Maryland has a winning track record in the annual Real Estate Investment and Development (REIDO) Case Competition, sponsored by GWU. Student teams from top U.S. universities compete to present the most compelling development proposal for a real-life site. Recent cases include Northeast DC and Rosslyn, VA.
2009: East Hill Gate
The 2009 REIDO case was a challenging 28-acre site with 60 land owners and more than 130 parcels that sits between New York Avenue, Florida Avenue and Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. The UM team presented a strong site plan, solid and realistic financials and a key marketing point of view for its East Hill Gate proposal. The team proposed a neighborhood with connectivity and accessibility for the students and faculty of Gallaudet, providing safe and beautiful pedestrian access through the new development to reach the Florida Avenue Metro station, the NoMa neighborhood and the rest of the city. The proposal preserves two historic market buildings in the center of the neighborhood, with local food purveyors and restaurants and a multi-screen cinema providing new amenities for students and other residents and visitors. Sight lines from Florida Avenue into the Gallaudet campus are preserved, maintaining focus on the neighborhood's center.
2008: Roosevelt Gateway
First Prize Winner + $15,000 Award
An interdisciplinary UM team won the 2008 REIDO competition, beating 18 other student teams from top universities. The case was a large plot in need of redevelopment in Rosslyn, VA, just across the Potomac River from Georgetown. The competition focused on three key components: creativity, economic feasibility and design. The UM team proposed transforming the site into "Roosevelt Gateway," a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly environment with a luxury hotel, street-level shopping and sweeping public spaces. The standout feature was an arching pedestrian walkway connecting Rosslyn to Roosevelt Island—a National Park Service site just beyond the reach of the city. Click here to view the full competition proposal.