Real Estate Challenge

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The official score is: DU with 10 Wins and CU with 6 Wins...
who will take home the 2019 NAIOP Cup?!

Don't miss the 17th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge - a real world, development competition between MBA student teams from the University of Colorado and University of Denver! 

Land Title Guarantee Company and NAIOP Colorado, selected the 40.5 acre Denver Shops, located at 5151 Bannock Street in Denver, Colorado as its prime subject for the 17th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge scheduled for May 2, 2019.

‘The Challenge’ is the premier real estate competition that pairs graduate-level students from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver and industry leaders in the Colorado real estate community to reinvent an existing commercial real estate site. As major employers identify large cities for their future campuses, they look to innovative urban centers for ideas that can transform the places we live, work and play into high functioning ecosystems and engaging experiences. The Denver Shops seeks to be that model.

Located in the Globeville neighborhood within the City and County of Denver, this forty-plus acre site at The Denver Shops is an ideal project focus for these real estate graduate students. Formerly known as the Colorado Trade Center, the property was acquired by project sponsor Conscience Bay Company in 2015.

Conscience Bay Company has restored the original name, The Denver Shops, to honor the unique history of the site. In 1922 the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad opened the Locomotive Shops and for decades the site was referred to as The Denver Shops throughout the community. Read More.

Join Land Title Guarantee Company and NAIOP Colorado on May 2nd, 2019 as we cheer on the competing MBA Students from CU and DU as they present their plans for the Denver Shops Site in front of over 700 real estate professionals!

Registration for the 2019 Challenge opens in January! Watch this website for details.
Or, secure your tickets/table NOW by investing as a 2019 NAIOP Corporate Sponsor.

With an audience of over 700 real estate professionals including owners, developers, attorney's, lenders, architects, brokers, engineers, contractors and public officials - supporting sponsors of the Annual Real Estate Challenge receive an amazing return on their investment! Click Here for More Details!

What is the  Challenge???


The Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge (RMREC) is an annual event designed to serve as a learning tool for students of the University of Colorado and University of Denver’s graduate real estate programs and local business community to interface, while assisting the Project Sponsor with development options for the specific property.  A property is selected in the region that will serve as the competition site that is under control of the Project Sponsor.  In 2019, we will celebrate the 17th Anniversary the Challenge that historically has placed the two graduate real estate programs against one another in creating a preferred development real estate proposal for the selected property. Each school forms multiple student teams who are enrolled in the real estate development classes in each real estate program.  Each team is charged with creating a vision for the property conducting  market research on uses for the property, working with a local architectural firm (secured to participate by NAIOP) to assist them in the project’s design, refinement of the vision the respect with respect to the zoning and entitlements carried by the property. The finalists from each school are judged by a group of seasoned real estate professionals the day of the event.   A traveling trophy is awarded to the winning team.  The event will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver to an audience of approximately 700 registrants.