Higher Education: Dorms
Schools are spending millions on plush residence halls, looking for an edge in recruiting.
Each unit at Innovation Village has a common kitchen. And the dorm has its own pool. [Photo: Florida Atlantic University]
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Building cost: $67 million (two buildings)
Amenities: Swimming pool, barbecue grills, sand volleyball court, digital cable TV, convenience store, computer lab, "smart" conference rooms and a multipurpose activity room
Floor plans: Four-bedroom/two-bathroom layouts and two-bedroom/two-bathroom layouts
Rates: $4,599/semester (four-bed/two-bath single room); $4,802/semester (two-bed/two-bath single room)
Notable: The buildings contain 1,216 beds, all singles. Each unit has a common kitchen. Units in the north building have individual laundry facilities.