or Above All said they liked Apartment-Style Living 62% said Housing was Affordable

5 The Past North Lake Village

6 The Early Stages Plans to build a new university on a 760-acre piece of land were started in 1991* In 1996, FGCU set aside approximately 10 acres for housing and another 22 acres for future on-campus housing The need for on-campus housing was due to: The nearest colleges, USF and FIU, were some 150miles away 18-25-year-olds are one of the fastest growing age groups in SWFL Housing at FGCU would attract students who want to leave home but remain in the area

7 Where would the Residence Halls go?
Two locations were proposed The parcel adjacent to the lakefront The parcel southeast of the academic core Option #1 was chosen; campus broke ground on December 17, 1997 August 1998, Phase I of housing completed: 6 buildings (A, B, C, D, E, F) 250 beds 200 students to live in Phase I

8 What style of housing? FGCU wanted to build a community in both classroom and living arrangements* Apartment-style housing, “would allow for the adaptation to be new freedom of college living with the responsibility of cooking and housekeeping. Additionally, it promotes group interaction and supervision by the residence life” (FGCU Housing Proposal).

9 Phases I-VII and beyond…
By 2000, Phases I and II were completed: “538 beds, representing approximately 15% of the Year headcount enrollment (3,666 students)” (Master Plan, ). Phases III (M, N, O) – completed in 2001 Phase IV (P) – completed in 2002 Phase V (S, T, Honors) – completed in 2003 Phase VI (Cypress, Oak, Mangrove) – completed in 2004 Phase VII (Falcon, Sandpiper, Pelican, Egret) – completed in 2005 Today, North Lake Village consists of Phases I-VII, with over 1900 students as residents. As the pattern continues, FGCU will again break ground to expand its need for more on-campus housing.

10 FGCU Master Plan for On-Campus Housing

11 Background 2000-2010 Campus Master Plan
Introduction Review and comparison of other universities 8.6% Opening year 10 years 2008 20 years 2018 Projected head count 1800 8100 16200 Total beds at 8.6% headcount 155 beds 697 beds 1393 beds

12 Current Conditions 2005-2015 Campus Master Plan Projected Housing Need
Year Projected enrollment Total on campus housing need Increment 8,237 1958 existing beds 10,986 2637 678 13,274 3186 549 18,017 4324 1138

13 Percentage of other university housing
Florida Atlantic University Students: 26,000 Beds in housing: 1400 % of students being housed: 5% University of South Florida Students: 41,392 Beds in housing: 4100 % of students being housed: 9%

14 The Present North Lake Village

15 “To provide students with a successful on-campus living/learning residential experience.”
Housing Mission:

16 Housing Styles Single Bedroom Apartment Double Bedroom Apartment
4 Residents 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Living Room Kitchen $2355 per Semester Double Bedroom Apartment 4 Residents 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Living Room Kitchen $1955 per Semester

17 Current Housing Options
Regular Honors Building Wellness Hall Nursing Hall

18 Waiting List? 500 person waiting list in Fall 2006
Largest in School History Many Upset Students  What was done about it? Release contract with current students Let waiting list student know other options No Show Roster

19 What Makes On-Campus Living Successful?
Programming Apartment Style Living Hiring Well-Trained Staff Convenient and No Where Else to Live Tram System From interview with Sholando Campbell

20 Economics of FGCU Student Housing
Economics aspect of housing is a complicated process Housing does not work alone- many people involved Students believe housing fees are too expensive and housing makes huge profit Many payments and expenses housing is responsible for Housing goal is to provide a comfortable and safe living environment

21 Economics of FGCU Student Housing
Housing receives no funding from the university or from the state (considered an auxiliary) Housing must rely on other sources for money Borrows money from a Finance Corporation, which is a nonprofit company This corporation uses investors to provide large amounts of money to housing Money is used to build residential halls and help them operate along with other expenses Housing will eventually have to pay the Corporation back plus interest using the revenue made A payment schedule is set up where big portions of the loan are paid for example every two years

