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WSU Center Merges
UW Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies
A merger between academic
real estate centers at the University of Washington and Washington State
University will broaden the reach of the Runstad Center in Seattle, say people
connected to the agreement.
In January 2012, the Washington
Center for Real Estate Research at WSU merged with the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the UW.
Glenn Crellin, 61, who
directed the WSU center, has become associate director of research for the
Runstad Center, which is part of the UW College of Built Environments. He
brings years of experience in residential real estate to Runstad, which has
heavily focused on commercial real estate.
Crellin also hopes to leverage
academic research, offering it in white papers, a newsletter and other
formats more accessible to real estate professionals.
“We want to make sure that
industry can take advantage of the work we do,” Crellin said.
“This merger elevates the
role of research at Runstad,” said George Rolfe, who directs the Runstad
Center. “Glenn also has a broad reputation, and there has never been a more
important time for the Center to understand the economics of residential real
estate. This merger makes us more relevant in the largest real estate market in
the Pacific Northwest.”
Crellin, who holds a
master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland, became interested
in residential real estate in the early 1970s, when asked to forecast housing
starts for the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which is part of the U.S.
Department of Commerce. Later, at Arthur Young & Company, Crellin advised
government clients on economic impact statements, then spent 16 years as a
research economist for the National Association of Realtors.
He liked research on the
home market. “Residential housing touches everybody, whether they live in
an apartment or a single-family home,” Crellin said.
Runstad board members are
pleased about the blended centers. “This merger will give the Runstad Center a
well-rounded research platform,” said Larry Remmers, board chairman, who is
also senior vice president and manager of commercial real estate for Wells
Fargo Bank in Portland, Ore.
“With changes in the
economy and in academics, as well as the rise and energy of the Runstad Center,
the merger makes sense. The synergies between residential and commercial
studies could mean that two and two equals five,” said Seattle commercial real
estate attorney Anne Lawler, who was chairwoman of the Washington Center board
of trustees and now serves on the Runstad board.
The WSU center’s website, as well as its research, will be available until
transition to the Runstad Center is complete.
The Runstad Center
supports the master of science in real estate degree offered by the Department
of Urban Design and Planning. It is a two-year program that includes courses in
finance, investment, development and sustainability. -- Catherine O'Donnell
Construction Management Department
Engages the Community
Construction Management Department hosted three successful community
events, including the inaugural Construction Industry Research
Conference (CIRC), Lean Construction Seminar, and King County
Construction Days for High School Students. The College's newest facility - the Pacific Northwest
Center for Construction Research and Education - provided an excellent venue for these engagements.
CM Department Hosts Inaugural
Construction Industry Research Conference (CIRC)
inaugural Construction Industry Research Conference (CIRC) was held on Nov. 2,
2011. The Conference presented the varied and extensive research accomplishments of the faculty and
students of the UW Department of Construction Management and College of Built
Environments. It also showcased the work of guests from Central Washington
University and the UW's Department of Communication.
CIRC’s mission is to present research findings on a variety
of relevant topics as well as highlight the ways that industry can benefit from
research partnerships with academia. It
creates an opportunity for industry to learn about past, current and future
construction research projects underway, and more importantly how these
projects could benefit their own organizations. This year’s focus was on research on BIM, safety, lean construction,
ergonomics, education, and communication.
support of academic work varies from formal funded research projects, hosting
case study observations, participation in interviews or surveys, as well as
domain expert advisory roles.
Lean Construction Seminar for CM
In October 2011, the CM Department held a day-long seminar for construction
industry professionals on Lean Construction. The introductory seminar was taught by Prof. Yong-Woo Kim, in the newly
completed Cornerstone Classroom at the department’s Pacific NW Center for
Construction Research and Education. A
follow-up Lean Construction seminar is planned for later this year, as well as
seminars on other topics relevant to the Built Environments.
King County Construction Days for High
In September 2011, in what has now become an annual
tradition, high school students from across King County visited the CM
Department’s Pacific NW Center for Construction Research and Education
(PNCCRE). The students were
participating in the King County Construction Days and spent 6 hours at
Magnusson Park learning about construction equipment, apprenticeships, and the
UW CM program. CM juniors and seniors
served as guides for students all day. In addition, at the PNCCRE, CM seniors in the Methods and Materials Lab
described the value of their CM education and how they used the mock-ups to
learn more about construction. In the Virtual Construction Lab, Prof. Ken-Yu
Lin and CM seniors gave an overview of Building Information Modeling and the
capabilities of that facilty.
UDP Studio Project Receives APA/PAW
October 21, 2011, the 2011 American Planning Association (APA)/Planning
Association of Washington (PAW) Awards were announced and presented at the
Joint Washington/Oregon APA State Planning Conference by the Washington and
Oregon Chapters of the American Association in Portland, Oregon. UDP affiliate
faculty member Alon Bassok and seven students from his URBDP 508 Transportation
and Land Use studio course were presented with an award for their project
titled: City of Seattle Bicycle Planning Best Practices and Count
comments on the APA Washington Chapter website include crediting the award
winning UDP student project for contributing “best practices and very
innovative techniques that can be used by other cities who want to replicate
similar bicycle planning counts & methodology as part of projects." To learn more
about this year's APA/PAW Awards, please visit the 2011 APA/PAW Awards page on the APA Washington
Landscape Architecture Design Studio
wins 2012 International SEED Award
Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Competition Design Awards honor
extraordinary design projects and demonstrate that an emerging field of
contributing architecture has reached a critical mass. Six projects were
selected out of forty-five submitted from fourteen countries. Studio 503: Design Activism; Escuela
Ecologica Saludable Initiative, Parque Primaria, Lima, Peru, and
the corresponding Summer Exploration Seminar in Peru, both led by Professor Ben Spencer, are among the top three
internationally recognized award winning design projects for their work in the
informal settlement of Lomas de Zapallal outside of Lima, Peru. The project encompassed the design and
construction of Pitagoras Primary School Park and of a new classroom building
with 10 modular classrooms. The design incorporates numerous sustainable
building strategies including a grey water filtration system and a hydrocarbon
densifying play mechanism.Congratulations
also to UW Professor of Landscape Architecture Daniel Winterbottom and his
Winter 2011 Design Build Studio in Croatia, who received an honorable mention
for The Healing Gardens, Rijeka, Croatia. The
winning projects will be shown at the Structures for Inclusion conference
at the University of Texas, Austin, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.
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