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The biggest pain points when developing student housing are the unknowns of escalating construction costs and the danger of postponed move-ins caused by construction delays.

We have been working with the team at Prescient, an innovative structural steel framing and delivery system, to create a new development model that effectively reduces both.

  • The buildings and units are designed using 3D modeling and BIM.
  • All facets of the building (structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) are included in the model, so clash detection and constructability issues are spotted and resolved prior to construction.
  • Full construction material take-offs can be completed directly from the model, so exact building material quantities are known.
  • Once the units are designed and modeled, they can easily be programmed into a new building design – the units essentially become plug-and-play.
  • Major building components are constructed off-site using a proprietary structural steel framing system and assembled quickly when they arrive at the job site.

Prescient Building Systems

  • Building components are produced and assembled as needed in a controlled factory setting, reducing the amount of skilled labor required on-site while providing shorter construction schedules.
  • Assembled building components are delivered to the job site as needed, reducing construction material staging space and coordination.
  • A fully integrated BIM model allows for early material buyout so savings are gained across the entire supply chain.

Click here to learn more about a prototype building we designed for the Eastern Carolina University campus utilizing this concept. Give us a call at 303.832.4474 to explore how this innovative development model can work for you.



This is the philosophy that drives KEPHART to create thoughtful homes and communities that positively change people’s lives.

KEPHART is a nationally recognized, award-winning architectural design and planning firm with 50 years of housing expertise. Our passion for designing well-designed places to live, work, and play has driven us to create more than 500,000 homes across the country, ranging from single and multifamily homes to workforce housing, senior living, LIHTC communities, and everything in between. We have a deep bench of talented staff to design and deliver innovative and practical solutions to meet the unique requirements of every project.