22 Overview of Expenses

23 Overview of Expenses Operating Account: most important part; has many pools that need to be taken care of financially Full time staff pool & temporary staff pool: pays all housing employees and includes income, retirement, social security, benefits, etc. Supply & event pool: pays for equipment that needs funding for maintenance of the apartments like tools, parts & supplies; also pays for materials used in housing programs or events Chargeback pool: pays the university back for services they perform for housing like telephone lines Utilities pool: pays for all the bills that keep housing up and running, for example electricity, light, internet connections, etc. Travel pool: finances air fare or travel expenses for any housing employees that are required to take trips to conferences or anything else job related

24 Overview of Expenses Debt Service: largest portion of the pie; responsible for paying the mortgage of the residential halls and is used to pay back the Finance Corporation Capitol Improvement: is used to fix any minor problems that occur with any of the residential halls like paint jobs, new furniture, wall repair, lighting, etc. Overhead: pays for services that are not handled by housing directly like providing additional money to the income of campus police officers Maintenance Reserve: resembles a bank account where money is put away and saved for emergency situations like hurricane damage

25 Increasing Rental Rates
Year Single Room Double Room $1,937 $1,604 $2,000 $1,650 $2,100 $1,700 $2,200 $1,800 $2,345 $1,919 Every two years housing costs are increased Completely necessary due to inflation and competition between other neighboring universities Increase number of bed spaces  increase operating prices (directly proportional) Operating expenses direct whether or not housing fees will be increased Additional revenue is not pocketed by housing – goes directly to operating account

26 Increases in Operating Expenses
(Actual) Capacity 1378 1662 % increase from previous year N/A 20.10% Electric $379,427.56 $522,668.93 Per bed space $275.35 $314.48 Water/Sewage $143,066.39 $208,125.34 $103.82 $125.23 Garbage Removal $41,486.65 $55,323.08 $30.11 $33.28

27 Rental Rate Comparisons
Institution Occupancy Rates UNF Double $1,555 UWF Single $2,270 $1,955 UF $2,182 FGCU $2,210 $1,810 USF $2,458 $1,880 FSU $2,470 UCF $2,525 FIU $3,162 $2,028

28 Rental Rate Comparisons
FGCU 9-month contract Coastal Village College Club 9-month contract Rent $4,400 $5,400 $5,310 Non-refundable Fees $20 (RHA) $185 $250 Housing increases are necessary because if they were to dip into other sections of the pie to help pay for the increasing operating expenses, there wouldn’t be enough money for emergencies or for the mortgage since it was used for something else

29 The Future South Lake Village

30 South Campus Housing Developed in 2 - 3 years
After Completion – Between 3,000 and 5,000 Beds Suite Style 4 Residents 4 Bedrooms No Living Room or Kitchen Area Desire for a Strong Upper Classman Population

31 Southern District of Campus
Single Suites 4-6 students sharing bathroom and living space May be targeted towards sophomores and incoming transfer students but will be available to everyone. First Year experience halls Single occupancy bedrooms and semi-private bathrooms (1:4 ratio) but will be without living room area.

32 Proposed Phasing of Southeast District of campus
Year Beds Added Housing Type Total Campus Housing Capacity Fall 2008 600 Single suites 2,558 Fall 2010 First Year 3,158 Fall 2012 Single Suites 3,758 Fall 2014 4, 358 Fall Dining Center Phase 1 Fall Dining Center Phase 2


34 So what really is the issue?
Lack of Knowledge False Assumptions Hearsay

35 So what can we do? 1. Research the growth of Florida Gulf Coast
2. Ask the questions and find answers: Dr. Pam Schreiber – Director of Housing Anita Spohr, Office Manager 3. Attend or join RHA

36 What is RHA? “RHA is the Resident Housing Association comprised of the students who live in North Lake Village at Florida Gulf Coast University. RHA is funded separately through housing fees that allow the organization to develop social, educational, and leadership programs for residents opening doors to infinite opportunities.”

37 References Andrade, Andres. Personal Interview. 23 Oct. 2006.
Comprehensive Campus Master Plan, : Data Inventory and Facility Needs Analysis (Vol. 1). (December 2000). Florida Gulf Coast University. Florida Gulf Coast University Student Residences Groundbreaking Ceremony. (December 1997). Moments in History. McKinney, Charles. (September 1994). Student Housing: A Discussion Paper. Student Residence Project: Request for Proposal 97P (November 1996). Florida Gulf Coast University. Andrade, Andres. Personal Interview. 23 Oct Campbell, Sholondo. Personal Interview. 20 Sep FGCU Master Plan



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