Bethune-Cookman University Residence Halls

About the Project

Hensel Phelps was engaged to develop and build a $70 million student housing project on Bethune-Cookman University’s campus in Daytona Beach, FL. The Bethune-Cookman Student Housing project includes residences for more than 1,200 students. Construction on the four buildings, totaling just under 300,000 SF, began in Fall 2014 with an aggressive schedule and was completed in 2016. This project involved all three Hensel Phelps business lines: Real Estate Development, Construction, and Facility Services. The total Real Estate Development value of this project is $70,037,000.

Quick Facts

“The concepts central to all successful design-build projects include establishing clear communication among all stakeholders, and developing common goals among the team. As the design and construction of this project progressed, the team overcame unique challenges, balanced input from all parties, and clearly defined a course that everyone could agree upon. This project is a clear example of how team collaboration and clear communication can combine to produce a facility that we can all be proud of.

On behalf of Bethune-Cookman University, I express our sincerest appreciation for the work performed by Hensel Phelps on the Bethune-Cookman University Residence Halls Phases 1 & 2 project.

This was our first project working with Hensel Phelps, but hopefully not our last. I look forward to fostering our partnership and would be pleased to work with Hensel Phelps on future opportunities.”

Graham Gilchrist, RA, NCARB, LEEP AP
Vice President, Capital Assets and Planning
Bethune-Cookman University


Providing a Turnkey Solution

The Bethune-Cookman University Residence Halls project was the largest construction project the University had completed in 30 years. Bethune-Cookman searched for a turnkey delivery method, from real estate development to construction to facility maintenance. Hensel Phelps was chosen to deliver a seamless turnkey solution to provide student housing to 1,200 incoming freshmen.




Implementing Plan. Build. Manage

The design, development and construction of this project were collaborative efforts between Hensel Phelps Real Estate Development and Hensel Phelps Construction. Our Facility Services team was engaged early in the design phase and throughout construction to help ensure that ease of maintenance was maximized throughout the facility’s design. Throughout construction, Hensel Phelps worked closely with Bethune-Cookman University’s Facilities Maintenance Division to ensure a seamless transition into facility maintenance. 

The First Success of Many

The Bethune-Cookman University Student Housing project was delivered on time and budget, with a comprehensive operations plan to help the facility’s maintenance staff hit the ground running. As a result of this exceptional project delivery experience, Hensel Phelps and Bethune-Cookman University have formed a lasting partnership to develop and construct future successful projects.



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