NCCLF Community Facilities Challenge

Northern California Community Loan Fund in partnership with California State University Fresno is proud to sponsor the 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, property valuation, preliminary design concepts, engineering review, construction schedule, and other relevant components.

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, Wesley UMC and Stone Soup will receive proposals for their potential projects to use for their future plans. The winning team will receive a monetary award to donate to a local CBO.

The students will begin their assignments on February 5, 2014, and will provide the final written analysis on April 23, 2014.   Oral presentations will be given on April 30, 2014.


Team Form

Community Facilities Challenge Handbook

Space Planning

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