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Chapman U. Takes the Prize in Second Annual NAIOP SoCal Orange County Challenge

At the 2nd annual NAIOP SoCal Orange County Real Estate Challenge featuring graduate student teams from the Chapman University Argyros School of Business & Economics and the University of California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business Center for Real Estate, it was Chapman University’s five-member team that took home the Orange Cup. 

The event, held April 20 on the UCI campus, brought together the students in a competitive battle to determine the highest and best use for a unique parcel of land in Southern California. To claim victory, the winning team accumulated the most points during written and oral presentations to a judging panel of local commercial real estate industry leaders, and a live audience.

For 2023, the competition site was a two-parcel site in Brea. The four buildings on the site are occupied in various states of leasing and its infill location positions it well for a variety of redevelopment uses. Chapman University’s winning presentation proposed a focus on healthcare-related office, along with a new nursing school and senior living community.

Chapman University’s team (pictured) included Josh Dale, Bryce Grandison, Taylor Johnson, Rylan Mukssood and Shaun Wiechmann. The UCI team was comprised of Jon Bradford, Serena-Yuwei Dai, Dale Padelford, Alec Shaul and Zakary Win.

Meet CRE experts like Red Oak Capital Holdings CEO Gary Bechtel by joining us in person at Connect LA on May 3 at the Hotel Indigo. 


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 16-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 7-10 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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