Scion Grows Executive Team with Key Leadership and Expertise

Following a successful 20-year career as a Wall Street M&A investment banker, Avi Lewittes joins Scion as Chief Investment Officer, adding a sophisticated and global perspective. Under his direction, Scion begins to lay the foundation for what will become among the sector’s most transformative capital…

Advisory Services Becomes Recognized Leader

Building on the success of the University Center project, Scion grows its consulting practice across the United States. Scion becomes one of only a handful of firms in the country with a recognized expertise in student housing advisory and planning services. Scion also expands…

Scion Pioneers Early Urban Student Concepts

Scion partners with various commercial real estate firms to develop some of the first-ever purpose-built urban student housing in the US, including The Automatic Lofts, Dwight Lofts and 1237 West in Chicago, and 2040 Lofts in Milwaukee.

A New Home for a Growing Company

Scion expands into new office space on West Hubbard Street in Chicago. Through several expansions and renovations, this space serves as Scion’s home for the next nine years.

Advisory Services Expands to Canada

Scion is selected by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to develop a comprehensive housing strategic plan. After working on 70 campuses in the United States, this marks Scion’s first engagement in Canada

Scion’s Leadership has First Foray into Student Housing

While working as a commercial real estate broker, Scion co-founder Rob Bronstein works with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to develop its first-ever purpose-built student housing at 7 West Madison Street in Chicago.

Scion is Founded

The School of the Art Institute’s housing proves so popular that it begins expanding to additional new facilities at 162 North State Street. Seeing the opportunity as demonstrated by these projects and analyzing national demographics to forecast a need for modern student housing, Rob Bronstein…

An Idea Grows Legs

Rob and Eric meet student housing veteran Eric Luskin, then serving as Director of Housing at DePaul University, who later joins Scion. Scion moves into its first office space at 368 West Huron Street in Chicago. By year-end, Scion has its first clients: Silver Lake…

Scion Pioneers Early PPP

Scion becomes involved in the conception, financing and development of the ground-breaking, three-university, 1,620-bed collaboration called University Center of Chicago.

On Heels of Early Success, Demand for Services Grow

Scion begins acquiring real estate as a land banking partner to DePaul University, with its first acquisition a single-family home adjacent to the DePaul campus. Scion also begins managing student housing when, in partnership with DePaul, it converts a 119-room extended-stay hotel on downtown Chicago’s…