Thursday, April 20, 2017
Mall of America, Parkview Meeting + Event Center
60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

Advanced registration is now closed.
Walk-ins are welcome on-site starting at 3:15 pm.

The Competition

This year is NAIOP Minnesota’s 14th annual University Challenge, where universities compete to win the best conceptual plan for a site in the Twin Cities. 

Six student teams will present their concepts for the highest and best use of the site to the judges. At the 4 pm program, the three finalists will then present to the NAIOP audience and the 2017 champion will be crowned.

The Site

NAIOP is partnering with the Mall of America and Triple Five on this year's site, the former Thunderbird Motel site, now known as the Gateway.

The site includes access to the Mall of America, one the of the top tourist destinations in the country. The four parcels total 13.09 acres and are situated at the intersection of 494 and 24th Avenue South in Bloomington.

Its close proximity to metro transit (including both bus and light rail) and placement within the city of Bloomington means a highly-connected and desirable destination to work, live, and play!

The Universities

The Judges

Steve Buss, JLL
Mike Fitzpatrick, Johnson Bank
Kurt Hagen, Triple Five
Kim Hofstede, Founders Properties, L.L.C.
Larry Lee, City of Bloomington
Ronn Thomas, Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq

  The Opus Foundation® is proud to partner with NAIOP in supporting our future
commercial real estate professionals at the 2017 University Real Estate Challenge.

The Details

Location & Parking
Mall of America, West Parking Ramp (by Macy's and Nordstrom)

Meeting Room: Parkview Meeting + Event Center
  • Once you’ve entered the Mall, proceed to the first floor of South Avenue and enter Nickelodeon Universe.
  • Parkview Meeting + Event Center is located in the southwest corner of Nickelodeon Universe, next to the Hard Rock Café. 
  • Location Map within the Mall of America
3:30 pm Registration & Networking
4:00 pm Presentations from the 3 Finalist Teams
5:30 pm Announcement of the Winners & Reception

$35 (NAIOP member or non-member)
Advanced registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome on-site starting at 3:15 pm.

No refunds for cancellations after Friday, April 14. 

Complimentary admission to undergraduate students enrolled in real estate program. 
Email NAIOP Minnesota with your name & university to get signed up.

License Credit
Please note: this program does not qualify for continuing real estate education credits.

Email NAIOP Minnesota or call the office at (952) 928-4647.