The new strategic plan for TLU has established goals of increasing student enrollment to 1,500 and achieving a ratio of student residents that aligns TLU with peer institutions. To establish a target bed count, Hastings+Chivetta used benchmarking to determine that TLU’s current ratio of 66% student residents was well below peer ratios of 76%. This data, combined with input from University Administration and Housing Office, resulted in TLU instituting a target of 75%, requiring 1,125 beds.
TLU’s current housing stock is 929 beds, but some units will require significant renovation. To determine what the cost/benefit ratio of renovation versus replacement would be, the design team performed a Facilities Condition Index (FCI). Results of the FCI revealed that 14 out of 16 buildings required major or substantial renovations. In some cases, the ratio of renovation value to replacement exceeded 50%.
The new Housing Master Plan provides 1,125 beds in new and replacement construction. Some housing units that conflict with future master plan concepts will be relocated to residential quads with better internal and external community connections. Two types of units — apartment and suite-style — will be constructed in phases as funding becomes available.