Friday, May 11, 2012

In the News: Luxury Student Housing

“Gone are the days when a community room with a television and Ping-Pong table was considered a bonus. The student housing sector is transforming to accommodate residents’ increasingly upscale requirements,” writes Barbra Murray in her article "Innovative Student Housing Plans 830-Bed Project at University of Louisville". And the University of Louisville is far from the only target; Murray mentions several sites where luxury student housing projects are already in the works, including University of Mississippi and Arizona State. This new trend means properties will feature amenities like pools and gourmet kitchens, and the article even mentions one student housing project that will include a tanning facility! As Murray writes, “This is not your father’s student apartment.”

So what does this mean for BuildingLink? Well, besides wishing we had all attended colleges in this new era of pillow-top beds and memory foam mattresses, we recognize that our platform could be utilized to help these new luxury buildings run as smoothly as possible. With increased amenities and a luxury atmosphere, these properties will likely function in much the same way as luxury rental buildings; they will need to track maintenance, amenity reservations, even deliveries (if there are front desk operations).

And that’s where we come in. Our reservations module would allow students to enter reservation requests from their own computers/phones, and be easily approved or declined. When Busy Student X was slowed down by a faulty light bulb, he/she would quickly enter an online maintenance request—which would go directly to the right person. And when Frazzled Staff Member Y completed that request, he/she wouldn’t have to worry about notifying that busy student—because BuildingLink would have already sent out an automatic email notification! Deliveries would be a breeze with our Event Log, which tracks packages and other items coming into the building, again with the automatic notifications! And if there happened to be an emergency on campus, or in the building, our Emergency Broadcast System could be used to get the word out quickly and effectively.

Students can be demanding. And BuildingLink is ready to help property managers meet those demands. Now about those pillow-top beds—maybe it’s time for some more schoolin’!

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