University of Oregon

Oregon Leadership in Sustainability

OLIS 613: Sustainable Real Estate Development

Instructor: Ric Stephens
Spring Quarter, 4 Credits

Course Description

This practicum is the final in the OLIS Graduate Certificate program. A challenge sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), this course focuses on sustainable development of a site in Oregon. Students form teams to develop alternative proposals that fit within the zoning for the site, projected market demand, and development concepts in ecological design.
Spring 2014: Willamette Falls Regenerative Design Project
The Willamette Falls is one of the largest in North America and has a unique native American and urban history. The historic waterfront industries have been closed, and Oregon City is currently planning for the future of this site in conjunction with numerous regional, state and national agencies. In the spring quarter, students in the OLIS program have the rare opportunity to participate in the planning of this extraordinary site.

These opportunities include:

    Collaborative design and public involvement
    Downtown revitalization
    Economic redevelopment
    Environmental conservation
    Historic preservation and cultural interpretation
    Master planning and urban design
    Public open space and access
    Transportation planning
    Urban ecology
    Waterfront and waterfalls preservation, enhancement and development

Spring 2013: Old Town Portland -- NAIOP and Downtown Development Group
The Oregon Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) sponsors a “Design Challenge” for graduate students to study and prepare recommendations for specific projects. The Design Challenge is supported by the Downtown Development Group (DDG) which has twelve (12) Old Town properties with potential for an integrated “campus plan.”
The NAIOP “Challenge” course in Spring 2013 focused on this area in Old Town, Portland that the Downtown Development Group is working to revitalize and develop [see Study Area]. Students formed teams to develop alternative proposals that fit within the zoning for the site (or could with a variance), projected market demand and that exemplify the best in sustainable development concepts and ecological design. The course will be led by University of Oregon adjunct instructor Ric Stephens. NAIOP members will serve as specialty mentors to the students in the fields of environmental design, finance, real estate, and law. Students will present their projects in Portland to members of the development community at an open event on June 13th. [See Public Event]
Old Town Portland Study Area

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