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JUN 2012

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LIVING ON CAMPUS 12 possible amenities (spaces or services provided in addition to residence rooms). Previously we had also asked about laundry facilities, kitchens for student use, vending machines, and air condition- ing, but found that they were included in virtually every project. To save space and time, we eliminated these to concentrate on those amenities that have shown change in availability through the years. As an example, when we asked about fi tness rooms and ATM machines 10 years ago, both were rare. Today, more than one quarter of new residence halls include some sort of fi tness room and almost as many provide ATMs. Ten years ago, we sought a way to ask about whether residence halls were providing infrastructure for computer use. A few were. Today we simply ask if wire- less networking is available and the answer is yes, in every single project. We'll drop that question next year and assume that every residence hall will provide that amenity. Towards the end of the last century, the concept of "living/learning" spaces was TABLE 3 Where Does the Money Go? Median Low Construction Furniture & Furnishings Fees Other 83.22% 3.91% 7.44% 5.43% 72.10% 2.20% 1.90% 0.00% Range High 90.50% 5.80% 18.10% 12.30% How to read this table: Twenty-eight colleges provided full information on how their dollars were divided. The median project allocated 82.2 percent of total spending to construction, almost 4 percent for furniture and furnishings, and about 7.5 percent to fees. Undefi ned "other expenses" did not include land purchase but probably included land preparation, testing, etc. In looking at data submitted, it was evident that defi nition of fees and other costs differed from project to project. Hard costs (construction) and furniture and furnishings were the most reliable. The ranges shown are for the two or three projects at each end of the spectrum. Thus, the three projects with most dollars committed to construction, allocated more than 90 percent of their available dollars to construction alone. At the other end, three projects averaged just 72 percent for construction and apparently had more money available for furniture and furnishings as well as fees and other expenses. being written about as a developing trend. Colleges were designing classrooms into their residence halls, in some cases offer- ing students a chance to spend almost their entire academic lives in their residence hall. Now more than half of residence halls include some classroom space. Use of cards, rather than keys, to permit access to buildings is, and has been, almost standard, except in residences for TABLE 2 What's in a Residence Hall? Fitness Room All Reporting Colleges (sample size 50) Fewer than 200 beds (sample size 7) 201 to 500 beds (sample size 19) More than 500 beds (sample size 24) Northeast (sample size 10) Southeast (sample size 12) Midwest (sample size 11) Southwest (sample size 13) West (sample size 4) Public (sample size 42) Private (sample size 8) 28.0% 57.1% 26.3% 20.8% 10.0% 33.3% 45.5% 23.1% 25.0% 23.8% 50.0% Dining Hall 18.0% 0.0% 15.8% 25.0% 20.0% 8.3% 36.4% 15.4% 0.0% 16.7% 25.0% ATM 24.0% 0.0% 26.3% 29.2% 30.0% 16.7% 27.3% 30.8% 0.0% 23.8% 25.0% Computer Center 34.0% 28.6% 36.8% 33.3% 30.0% 50.0% 36.4% 30.8% 0.0% 33.3% 37.5% Classroom 52.0% 28.6% 52.6% 58.3% 30.0% 50.0% 36.4% 69.2% 100.0% 57.1% 25.0% Card Access to Building Rooms 86.0% 28.6% 94.7% 95.8% 90.0% 75.0% 81.8% 92.3% 100.0% 92.9% 50.0% 40.0% 28.6% 52.6% 33.3% 40.0% 16.7% 36.4% 61.5% 50.0% 38.1% 50.0% Video Surveillance Internal External 72.0% 14.3% 78.9% 83.3% 70.0% 58.3% 72.7% 100.0% 25.0% 78.6% 37.5% 80.0% 42.9% 78.9% 91.7% 90.0% 66.7% 81.8% 100.0% 25.0% 88.1% 37.5% Rooms Carpeted 50.0% 42.9% 47.4% 54.2% 30.0% 66.7% 90.9% 15.4% 50.0% 50.0% 50.0% To read this table: Twenty-eight percent of residence halls recently completed or currently underway will contain fi tness rooms. In a bit of a surprise, smaller residences (under 200 students) are more likely than larger ones to include that facility. Just 10 percent of residences in the Northeast report fi tness rooms. Half of private colleges will include fi tness rooms. 28 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM

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