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CORT Case Study: Lakes Region Community College

With growing automotive technology programs attracting more and more students, LRCC recognized a need among its students for campus-based housing.

Responding to that need and envisioning how housing could positively impact enrollment growth, the college began considering opportunities to provide students a residential experience. LRCC ended up building apartment units that were not only convenient for LRCC students, but also reflected the standards contemporary college students have come to expect. Now the college needed a partner to provide high-quality furnishings for the new units. Lakes Region Community College turned to CORT, a company with a reputation for providing high-end, reliable products at a good value and a dedication to finding the right solution for each unique project.

How We Helped:

  • Developed proposal outlining all project details.
  • Helped LRCC save on up-front costs for furniture purchase.
  • Provided a simple solution for exchanging furniture pieces as necessary, eliminating the need for storage space.

How We Helped

During phase one of the implementation part of the project, CORT completed 16 apartment units with state-of-the-art bedroom, dining and living room furniture, as well as furnishings in two common areas in the apartment complex. This was followed by phases two and three, in which CORT installed furniture in additional apartments. In total, CORT added 106 beds to the apartment complex. Also, the staged room used in the planning phase of the project is being used today as a model for parents and students taking a tour of the complex of the student residences.

The Result

Lakes Region Community College’s decision to rent furniture though CORT ultimately saved time and resources that would not have been possible had they purchased furniture for the units. Furniture rental also gave LRCC the capability to exchange furniture pieces – when and if it is ever necessary – which provides the college with more flexibility if their style and design needs ever change.

"CORT has been a great partner for Lakes Region as we embarked on this new adventure of opening our student apartments."

About LRCC

Lakes Region Community College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that serves over 1,200 students annually. LRCC offers 28 associate degree programs including Nursing, Fire Technology, Business, Media Arts, Culinary Arts, Automotive, and Marine Technology, as well as over 38 short-term certificate programs. In addition, LRCC provides a strong background in Liberal Arts for students who choose to do their first two years at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree. LRCC is one of the seven member colleges of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

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