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SDSU Students Win Top Honors 2014 NAIOP Challenge

The SDSU Team for the 2014 NAIOP Challenge

From left: Bharat Madan, Carolina Conway, Jared Anderson, Kelli Knapp, Austin Harrison and Ian Bradley.

A team of San Diego State University undergraduate students won the fourth annual NAIOP University Challenge, making it the third time in four years that the SDSU has taken the top prize. The challenge was staged on April 25 as SDSU competed with students from the University of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego.

The student teams were given the opportunity to develop a plan for the U.S. post office site located at Midway Drive in San Diego. "The challenge of this project was not only to find the best use of the land, but what also made the most sense," said Mark Goldman, team advisor and SDSU real estate lecturer. "Our team was the only one to offer a solution that included repurposing many of the existing structures, along with the innovative use of converting shipping containers into prefabricated modular housing units."

We are honored that some of SDSU's very best students have been recognized by the one of the top commercial real estate organizations in the nation for their hard work, research and presentation skills
Dawn Eisenberg

The SDSU team consisted of real estate majors Bharat Madan, Carolina Conway, Austin Harrison, Kelli Knapp and Ian Bradley, and economics major Jared Anderson.

"We are honored that some of SDSU's very best students have been recognized by the one of the top commercial real estate organizations in the nation for their hard work, research and presentation skills," said Dawn Eisenberg, director of SDSU's Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate. "We are very proud of our student team and the SDSU real estate program as we continue to educate outstanding future business leaders."

NAIOP is a national Commercial Real Estate Development Association for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate.