As Colorado’s public liberal arts college, Fort Lewis College (FLC) offers programs in the arts, sciences, education and business for 4,500 students. Its campus, overlooking the historic mountain town of Durango with views of the La Plata and San Juan Mountains, has been called one of the most beautiful in the United States. Housing in and around Durango, however, has become increasingly scarce and expensive, making FLC’s ability to provide viable housing options critical to its recruitment and retention of both its student body and its faculty and staff.
In early 2006, FLC engaged Scion to create a long-term plan for student and faculty/staff housing. In support of a 2005 campus master plan, Scion’s work included market and demand analysis, review of existing operations, business planning and implementation strategies. In addition, Scion explored various means for FLC to accommodate faculty and staff, including dedicated housing and programs intended to help rent or purchase off-campus housing such as shared-equity and down payment assistance programs.
To conclude its work, Scion delivered a strategic plan for implementing FLC’s housing strategy, including the elimination of some out-moded student housing and recommendations – with cost-benefit analyses – of numerous faculty/staff housing options.