MK INNOVATIONS

DWELLING WELL ON CAMPUS

A study of the effects of the built environment on student health

Trends in campus housing preferences have led to exponential increases in construction costs; however, the impact of these investments on student experience was unclear. In response, a statistical study used National College Health Assessment data, from approximately 60,000 students across 50 U.S. campuses to correlate student housing typologies with measures of physical, mental and emotional health. We discovered that traditional dormitory arrangements yield better social and emotional health than more costly suites and apartments.

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DATES:
2006
COMPLETION:
CITY:
San Francisco
STATE:
California
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Independent Research
CHALLENGE:
Create a better, faster, green and less expensive alternative to quick low performance modular trailers.

SERVICES:

CHALLENGE:
An exponential increase in construction costs due to housing preferences with the impact of these investments on student experience being unclear.
ACTIONS:
SERVICES:
Data Organization and Data Analysis.
RESULT:
Discovered that traditional dormitory arrangements yield better social and emotional health than more costly suites and apartments.
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