Massachusetts State College Building Authority Executive Director Edward Adelman to Speak at Boston Academic Facilities Summit

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BOSTON-– Massachusetts State College Building Authority Executive Director Edward Adelman, FAIA, will speak at the Boston Real Estate Times’ annual Academic Facilities and Student Housing Summit—virtual this year—on March 24, 2021.

“We are very excited that Mr. Adelman has agreed to speak at the panel,” said Upendra Mishra, publisher of the Boston Real Estate Times and its sister publication Life Sciences Times. “Mr. Adelman has directed the financing, planning, design, construction, and management of institutional facilities for over 40 years. We’re looking forward to hearing his wisdom during the current pandemic times.”

To register for virtual zoom summit, please click here.

Mr. Adelman has directed the financing, planning, design, construction, and management of institutional facilities for over four decades. He is particularly interested in the life-cycle cost of facilities and how effective partnering with the project team can produce timely, high-quality, cost-effective facilities.

In 2005, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority, where he served as its Director of Capital Projects since 2002. Established in 1963, the Authority provides housing for 17,000 residents on the 9 Massachusetts state university campuses, comprising some 4 million square feet in 100 buildings.

Previously, he managed the construction, renovation, and operation of higher education facilities for Babson College, Brandeis University, and Salem State University. His prior work includes the restoration and adaptive use of historic properties for the National Park Service in Lowell, MA, Washington, DC, and Cleveland, OH. Mr. Adelman is a registered architect and member of the AIA College of Fellows; he earned the Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and the Master of Architecture degree from Kent State University.

This is what you will learn at the summit:

  • Inadequate Campus Capacity: To provide beds that meet social-distancing or quarantine safety standards, schools situated in urban areas have created temporary single bedrooms by renting rooms in nearby empty hotels. But as vaccinations continue, the hospitality industry will experience increased demand, making these rented beds no longer available. On-campus capacity will be inadequate to house all students in what would be ‘the new normal’.
  • Returning Student Body: Students that did take virtual classes during quarantine closures will want to return to campus- what type of facilities and real estate will be needed to meet the changing demand?
  • The Time to Start Is Now: New student resident halls take between two and three years from planning to occupancy, so the best time for institutions to begin evaluating their decisions and their available alternatives is today.
  • Budgetary Constraints: Well-endowed institutions have the financial footing to either pay for or loan against a new residence hall, or to raise the needed amount of funds to support the new infrastructure. But how will schools with less secure financial footing afford it? How will institutions pay for these urgently needed student housing COVID-19 safety changes?
  • Accounting for Future Students’ Needs: As the priorities of subsequent generations change, the future of student housing should adjust accordingly: the preferred living arrangements of students include security, equity in ethnic diversity and gender, a balance between private spaces that foster independence and larger spaces that encourage social mixing and bonding, and sustainability in the face of a changing climate.
  • Balancing Students’ Needs Against Budgetary Necessity: Administrations have to balance the desired student experience with the very real limitations of budgets and schedules, both of which must be optimized to fit within project constraints.
  • Goodbye, Roommates: Necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis, single rooms are becoming the rule. Suites with contained bathrooms and kitchens provide the highest degree of safety from the hazards of group toilets and dining, where social distancing is not always possible.

Here the schedule of the academic real estate summit:

Date: March 24, 2021

Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Venue: Zoom (links will emailed to you after you register.)

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