UCSD Team Captures Planning Championship04/27/16
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UCSD Team Captures Planning Championship
For its Seaport Village Development Plan
Bests Teams from SDSU and USD
By SD Metro Magazine
April 27, 2016
Members from UCSD’s winning team in the University Challenge are, from left, Jenni Cen, Michelle Markiewicz, Nicholas Maldarelli, Albert Liang and Cristina Martinez.
A student team from UCSD Department of Urban Studies and Planning has a winning formula for redoing the Seaport Village property — turn it into a mixed-use development anchored by an iconic hotel.
It’s a winning idea because the proposal gave the student team the championship in the NAIOP San Diego’s sixth annual University Challenge on April 21.
Student teams from UC San Diego, San Diego State University and the University of San Diego competed in the event, where they had to show judges what they would do with Seaport Village. That tourist attraction was selected by organizers because the Port of San Diego is actually soliciting proposals for the area. The students would have a chance to contribute to the community visioning process that may ultimately inform the development team’s design.
The SDSU Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate’s project was titled “Bayside Pointe” and the USD Burnham Moores Center for Real Estate proposal was titled “Seaport.” A SDSU team had won the challenge the last two years.
For the first time in the University Challenge’s six years of inter-collegiate competition, each team was required to incorporate “an iconic people-mover” that draws locals and tourists to the site. Based upon community feedback, the UCSD team chose to maintain the much-loved carousel already located on the Seaport site.
Members of the UCSD student team — named Triton Associates — are Albert Liang, Cristina Martinez, Jenni Cen, Michelle Markiewicz and Nicholas Maldarelli. They and the other teams presented their development plans at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, site of the University Challenge.
Throughout the competition, the teams had access to volunteer mentor architects from LPA Inc., Ware Malcomb and Carrier Johnson. The winning team consulted with David Gilmore, Francisco Nunez and Kevin Leslie of LPA.
Judges in the Challenge were John Alderson from Westfield; Dan Feldman from Sunroad Enterprises; Kevin Heinly from Gensler; Chris Wood from Ryan Companies; Mike McNerney from Lowe Enterprises; Jim Nigro from US Bank; Paul Buss from Oliver McMillan; and Kelly Moden from Murfey Construction.
Proceeds from University Challenge will fund two scholarships for each participating school.
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