Plans to develop student housing on the campus of Snow College Richfield are moving forward, with a target date for completion of fall 2019 tentatively set.
“Snow is looking for a developer to form a private/public partnership for building a 100-bed student housing facility,” said Craig Mathie, vice president of student success for Snow College.
The college is currently developing a request for proposals, which should be completed and ready for potential partners to review within a month. The RFP is a two-step process that requires the school to first find qualified developers, and then select the best one and its proposal, according to Mathie.
“Housing is considered an auxiliary,” said Snow College President Gary Carlston. “As such, it’s not funded by the legislature and has to pay its own way.”
By putting an RFP out, the hope is there will be developers interested in the project.
“We have to have a successful bidder,” Carlston said.
The new housing facility is proposed to be located on the south side of 200 South, just to the west of an LDS church in the area. The location represents a change in the college’s strategic plan, which was adopted in 2016.
The original plan for student housing had it further to the south, near 530 South.
“Master plans are great visionary tools,” Carlston said.
However, oftentimes changes have to be made to plans to accommodate immediate needs. The plan mapped out a 30-year strategy for how both the Richfield and Ephraim campuses could grow.
By moving the housing closer to the core of the campus, as well as moving it into the short-term time frame, the hope is to eventually grow campus enrollment.
“We are doing things on both campuses so that they can grow and we can better serve the area,” Carlston said.
When the 2016 master plan was adopted, Carlston said he would like to see the Richfield campus adopt a more residential, traditional college feel. The addition of student housing would help fulfill that goal.
The Richfield campus has also added on campus food service, a tutoring facility and a fitness center to give students a more comprehensive college experience.
“It will move the housing closer
The concept of a public/private partnership for college housing isn’t a new one, and in fact is being used throughout the country, said Heidi Stringham, director of campus relations.
The new housing will not affect the baseball fields located on the Richfield campus, Stringham said.
“The president has committed to giving at least two years notice before any development that affects the ball fields is started,” Stringham said.
The college owns several acres of undeveloped land to the west of Red Hills Middle School that can be used for future academic buildings or other developments.