Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Luminare
770 SE 9th St, Minneapolis

Advanced registration is now closed. Walk-ins welcome!

Meritex Freight House map21st Annual University Challenge

Student teams from regional universities are charged with pitching a deal to potential investors that involves the most profitable yet feasible project that maximizes value while achieving the highest risk adjusted return.

The teams are asked to address a development plan, construction timeline, budget, pro-forma, leasing plan and schedule, financing plan and market analysis.

The Site

This year's site is the Meritex Freight House in downtown St. Paul. In the proposals, the student teams should assume the building at 444 N Pine St cannot be torn down. Teams may choose to operate as-is, remodel, demolish, or partially demolish the remaining buildings.

The Schools

Iowa State University

Marquette University Center for Real Estate

University of Minnesota

University of St. Thomas

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Opus Foundation® is proud to partner with NAIOP in supporting our future commercial real estate professionals at the 2024 University Real Estate Challenge.


$45 | NAIOP member or non-member
Free | students*
*Students: Email NAIOP for complimentary registration


3:30 pm | Registration & Networking
4:00 pm | Presentations from the 3 Finalist Teams
5:15 pm | Winner Announcement & Reception


Main lot is located at 610 SE 9th St (NorthCo Building Parking Lot), accessible via SE 9th St.
There is also a small lot accessible from SE 8th St for any accessibility needs.
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License Credit

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