With the first day of classes for the spring semester on the horizon, a group of 15 real estate-focused MBA and MS students recently spent three days in Seattle, Washington, visiting with industry players and learning about the local market. As is typical for a CUREC "Trek", the schedule was packed with developers, investment managers, operators, and market experts.
Led and organized by CUREC Associate Director Katie Latier and Executive Director Mike Kercheval, the group visited a total of twelve companies, spanning all product types. They also made time to explore the city a bit and enjoy some of the Seattle's delicious seafood.
Highlights of the trip included:
A tour of the Hotel 1000 led by General Manager Pritpal Singh. The students also were presented a market overview by representatives from Visit Seattle.
A visit to Amazon's active construction site in South Lake Union, and conversations with Chris Broadgate from Amazon and Josh Devenyns from Seneca Group.
A tour, presentation, and CU alumni happy hour at the historic Smith Tower, hosted by Ned Carner from Unico.
A presentation and conversation with Steve Reents from Bentall Kennedy.
A presentation and hard hat tour of Schnitzer West's Madison Centre project in downtown Seattle, hosted by Steve Cook and Dan Ivanoff.
A presentation and site walk of Urban Villages' adaptive reuse and alley activation project in historic Pioneer Square, with Jesse Bank and representatives from Sellen Construction and Shed Architects.
A conversation with a group from Vulcan Real Estate, a development firm founded by Microsoft's Paul Allen.
A site tour of Lake Union Partner's State Hotel project (a historic renovation) near Pike Place Market, with Joe Ferguson and Newton Breiter.
A conversation with Kilroy Realty, hosted by Rob Swartz and Monique Diego.
A tour of Luma Condominiums and Infinity Apartments with Suzi Morris from Lowe Enterprises.
A tour of Boeing's 737 manufacturing facility with Jeff Adelton.
The group brought a deep curiosity to each visit, and made excellent use of the opportunities to gain firsthand knowledge from professionals in the field. They returned to Colorado with fresh perspectives, ready to apply many new ideas to their studies and their ongoing careers.