IOWA CITY, IA. The University of Iowa has engaged The Scion Group to examine options for the replacement, renovation or elimination of its existing family and graduate housing. Having previously conducted several facility and alternatives reviews of the properties (collectively known as Hawkeye Campus Housing), the University engaged Scion to provide an independent-party analysis of its options.
While remaining popular with graduate, international and family student populations, Hawkeye Campus Housing has neared the end of its physical life. The University’s ability to replace or renovate the facilities is complicated by rental rates well below market averages and it sought an independent consultant to evaluate potential alternatives for replacing or renovating the facilities. Scion will interview University and community stakeholders, conduct a resident focus-group session, examine the conclusions of the prior studies, review financial and operating data and examine the rental market, all with a view toward continuing to address the needs of the subject populations while remaining financially sound.
This project marks Scion’s second consulting engagement in the State of Iowa and its fourth on the campus of a Big Ten Conference institution.
Established in 1847 and located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, the University of Iowa includes 11 colleges enrolling over 30,000 students, including 34% from other states and 8% from overseas. The University has world-renowned research programs in genetics, hydraulics, and speech and hearing, and has recorded major innovations in agricultural medicine, biocatalysis, biomedical engineering, biomedical sciences and pharmacology education.