MARQUETTE, MI. Following three earlier projects for Northern Michigan University, The Scion Group has been tasked with providing operational guidance for integrating a new P3 housing facility seamlessly into the campus housing system.
Northern Michigan University first engaged Scion in 2004 to create a campus housing plan, which was subsequently implemented by the University. In 2011, Scion partnered with Integrated Design, Inc. to provide support on long-range facilities planning for the University. Then in 2016, the University selected Scion to support the evaluation process and selection of a P3 student housing partner, including participation in proponent interviews, performance of financial analyses for and development of a business case for presentation to University officers and trustees.
Upon completion of the P3 partnership selection process, the University expanded Scion’s engagement to advise on the operational integration phase. As part of this process, Scion Senior Vice President Emeritus Eric Luskin also provided a Fair Housing seminar for some two dozen University administrators.
Northern Michigan University was first established in 1899 and was known as Northern State Normal School, offering teacher preparation programs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. By 1963, the University was accredited as a comprehensive four-year public university with an enrollment of about 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students; it is now one of the largest universities in the Upper Peninsula.