Burns School Student Activities

Each year, students at the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management participate in a variety of hands-on, experiential learning projects and competitions. Learn more about their involvement and see the difference our students are making for the Denver community.

Burns School Playhouse Project

See how students from the Burns School collaborated with David Weekley Homes in the 2015 Playhouse project to benefit one of our veterans:

RECM Network

This student organization invites industry leaders from a variety of specializations to talk to the students about their areas of expertise and network with students one-on-one. The club is also active in participating with industry associations and in community events. Learn more»

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NAIOP Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge

burns-naiop-2015The Competition: 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. The event allows these students and the 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 serves as the competition site that is under control of the project sponsor. The challenge places the two real estate programs against one another to create a preferred development real estate proposal for the selected property. Previous project sites include developments in Boulder and Parker, Colorado. 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.

2015 Winners:  The Burns School Visionary Partners team presented their redevelopment plan for Westfield Company Inc.’s Midtown Industrial Center on Brighton Boulevard. Visionary Partner’s “RiNo Link” plan was selected by NAIOP’s esteemed panel of judges as the winner of the competition. This is the third year in a row that Daniels students have taken the top prize, with a total of eight wins in the past 13 years.

NAHB Competition 2015

burns-nahb-2015On January 20, 2015 Burns students competed in the National Association of Home Builders “Residential Construction Management Competition” at the International Building Show in Las Vegas. A team of six Burns students worked all fall quarter to develop a site plan, feasibility study, marketing campaign and overall residential development for a parcel of land outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Each team that competed was given the same executive summary and the winner was chosen based on functionality, financial feasibility and demographic demand for the area. The Burns School took home fourth place out of 34 schools and was one of the only construction management programs in the country that is based in a business school represented at the competition.

NAHB Competition 2016

burns-nahb-2016University of Denver Wins 2016 NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 20-22, 2016 –The Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver won first place in the Four-Year College category of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) held at the 2016 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas in January.

Fifty-three teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the U.S. participated in the annual competition, with 35 teams competing in the FourYear College category alone.

“Congratulations to the NAHB Student Chapter at University of Denver,” said Jerry Howard, CEO of NAHB. “They and their competitors showed a great deal of talent along with a depth of understanding of building industry management, from land development to marketing to scheduling to estimating.”

During the competition, students create a residential development plan and solve real-life construction management problems, then present their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts.

“We worked incredibly hard for this win. We’re so excited to finally bring the first place trophy to DU.” said team captain, Carlos Villar. Faculty advisor and Burns School Director, Dr. Barbara Jackson, couldn’t agree more. “These students dedicated countless hours and the majority of their free time last quarter to this project. I’m so proud to see them get rewarded for all their hard work.”

This was the 16th time the Burns School has competed in this national competition. Their first year competing, they took home the “Rookie of the Year” award in 2000, and placed second in 2010, which was the highest placement until now. The Burns School placed in the top five the last two years.

“Students will remember the competition for the rest of their lives. The judges were impressed with this year’s group, and we expect once again that the participants will be highly sought after when it comes to job offers,” said RCMC consultant, Dianne Slattery, Ph.D., Slattery Consulting.

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction.