We believe where a student lives is one of the greatest contributors to the success of their education.
It's no secret: By removing barriers such as distance and affordability, colleges with carefully planned housing infrastructures see a consistent rise in retention and graduation, and their students achieve higher GPAs.
Founded in the Pacific Northwest by two veterans of the developer, financing and startup worlds, Boost is a unique partner for secondary educational institutions in the U.S. that seek to re-imagine their approach to student housing.
Our flexible services take projects from feasibility through affordability, public-private partnerships, marketing, and occupancy with a nimble team. Our processes are deeply rooted in project and construction management. And our design vision is guided by an inherent belief in the value of hospitality, community, and the human potential.
All of this is to say, we understand the mission and the possibilities of visionary colleges invested in the future.
Boost specializes in stress-free partnerships and creating innovative living environments in which higher-education students thrive. Each project receives a custom solution based on two things: what your students need to excel, and how your institution can provide that without the typical hassles of development and debt. Together, our founders bring an extensive background in hospitality property management and a financial acumen honed on Wall Street. Their hands-on approach means Boost clients receive all the benefits of their experience.
Boost builds value for our clients, their end-users, and the surrounding communities by transforming real estate assets to their highest and best use in partnership with higher education institutions. With Boost, our clients are able focus on providing excellent education, instead of pursuing financing and managing development.
Whether an idea is on the horizon and needs to be vetted or a study is nearing completion and next steps are imminent, our team can partner with clients at any phase. Our feasibility services can help you determine if a project is viable and provide the solution that brings the most value to your school and your students.
When it comes to student housing, your focus should be on what students need out of their living space to optimize their chance for success, not how the college will underwrite it. Financing can be the largest risk in development, but not with Boost. We secure financing and navigate all negotiations so you can direct your funding toward other strategic initiatives.
With feasibility clear, Boost works with local government officials to ensure your project gets land and building approval, and maintains municipal building codes throughout development—quickly and efficiently. Entitlement services include: preparation of exhibits and renderings, public hearing presentations, community and neighborhood outreach, special studies, zoning maps, parcel maps and site surveys.
To bring a project to life on time and on budget, Boost selects only top general contractors and architects who understand Boost’s reimagined vision for student-housing. Because of our hospitality background, careful attention is directed towards interior design elements—like creating common spaces and furniture configuration that bring students together—while always maintaining accordance with municipal building codes and regulations. Boost also carries out the marketing plan to pave the way for a successful opening and launch.
Services include: construction management, sustainability, campus planning, sustainability, interior design, housing revitalization and branding.
Boost works with clients to ensure full occupancy and provides ongoing asset and property management services dependent on client needs. Additionally, we're committed to delivering a balanced living experience so students can enjoy life while focusing on their education.
Services include: occupancy, lease management, property management, asset management, and tenant management.
& STUDENT LIFE
An active developer, entrepreneur, angel investor and corporate advisor, David Lippes is known for innovation and fresh vision within industries that have strong potential for economic, human and community impact.
Lippes personally brings more than 25 years experience in finance—from banking to public and private equity to mergers and acquisitions—to each Boost project. His hands-on approach to private financing means his clients spend less time worrying about funding and more time crafting futures.
Lippes founded TiLite, a Washington-based company that brought independent mobility to wheelchair users. Lippes grew TiLite into a multinational company. In 2000, he co-founded SpinLife.com, an online retailer that today is the largest for durable medical equipment in the U.S. He serves on the for-profit boards for Carbitex, LLC, Vivid Learning Systems, J. Bookwalter Winery, and Adam Lippes, LLC. Lippes also serves as a trustee of the Kadlec Regional Medical Center and is Chair of the Kadlec Foundation.
As a career hospitality entrepreneur, John Crook is committed to creating better living spaces for corporate clients, students, and families.
Crook founded Paragon Corporate Housing in 1996 in Richland, Washington to serve relocating families and business travelers. Since then, the company has expanded operations to four Northwest states, making an unprecedented name for itself in hospitality with a network of affiliate providers throughout the U.S. In 2008, Paragon began providing Property Management services to third party commercial and residential property owners.
John has served as Board Chair of GO Furnished Housing Providers and the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the boards of the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Visit Tri-Cities, the Kadlec Foundation, and the Three Rivers Community Foundation.