Public-Private Partnerships: Education
Some successful examples of case studies of US public-private partnerships in education are Northland Innovation Campus, Texas A&M University - Park West, and Wayne State University Campus Housing. We have provided the details below and in rows 3-5, columns A-H of the attached spreadsheet.
Case Study #1: Northland Innovation Campus
- Northland Innovation Campus is a $20 million public-private partnership between the City of Gladstone, MO, North Kansas City Schools, Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU), and CBC Real Estate Group, to address the steadily growing enrollment numbers of North Kansas City Schools.
- The Northland Innovation Campus is designed to "advance learning for students from kindergarten through post-secondary education."
- The building also uses sustainable and WELL building design approaches which offer maximum transparency without the need to compromise its energy efficiency.
- One of the weaknesses of the Northland Innovation Campus is that it's challenging staying ahead of the curve, in order to increase student demands and enrollments.
- Since the campus is highly innovative, design changes are necessary to make way for new teaching methods.
Case Study #2: Texas A&M University - Park West
- Texas A&M University - Park West project is a public-private partnership between Texas A&M University Systems and Servitas, with the purpose of expanding access to the university's student housing and to increase the physical capacity.
- The Texas A&M University - Park West is an "on-campus, mixed-use, Class A student housing community on Texas A&M University System land in College Station."
- Its construction started in July 2017 and was completed in August 2017.
- The project's total development cost for development was about $371 million, and is "expected to generate a revenue of about $600 million for Texas A&M University over the term of the ground lease."
- The Park West student housing's rental rates are lower compared to other off-campus developments, "despite having a compelling value proposition."
- Park West's 13-floor plans were organized into three distinct styles to cater to each occupant's preference.
- Some weaknesses of the Texas A & M University - Park West project are:
Case Study #3: Wayne State University Campus Housing
- The Wayne State University Campus Housing project is a public-private partnership between Wayne State University and Corvias Campus Living, the student housing division of Corvias, with the purpose of fulfilling the increasing demand of existing and incoming students to live on the Midtown campus.
- It is a 40-year, $307.5-million partnership to develop 841 new beds, renovate 370 existing beds, and manage all of Wayne State University's 2,654 existing beds on campus.
- The partnership also includes 9,000 square feet of Campus Health Center and more than 17,000 square feet of new retail space.
- Corvias will be responsible for the "maintenance, janitorial, repair, and replacement services for all housing on Wayne State University's campus."
- The Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments' development started in 2017 and concluded on August 2018.
- One of the strengths of the project is its $2.1 billion worth of total local economic impact which can be attributed to Corvias' commitment to hiring local talent and involving local and small businesses in the region.
- Another strength is how the partnership was referenced as different, innovative, and sustainable over the long term.
- One weakness of the project is that the construction team, Gilbane Building Co., had to deal with some old foundations due to old homes and businesses where they erected the housing project.
- The building design and color concept had some negative opinions from the existing and incoming students, including descriptions such as "non-uniform colors", "some colors don’t seem to go very well together", and "ugly", among others, and may affect the number of interested students to choose the campus housing.