PITTSBURGH, PA. Duquesne University has selected The Scion Group to analyze the feasibility of student housing as part of a mixed-use development planned for on land adjacent to the University. Occupying a full city block just across Forbes Avenue from campus, the project potentially could also include classroom space, graduate student housing, market housing, parking and street-level retail. Scion’s feasibility analysis will also study the needs of undergraduate students and potential renovation of two of the University’s existing residence halls, including how the new project may provide “swing space” for undergraduate students during renovation.
Scion’s work will include demand and market analyses of housing for undergraduate and graduate students, a review of financial and operational issues, an assessment of retail and classroom space and detailed financial and implementation planning. “Scion has built a reputation planning exciting and complex facilities like the Forbes Avenue project,” said Stephen Schillo, the University’s Vice President for Management and Business, “so we’re pleased to work with Scion on the important step that feasibility analysis represents.”
Duquesne is one of the nation’s oldest Catholic universities, founded in 1878 and now enrolling over 10,000 students at its 50-acres campus on the “bluff” overlooking downtown Pittsburgh.