It’s been an exciting start to 2017 here at NAIOP Vancouver! Incase you’ve missed our announcements in our e-newsletter and LinkedIn group, we’ve partnered with TransLink to bring the first Pacific Northwest Real Estate Challenge to Canada, where students from UBC, Washington State, and Portland University are competing to turn the Coquitlam Central Station into a community hub. The site needs to be highly walkable, offer mixed-use buildings, and preserve the functionality of the busy transit area.
Guy Akester, Director of Real Estate Programs & Partnerships at TransLink presenting to the university teams
The competition kicked off on Saturday, January 14th with presentations at the Douglas College David Lam Campus, followed by a site tour. For most of the students, this was the first time they had ever viewed the site.
“One of the key things that the Challenge hopefully does for the students is help them understand the complexity of development, the variety of expertise that is required, and the stakeholders that need to be engaged in order to see it through properly,” said Jarvis Rouillard, President of NAIOP Vancouver.
The students will propose their ideas on March 1st, followed by oral presentations on March 8th and 9th in front of a panel of judges. The winning team will be awarded the coveted Bob Filley Cup as well as have the potential to have their plans implemented by TransLink.
This exciting Challenge has been featured in news outlets across Metro Vancouver. From Global News to The Province, click on the links below to read NAIOP in the news!
The Vancouver Sun
The Tri-City News