NAIOP NJ Commercial Real Estate Intercollegiate Case Study Competition

Team Villanova, winner of the 2017 CREICS Competition for their proposal "Wireworks at C.O.I.L.", accepting their check from Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson (left) and NAIOP NJ President Dave Gibbons and Greater Trenton CEO George Sowa (right). 

Watch: US Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman addresses the audience at the CREICS Chapter Meeting on April 5.


About the CREICS Competition

The goals of the competition are to: educate local officials and students on development challenges; engage municipal and local leaders with NAIOP student members; and provide a fresh, focused and creative design with research value for the owner of the subject property.


At a kick-off meeting with George Sowa, CEO of  Greater Trenton (the site sponsor), teams had an opportunity to learn about the case study site,  part of the Roebling redevelopment in Trenton, and the City's hopes for it. Subsequently, teams had the option to visit the site in person.

The 2017 judges were: Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio, Peter Kasabach of NJ Future, Andy Merin of Cushman & Wakefield and George Sowa of Greater Trenton. The judges evaluated the written submissions in the following areas:  Financial Feasibility, Design Excellence, Sustainability and Client Goals.  The teams made in-person presentations to the judges before the winner was chosen. To ensure impartial judging, each university was assigned a team name unrelated to the school.

2017 Student Team Presentations


Team Lehigh: Gabriel Solms, Ross Karetsky (pictured third and fourth from left) and Jerome Fratello (not pictured).

Roebling Place Written Proposal    Roebling Place Slide Presentation


Team Monmouth: John Caruso, Kleber Palacios, Matt Englehardt and Nicholas Gareffa (flanking Mayor Jackson), and Jamie Malikie-Freda (not pictured).

 Trenton Makes Art Written Proposal   Trenton Makes Art Slide Presentation


Team Rutgers: Renyi Ren, John Caruso, Autumn Florek, Elizabeth Bronshteyn and Richard Hunt.

 The Millyard Written Proposal  The Millyard Slide Presentation

Team Villanova: Tyler Bausinger, Kiera McCloy, Katelyn Tufariello, Joseph Vilotti and Austin Neri.

 Wireworks at C.O.I.L. Written Proposal   Wireworks at C.O.I.L. Slide Presentation



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