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MRED+U Students and Faculty attend the ULI Fall Meeting in Washington, DC

2019-20

 


ULI Fall Meeting, Washington, DC September 16-19

ULI Fall Meeting DCThe 2019 MRED+U students just returned from the ULI Fall meeting which takes place annually at different cities throughout the U.S. This year the meeting took place in Washington, D.C. and was filled with a blend of MRED+U site visits, lectures and meetings in addition to all the events and activities surrounding the ULI Fall meeting. UM was well-represented with a total of 25 MRED+U students, Dr. Charles Bohl, MRED+U Program Director and Mark Troen, Full-time Lecturer.

We commenced Tuesday with a visit to HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. With over 1,700 people collaborating across a network of 24 offices on three continents, HOK is one of the premier international multi-disciplinary firms offering architecture, engineer, interior, landscape architecture, lighting, and planning and urban design services to public and private clients throughout the world. Mark Troen facilitated our visit with Bill Hellmuth, HOK’s Founder and CEO, as he had previously worked on a town center project with HOK. We spent the morning learning about some of their past and current projects.

ULI Fall Meeting DCNext up was a lunch hosted by John Torti, founding partner of Torti Gallas + Partners, where we learned more about the firm whose multidisciplinary approach to placemaking involves designers, architects, planners and community liaisons with a goal to design buildings and places that promote balanced and sustainable progress. We toured places and projects in two corridors, Columbia Heights and H Street, and leaned about their unique approach to design and placemaking.

Following those site visits, we visited The Clifton, Advisory Board member David Arditi of Aria Development Group’s most recent D.C. project. The Clifton is a 156 multifamily urban infill project with affordable housing and market rate units. Designed for the next generation of apartment living, The Clifton offers several stand-out amenities including a concierge-staffed delivery and pick-up area that includes cold storage for food and flowers, package lockers, and dry- cleaning storage; a sun-soaked rooftop terrace that leads to an oasis above the city with a chef’s kitchen and private dining room; a controlled-access bicycle storage, repair station and separate convenient bicycle entrance and, for those who love their four-legged companions, a fully-equipped pet spa.

ULI Fall Meeting DCWrapping up the full day was a meeting with the developers behind The Wharf - PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, two accomplished mixed-use developers with national stature, unparalleled reputations, and stellar financial results. The Wharf was developed as a waterfront city and destination and is a mile-long stretch along the Potomac River with restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses with easy access to Washington, DC’s most beloved monuments and memorials, art venues, sporting events, and more. 

 


MRED+U Speaker Series Launched on August 23rd

Tigre Weinrich Speaks to MRED+U StudentsOur Fall Speaker Series commenced with a dynamic discussion with Advisory Board member Steve Cohen on Making Valuable Connections Through Networking. Back for his third year, this topic has always been an extremely useful way to start off the fall semester as our new and returning students are keen to develop networking skills and business connections as they start the MRED+U program. Andrew Frey joined Dr. Bohl’s classroom last Friday to speak on developing within Miami 21.

We have a full calendar this fall with several Advisory Board members either coming into the classroom or hosting a site visit. Classroom speakers currently scheduled include Kieran Bowers, David Martin, Nitin Motwani, Michael Tillman and Tigre Wenrich. Both David Arditi and Lissette Calderon are hosting site visits featuring one of their current projects later this semester. If you would like to participate in the classroom or by hosting a site visit, please email Allison Freeland at Allisonfreeland@miami.edu.


 


Fall Orientation Was a Tremendous Start for All Involved

Orientation 2019

The MRED+U 2019-2020 orientation was kicked off with a welcome breakfast with our faculty and followed by a SoA graduate student reception and campus tour. The MRED+U students then headed off to Grass River Property to meet with Peter Lapointe and Brent Thurn and learn more about the idea behind the CocoWalk renovation and launch of 3650 REIT. Immediately following, we toured CocoWalk and viewed the construction progress, new floor plans, and expanded tenants spaces and uses.

On Tuesday, we headed first to Paseo de la Riviera, one of NPI’s mixed-use projects which includes a residential building with over 200 one, two and three bedroom rental units and a new hotel with almost 250 hotel keys including a Presidential Suite that can be used for a variety of entertaining functions. Nestled within the two buildings will be two restaurants (one of which will be featuring a James Beard award-winning chef), a pool bar, hair salon, communal work space and parking. Thank you again to Advisory Board member Brent Reynolds for putting us in the capable hands of his hotel and residential team. Following lunch, we headed downtown to tour The Brickell Flatiron with Advisory Board member Vanessa Grout. The building is spectacular in its exterior and interior design and the roof top vistas were the talk of the tour. From there we headed to The Vagabond Motel and met with Advisory Board member Avra Jain and MRED+U Alumna Natalia Cebollero for a fascinating overview of MiMo and the myriad of projects she has underway involving affordable housing, construction, preservation and restoration. The day was capped off with a casual happy hour with MRED+U alumni at the iconic Vagabond Motel pool.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, our MRED+U students were introduced to Finance Bootcamp and Market Analysis Tools, both staples of the orientation program, and led by Professors Steve Nostrand and Mark Troen, respectively. On Wednesday afternoon, the students met with Advisory Board members Scott Davidson and Carlos Rodriguez as well as long-time MRED+U supporter Venny Torre over lunch to learn more about the activity in the Coral Gables market. Each spoke to his unique business strategy which included discussion on asset class, development, repositioning and geo-focus. 

On Thursday afternoon, after the second session of Finance Bootcamp, our MRED+U students joined other SoA graduate students for a tour of Wynwood Walls, the brainchild of the late Tony Goldman and founding member of the MRED+U Advisory Board and whose development has been further launched into permanent history under the direction of MRED+U Advisory Board member Jessica Goldman Sbrenick. This was followed by a tour of the Miami Design District, another visionary project created by MRED+U Advisory Board member Craig Robins and recent recipient of the 2018 ULI Lifetime Achievement Award. The day ended with a SoA graduate reception at Shulman & Associates.