Development Services

Whether you're developing a student community from the ground up or looking for a specialized student housing expert to assist with a campus housing master plan, American Campus is the solution. We have designed and programmed:

  • Modern residence halls (traditional and full-service)
  • Greek housing
  • Mixed-use developments
  • Various styles of apartment communities
  • Mid- and high-rise urban communities
  • Sustainable and LEED™ certified communities.

American Campus coordinates all aspects of predevelopment and development to ensure the long-term viability of your project. From market verification and programmatic design to full-scale development and construction management, we provide turnkey services that include every step of the process; from conceptual planning to furniture selection and installation, we take care of every aspect of your project. With more than $4.2 billion in communities completed or under development, we are experienced in every facet of student housing development.

Predevelopment Services

Our predevelopment planning process is designed to efficiently engage project team personnel and university stakeholders and appropriately plan a community by balancing feasibility, development and management considerations. Predevelopment services include:

Program Verification

  • Housing cost analysis
  • Market studies
  • Rental rate verification

Design Leadership & Oversight

  • Amenity concepts
  • Conceptual site planning
  • Strategic housing master planning
  • Unit concepts

Financial Analysis

  • Development cost projections
  • Financing alternatives
  • Operating cost projections
  • Revenue and occupancy projections

Development Services

During the development process, American Campus continually analyzes a project’s overall financial feasibility, and verifies whether the project meets its objectives. Development services include:


  • Coordination and oversight of:
    1. Approvals (municipal to federal)
    2. Bid qualification
    3. Budgets
    4. Code compliance
    5. Construction staging
    6. Design and construction documents
    7. Entitlements
    8. Interior design and finish plans
    9. Material specifications
  • Establishing a project’s guaranteed maximum price
    • Preferred pricing from ACC’s project professionals
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Qualifying and selecting subcontractors
  • Schedule development
  • Value engineering process implementation


  • Change order coordination
  • Contract administration
  • FF&E specifications, procurement and install
  • Maintain and monitor development budget
  • Meeting coordination
  • Monthly draw packages
  • Monthly reporting
  • Oversight of general contractor and project
  • Post-commencement value engineering
  • Punch list process
  • Schedule tracking and revision
  • Warranty and close-out documentation
  • Work inspections


  • Coordinating equity and debt financing
  • Creation and oversight of:
    1. Detailed operating budget
    2. Capital improvements budget
    3. Risk management
  • Identifying and managing project risk