California State University - Channel Islands

Client Situation

Studley (now Savills Studley) has served as the University’s advisor and owner’s representative since the conception of the campus, to purchase and re-develop the 600-acre state-owned hospital (formally know as the Camarillo State Mental Institution) in Camarillo, California. The site now serves as the system's 23rd campus.


Studley initially assisted in negotiating terms with the state of California to donate the property and award the university improvement and operating funds to rehab and operate the facilities.  We established a Site Authority to own the site as a stand-alone government entity, thus shielding the University from proffers and other jurisdictional obligations as well as providing a taxing authority.  Design, engineering, construction and financial advisory services were competed, hired and managed.  Tax-exempt bond financing was secured.  Lastly, Studley and its partner UniDev oversaw the development of the infrastructure and Phase I and II housing that is now complete and delivered.  The sale and leasing of 100% of all units was accomplished upon construction completion.  We are now managing the development of Phase III, the Town Center including retail, office and residential development.

The existence of newly-developed faculty housing is being used as a recruitment and bonus tool by the CSU system, which anticipates losing 40% of its faculty over the next 8 years.  Moreover, the site will also include 1.3 million square feet of university buildings, planned urban development, recreation facilities, retail, and R&D.  Proceeds from Phase I-V residential, retail and R&D development will help fund the rehab and development of academic, administrative, arts and recreational campus facilities.

Summary Information

  • Property: Channel Island Campus, Ventura County, CA
  • Transaction Type: Consulting
  • Service Line: Education Practice Group

Meet the Team

Foley, Timothy E.

Foley, Timothy E.

Managing Director

Quinby, William P.

Quinby, William P.

Executive Vice President, Co-Regional Manager