August 2003 Table of Contents

Features
Cost Cutters Cost Cutters

For years, apartments have been designed without regard to building efficiency. Commercial projects have always considered the net-to-gross ratio (the ratio of net rentable space versus total gross building space) and are usually 82 percent to 85 percent efficient, while apartments have been far less efficient, with an average ratio of 70 percent to 75 percent. Read more

Mix It Up Mix It Up

This past winter, the Mid-Atlantic states were blasted with snow and rain. And, as any developer knows, weather can be your worst enemy when it comes to building on time. As a result, new construction starts and openings were pushed back. But in the student housing industry – particularly on-campus housing – delays are not an option, says Michael H. Godwin, president of Ambling Cos. Inc., a vertically integrated multifamily company based in Valdosta, Ga., for which student housing makes up more than half of its business. Read more

Making the Grade Making the Grade

This past winter, the Mid-Atlantic states were blasted with snow and rain. And, as any developer knows, weather can be your worst enemy when it comes to building on time. As a result, new construction starts and openings were pushed back. But in the student housing industry – particularly on-campus housing – delays are not an option, says Michael H. Godwin, president of Ambling Cos. Inc., a vertically integrated multifamily company based in Valdosta, Ga., for which student housing makes up more than half of its business. Read more

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