NCCLF Community Facilities Challenge
The Community Facility Challenge is a unique opportunity for students to work with local community building organizations (CBO) and municipalities to apply their skills to prepare a real estate feasibility analysis for a proposed community facility real estate project to benefit a low-income community in Fresno County.
The Community Facilities Challenge’s student teams will be comprised of undergraduate and graduates from Fresno State’s Lyles College of Engineering, Craig School of Business, and the Department of Art and Design. This is an opportunity for students to get unparalleled hands-on experience with real world community facility real estate development.
Each student team (consisting of 5-6 students from different fields of study) will be given an actual site and client (a community building organization or local government agency). The teams will be required to provide a written real estate development proposal consisting of a financial analysis, preliminary design concepts, engineering review, construction schedule, and other relevant components.
Student teams will have access to FSU faculty and the Community Facilities Challenge Advisory Group (AIA, ASPA, and other consultants) for guidance. Community Action Partnership and Illinois Investment Fund have online resources that are suggested reading before students begin their challenge.
The teams will also be required to give an oral presentation of their proposals before a panel of real estate professionals in the areas of development, finance, property management, architecture, planning, local government, FSU faculty and NCCLF representatives.
In addition, clients receive proposals for potential projects that can be developed into real community facilities. The winning team will receive a monetary award to donate to a local CBO.
The students will begin their assignments on February 22, 2012, and will provide the final written analysis on April 11, 2012. Oral presentations will be given on April 18, 2012.
NCCLF is currently accepting applications from CBO’s and Municipalities for community facility project sites. Application form is available here.
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