Category Archives: Higher Education

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: January 2018

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Every month, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights the hotel industry, the rise of warehouse and distribution centers and cost-saving improvements to college campuses.

Hotels Seek New Opportunities to Stay Ahead of the Curve  

JLL CRE News Brief

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The rise of the sharing economy has prompted hotels to explore new ways to add value to their current models.

In order to compete against companies such as Airbnb, hotels are shifting focus to creating a unique customer experience. Hotels in tourist hotspots such as Chicago and Detroit are becoming more modernized and are embracing advanced technology to increase productivity and to cater to the demands of millennial travelers.… Read More

Higher Education Mandate 2017: Universities to Put Emphasis on Students, Faculty and Research

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By: Dean Monnin, Senior Vice President, JLL

Higher education


Now more than ever, both students and faculty are being more selective about the schools they choose to attend. With the amount students now pay for tuition, room and board, students expect modern amenities and world-class learning environments. Similarly, attracting top-tier faculty is just as competitive, as more schools look to implement the latest technology and research tools.

To accommodate, colleges and universities are turning to the private sector to help preserve resources and finding new ways to fund higher education construction. JLL’s Higher Education Mandate has identified four real estate trends that will impact universities this year.

1. Donors, Debt and Privatization Will Make New Buildings and Other Capital Projects Possible

Last year, education construction was at its lowest point in more than 15 years, while other industries experienced a 97% recovery peak in construction. As a result, many universities are turning to Public Private Partnerships (P3s) to fund facility development, as well as maintenance needed in older buildings.

P3s can ultimately help universities ease the burden of financial constraints while maintaining efficiency in the delivery of new construction and maintenance of it. In order for a P3 to be effective, however, universities will need to identify their key risks and how they should be shared among their public and private sectors.… Read More