Thursday, April 19, 2018

Treasure Island Center
400 Wabasha Street North, St. Paul

Advanced registration is closed.
On-site registration will be available starting at 3:30 pm.

The 15th annual University Challenge is here and April 19 is the date to see the next round of exceptional talent about to enter our market. Join your colleagues for this afternoon event and reception at the new Treasure Island Center.

Three finalists from the six competing universities will present their concept for Ramsey County's Riverfront Property Site in downtown St. Paul. This active site is the subject of much speculation in the market, so come and see what these student teams propose for the best use.

After the 2018 champion is crowned, enjoy a reception in this new event space. Hempel and the Saint Paul Port Authority will also be providing tours of Treasure Island Center, including the TRIA Ice Rink on level 5.

Be there to support the talented professionals entering the market. It’s going to be a great competition!

The Site

NAIOP is partnering with Ramsey County on their Riverfront Property Site, formerly the Adult Detention Center and West Publishing buildings, for this year’s competition.

The site includes four parcels totaling 4.77 acres along the Mississippi River. It is centrally located within walking distance to prominent downtown Saint Paul destinations and landmarks, is accessible by I-94 and I-35E, and has excellent access to mass transit.

The Universities

Event Partner

The Opus Foundation® is proud to partner with NAIOP in supporting our future commercial real estate professionals at the 2018 University Real Estate Challenge. 


Treasure Island Center, Second Floor
400 Wabasha Street North, St. Paul


Complimentary parking is available in the ramp within Treasure Island Center, which can be accessed on the 6th Street or Wabasha Street sides of the building.


3:30 pm Registration & Networking
4:00 pm Presentations from the 3 Finalist Teams
5:30 pm Announcement of the Winners & Reception
5:40 pm Treasure Island Center Tour (optional)

The Judges

Ryan Bauer, Diversified Real Estate Services
Jeff Jiovanazzo, CBRE
David Larsen, TCF Bank 
John McCarthy, Newmark Knight Frank
Lee Mehrkens, Ramsey County
Jamie Stolpestad, EG Capital


$35 | NAIOP member or non-member
Advanced registration is closed.
On-site registration will be available.

License Credit

Please note: This program does not qualify for continuing real estate education credits.


Site Owner & Sponsor

Venue & Parking Sponsor

Venue Sponsor