Texas Woman’s University brings its sophomores back to campus with new, innovative living-learning options

Project Highlights

  • The project includes three Georgian-style buildings featuring pod-style units and small-scale shared bathrooms.
  • The residential dining facility will serve as the primary dining facility for all on-campus residential students.

Client:
Texas Woman’s University

Solutions:
Student Housing and Dining Development Advisory and Implementation Advisory

Faced with tremendous enrollment growth over the last several years, Texas Woman’s University was forced to occupy on-campus facilities over capacity and master-lease off-campus apartments and hotels. A new residential village would bring students­—especially sophomores—back to campus, keeping them connected with the TWU community.

Brailsford & Dunlavey initially helped the university develop a clear path toward reducing housing space constraints, enhancing programming initiatives for students, and generating positive economics. The Residential Village Project resulted from a series of analyses of market conditions and housing demand, as well as capital source options for funding, including a public-private partnership structure.

The project reached financial close in 2018, with B&D advising TWU through the development of the financial structure that best suited each party’s interests. The team defined a solution that incorporated a qualified management agreement for the dining facility, enabling it to be financed through tax-exempt bonds.

B&D oversaw the design and implementation process to assure program compliance, and the project opened on time and on budget in 2019. In addition to new housing and dining, students will enjoy various amenities including study and lounge spaces, a makerspace, and a fitness room.

$79M

in project costs

875

beds

26,000

SF dining facility

‘‘When B&D first visited TWU and met with University leadership, there was quite a bit of internal strife about the school’s priorities and financial limitations. B&D successfully introduced a communal and methodical process that helped us align those priorities—and create a clear vision for our future.”

Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, Vice President for Student Life, Texas Woman’s University

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