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Cornell, Fordham Teams Take Top Honors in Eisenberg Foundation’s Real Estate Challenge

Cornell University’s undergraduate team and Fordham University’s graduate teams won top honors in the eleventh annual Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Real Estate Challenge. The Challenge tasked students with creating a hypothetical master plan for a five-parcel site in the South Side’s Woodlawn community, adjacent to the future home of the Obama Presidential Center.

Cornell and Fordham were among 11 teams from 10 universities nationwide to participate in the program. Each winning team was awarded $5,000 in scholarships, made possible by Wintrust Commercial Real Estate, toward their university’s real estate program.

“I was thrilled to see the students match our passion for the gateway to Woodlawn,” said Leon I. Walker, managing partner of DL3 Realty. “The students were diverse in their thought process; there was no shortage of creativity. They captured the individual disciplines and rallied them into a meaningful vision and execution strategy that was extremely impressive.”


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