ULI-UC Case Competition
ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition
The ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The Hines Competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.
This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each.
For more information visit the ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition page.
2016 Local Competition
On November 8, at the University of Cincinnati, five student teams made their final presentations vying for a $5000 award, in the third annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Cincinnati Case Competition. The event concluded an eight week course done in collaboration with UC Real Estate Program and Center, UC College of DAAP’s Niehoff Urban Studio and ULI Cincinnati.
The assigned case this year was a site located in the southwest corner of Downtown Cincinnati. The West Water Street development site (not a currently active development site) is comprised of a large parcel of land southwest of Paul Brown Stadium. This site is used as a company’s central aggregate distribution and ready mixed concrete terminal for the Cincinnati metro area. The main property is positioned between West Merhing Way and the Ohio River. To the west of the site is the Brent Spence Bridge and to the east of the site is a surface parking lot owned by Hamilton County. Teams proposed development of this site for a dense residential/mixed use project.
The winning team proposed the “Queen’s Landing” development – the complete redevelopment of over twenty acres of industrial yards. This proposal was for a complete mixed use project with a primary objective of totally energizing an untapped portion of the city and creating a genuinely unique experience for people to live, work and play. The team with the winning proposal included a combination of UC undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines: Connor Hymes (M Arch), Toni Strauch (BUP), Qisheng Zhu (M Arch), Jalisa Harris (MCP/GC RE), and Joseph Riusche (BBA RE). The winning team receives a $5000 award, and all student participants receive a one-year ULI membership.
The students commented that they were greatly impressed with the support from the real estate industry. The collaboration between the design, planning and financial disciplines proved very beneficial; but the support of the professional real estate community is what takes the competition to the next level each year.
Developed by ULI Cincinnati members in partnership with Shaun Bond and Bridget Graber of the UC Real Estate Program and Center, Frank Russell of the UC Niehoff Urban Studio, and the UC ProPel program, the course is modeled after the ULI Hines Student Urban Design Program. The student teams produce site plans, architectural designs, and real estate pro formas for their final proposals.
An impressive roster of real estate leaders and professionals from the local industry served as instructors, mentors, and judges for the competition:
Instructors: Brian Copfer of Miller Valentine Group, Jeanne Schroer of The Catalytic Fund, Tom Rowe of Terrex Development & Construction, Bob Garlock of Bayer Becker, Steve Kenat and Chad Burke of GBBN, Dan McCarthy of Carter, and Tom Gabelman of Frost Brown Todd LLC.
Judges panel: Bill Fischer, City of Cincinnati; Dan Ruh of Al. Neyer; Pam Weber of PNC Bank; Keven Speece of GBBN Architects; Tom Gabelman and Jeanne Schroer.
Case competition founding champion Dave Neyer retired from Al. Neyer remarked how the partnerships and process have strengthened with the third year of the competition. “The partnership with ULI members opens doors to co-ops and internships with the firms of the mentors and instructors. It’s a great opportunity for engagement and we’ve seen it really inspires students to pursue careers in some aspect of real estate development,” says Neyer.
Mentors: Michael Kady, Civil & Environmental Consultants; Joe Nickol, MKSK Studios; Lasserre Bradley, Ackermann Group; Jeff Raser, glaserworks; Chad Burke, GBBN Architects; Chad Munitz, Towne Properties; Jim Zentmeyer, Civil & Environmental Consultants; Jason Chamlee, The Model Group; Steve Kenat, GBBN Architects; Tom Rowe, Terrex Development & Construction; Sari Lehtinen, glaserworks; Stefan Cornelis, GBBN Architects; Mike Dooley, Bayer Becker; Thea Munchel, Walnut Hills Re-development Corporation; Lydia Jacobs-Horton, JAKE Advisors; Ed Ratterman, Economic Development Professional; Ryan Laber, Bayer Becker; Adam Gelter, 3CDC; and Kevin Wright, Walnut Hills Re-development Corporation.
Other participating students: Yasamin Enshaeian, Yilin Li, Guande Wu, Jonah Guttman, Yue Yan, Kellie Dunaway, Sadaf Khalil Zare, Sadaf Arsalani, Sutanu Majumber, Andrew Hannah, Ryan Craft, Kaaviyaa Nagarajan, Nathan Mertens, Umaize Savani, Austin Widman, Crystal Collado, Ruchira Sharad Khanvilkar, Jiajing Xie, Yongkang Zhang, and Chandler Berlinger.