Very important visitors!

Children of Faculty and Staff came in to our offices this afternoon to receive a "treat"!

RE Development Students Tour Campus Construction Site

On a very snowy afternoon, students from Adam Massey’s CU Real Estate Development class took a tour of the Kittredge construction site. Les Nylund and Mike Anest from Kiewit Construction conducted the tour. They talked about constructing these buildings to last 100 years and putting everything in place to get the LEED Gold certification for the project. One interesting fact that the students learned was that buildings on campus have to be able to withstand 135 mph winds and about some of the special challenges that are created with that wind load. Several of the students lived in the Kittredge housing complex as freshmen and were impressed to hear about the amenities (air conditioning!) that will be available to the lucky students who will be able to move in Fall 2013.

Young Alumni Networking!

The Young Alumni Committee sponsored a successful real estate networking event on September 19. Assured Title Agency at 1900 16th St. was the event sponsor and provided a beautiful venue along with food and drinks. Around 30 CU real estate alums were present to hear four successful real estate professionals share their strategies on how to achieve professional goals. The panel was moderated by Ben Woolf, Conscience Bay Company. The panelists were Lindsay Brown, Senior Vice President Tenant Representation, Jones Lang LaSalle; Carl Koelbel, Koelbel & Company; Matt Ritter, Principal, Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors; and Patti Gage, Senior Vice President, Colorado Business Bank.

Many thanks to Committee Chair, Erin Marilley and Andrea Pietka, Assured Title, for coordinating this value-added event.

Real Estate Center - Executive Director Update

After a very busy summer, our academic year is off to a great start! It is wonderful to have the extra energy that our students bring to the Koelbel building every day.

During the past few months our Real Estate Center has been very active:

• We launched our new website. While we are still in the process of adding some new features (videos and a calendar of events), you should be proud of its look and ease of accessing information. You can link directly to it at Please add it to your favorites.

• The Dan and Laurie Ivanoff Real Estate Development track was announced. Please see Dr. Tom Thibodeau’s article in the newsletter for more details. It’s a game changer for us!

• Our ULI Hines Design Competition Team garnered yet another award. They received the 2012 ASLA Student Award for a virtual collaboration by students of landscape architecture and real estate finance from two universities located 2,000 miles apart with 100% of the work completed remotely!

• We held our inaugural National Advisory Board meeting for the Center. This new board has 25 members and this first meeting was very active. We received great ideas about enhancements to our program from the board members. This board will help us broaden our reach and visibility nationally and assist our students with internship and job placement searches.

• Our fund raising and membership recruitment continues in full swing.

Recent New Members: Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, The Colorado Group, Jones Lang LaSalle, Keystone Partners/Parkwood RE Partners, Lincoln Property Company, Littleton Capital Partners – Jonathan Bush, First Range Management – Michael Berman, Katchen and Company – Ed Boyle, Dave Vorlage, and Carl Koelbel

Recent Renewals: Goldberg Properties, Freeman Myre, Inc. – Andrew Freeman, and Gittelman Properties – Steve Gittelman

• Katie Latier is back from maternity leave. She and her husband Jeff are the proud parents of another son, Jonathan. We look forward to his enrollment at Leeds in 2030! (Big brother Will with the new addition!)

We have an exciting fall planned with a Quarterly Meeting, a ULI Reception, and graduate and undergraduate club activities. Stay tuned for more announcements in the future.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the yeoman’s work Lisa Peck has been doing behind the scenes. Her energy and commitment to our program is contagious. Thanks for all you do Lisa!

We look forward to seeing you at our future events and hearing from you with any ideas to continue to move our program toward Top 10 recognition!

Real Estate Club volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity Build on Saturday, September 15th

Nine students volunteered to help build a Habitat for Humanity house on Saturday in Longmont. The day started early as the students met the Club advisor, Lisa Chambers, at 7:15 am on campus. The day was a beautiful fall day predicted to be in the 80’s with no rain in sight! Everyone carpooled to the build site in north Longmont and the work began at 8:00 am.

The house under construction was part of a four-plex. The jobs on Saturday were putting up the framing, siding and insulation panels. The students learned how to use a compressed air nail gun to hang the siding along with a level, hammer, table saws and other tools of the trade. They all wore hard hats, safety glasses and nail aprons.

The work ended around 3:30 pm. Everyone felt that they had made a real contribution and learned a lot about home construction. The new homeowner was also there volunteering and knowing that a family was very excited about moving into their new home was just an added bonus. The rewards of volunteering are many, and extend far beyond the good feelings the students got from helping Habitat. This was a great way to explore career options and enhance your resume and will continue to be an annual fall event for the Real Estate Club.

Kudos to the 9 students who spent their Saturday as volunteering: Maggie Devlin, Jack Krowl, Cooper Jacobs, Davis Niederman, Clair Stowell, Anna Davis, Allison Rudy, Parker Brown and Shea Kutner.