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Best New Development by a College, University or Institution
This category will be awarded to the best new on-campus student housing development completed during the period of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 based on the following criteria:

  • How the project solved a unique need for the university/college
  • Architecture/design
  • How the project fits into the campus fabric
  • How the project performed relative to budget/timing

Entries should include two exterior photos; one interior photo of common area; and one shot of a completed bedroom, and a narrative, not to exceed 700 words, on the project from conception to full development. Include the background and objectives, implementation and execution, and a summary of the result. Separately, bullet points can be included on specific features of the development. Please include the date (month and year) that the project was completed in your narrative. Please list key team members (architect, contractor, etc., in your narrative).

Entries may be submitted by: Universities/Colleges, Foundations.

Best Architecture/Design
This category will be awarded to the best architecture and design used in the construction of a new on-campus student housing development completed during the period of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 based on the following criteria:

  • How the project blends form and function
  • How the project fits into the campus fabric
  • How the project uses green features to both serve the mission of the college/university as a forward-thinking institution as well as achieve operations and management cost savings
  • How the project best met the needs outlined by the university.

Entries should include two exterior photos; one interior photo of common area; and one shot of a completed bedroom, and a narrative, not to exceed 700 words, on the project from conception to full development. Include the background and objectives, implementation and execution, and a summary of the result. Separately, bullet points can be included on specific features of the development. Please include the date (month and year) that the project was completed in your narrative.

Entries may be submitted by: Architects, Contractors

Best Use of Green & Sustainable Construction/Development
This category will be awarded to the best use of green and sustainable construction in the development of a new on-campus project containing student housing completed during the period of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 based on the following criteria:

  • How the use of green and sustainable construction and development served the mission of the college/university as a forward-thinking institution
  • How the use of green and sustainable construction and development will help achieve operations and management cost savings both short- and long-term
  • Specific LEED rating achieved (if applicable)
  • Number and scope of green and sustainable construction and development features in the project

Entries should include two exterior photos; one interior photo of common area; and one shot of a completed bedroom, and a narrative, not to exceed 700 words, on the project's environmental sustainability and how it was inspired and implemented. Include the background and objectives, implementation and execution, and a summary of the result. Separately, bullet points can be included on specific features of the green and sustainable development. Please include the date (month and year) that the project was completed in your narrative.

Entries may be submitted by: Architects, Contractors, Universities/Colleges, Foundations, Developers

Best Renovation of Existing University Housing
This category will be awarded to the best renovation of an existing project containing university student housing completed during the period of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 based on the following criteria:

  • How it solved a unique need for the university/college
  • How the renovation improved the look and living conditions of the property
  • How the renovation helped the project better fit into its surroundings
  • How the renovation helped the project become more in-demand by students
  • How the renovation performed relative to budget/timing

Entries should include two exterior photos; one interior photo of common area; and one shot of a completed bedroom, and a narrative, not to exceed 1,700 words, on the renovation from conception to full renovation. Include the background and objectives, implementation and execution, and a summary of the result. Separately, bullet points can be included on specific features of the renovation. Please include the date (month and year) that the project was completed in your narrative. Please list key team members (architect, contractor, etc.) in your narrative.

Entries may be submitted by: Architects, Contractors, Universities/Colleges, Foundations, Developers

Best Public/Private Partnership Development
This category will be awarded to the best public/private partnership development containing student housing completed during the period of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 based on the following criteria:

  • How it solved a unique need for the university/college
  • How the project served as a 'win-win-win' for the school, residents in the project and the developer
  • Architecture/design
  • How it fits into the campus fabric
  • How it performed relative to budget/timing

Entries should include two exterior photos; one interior photo of common area; and one shot of a completed bedroom, and a narrative, not to exceed 1,000 words, on the project from conception to full development, with particular emphasis on the structure of the public/private partnership and the process of how it came together. Include the background and objectives, implementation and execution, and a summary of the result. Separately, bullet points can be included on specific features of the development. Please include the date (month and year) that the project was completed in your narrative. Please list key team members (university/college contact, architect, contractor, etc.) in your narrative.

Entries may be submitted by: Universities/Colleges, Foundations, Developers, Governing Boards

Best Public/Private Financing Solution
This category will be awarded to the most creative public/private financing of an on-campus student housing project completed during the period of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 based on the following criteria:

  • How this financing solution allowed the project to move forward
  • What financing techniques and strategies were used to overcome obstacles in arriving at a financing solution that worked for all stakeholders

Entries should include a narrative, not to exceed 1,000 words, on the financing package used to make the deal happen with details on the obstacles to the deal and how they were overcome. Include the background and objectives, implementation and execution, and a summary of the result. Separately, bullet points can be used to highlight specific features of the financing. Please include the date (month and year) that the project was completed in your narrative. Please list key team members (college/university contact, lender/financial intermediary, attorneys, etc.)

Entries may be submitted by: Universities/Colleges, Foundations, Developers, Lenders, Financial Intermediaries.

Best Implementation of Mixed-Use or Live/Learn
This category will be awarded to the best implementation of mixed-use into a new development or renovation of an on-campus project that contains student housing during the period of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 based on the following criteria:

  • How the introduction of the mixed-use benefits the living experience of the residents
  • How the introduction of the mixed-use enhances the demand for the dorm by potential residents as well as the status of the dorm for the university/college

Entries should include one exterior photo; two interior photos of the mixed-use area; and one interior shot of how the mixed-use area integrates with its surroundings, and a narrative, not to exceed 700 words, on the implementation of the mixed-use element into the development or renovation. Include the background and objectives, implementation and execution, and a summary of the result. Separately, bullet points can be included on specific features of the mixed-use element. Please include the date (month and year) that the project was completed in your narrative. Please list key team members (architect, contractor, developer, etc.) in your narrative.

Entries may be submitted by: College/University, Architects, Contractors, Developers, Managers/Operators

Best Vendor/University Solution
This category will be awarded to the best vendor/operator solution that a provider or college/university introduced into an on-campus student housing project during the period of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 based on the following criteria:

  • How the vendor (and product/service) solved a unique need for the operator and its project.
  • How the solution saved the operator money and time
  • Return on investment of the solution

Entries should include a narrative, not to exceed 1,000 words, on the solution and what was involved in the situation. Include the background and objectives, implementation and execution, and a summary of the result. Specific quantitative results of net operating income, improvements in speed or service, should be discussed in the narrative. Separately, bullet points can be included highlighting specific elements of the solution. Please include the date (month and year) that the solution was implemented in your narrative. This category cannot be awarded for public/private partnership.

Entries may be submitted by: College/university, Vendor, Third-party operator, foundation owner.