Fisk University finds innovative housing solution for surging enrollment

“Aesthetically, the units, which will feature eye-catching blue-and-yellow painted exteriors and kitchenettes and private bathrooms with walk-in showers inside, are a far cry from the neo-Gothic buildings dotting the historic campus. But as Fisk awaits construction of a new 300-bed, $20 million traditional dorm, the shipping-container dorms will satisfy an immediate need for affordable student housing.

“Of course it’s innovative and edgy and enterprising and forward-thinking,” Jens Frederiksen, Fisk’s executive vice president, said of the project. “But it’s also in part forged by necessity. We have rapid growth and relatively limited liquidity.”