2014 Spring Real Estate Club Field Trip to Los Angeles and Newport Beach
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association
 
Spring blossomed with learning opportunities for the real estate club in California. The group recently
spent three jam-packed days in Los Angeles and Newport Beach on their spring field trip. Thanks to
a multitude of alumni, the club toured nine projects and attended two networking events sponsored
by the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association. The club spent the first night in Los Angeles at the
478 room Sheraton hotel within the BLOC development. The former “Broadway Plaza” property was
recently transformed by the Ratkovich Company. Club Co-President Conor McCahill arranged for a
tour of the nearly 2 million square foot property which features an open air multi-level public plaza
surrounded by retail and office properties. Following the tour Los Angeles alumni welcomed the
students during a reception at El Cholo.
 
  
 Alumni Event at El Cholo, Downtown Los Angeles
  
Thursday’s schedule was brimming with activity. The group began the day at L.A. Center Studios
where alum Jim Curtis (MS 1976) of the Bristol group had arranged a tour of the office industrial
complex converted to film studios by the Bristol Group.
 
  
 LA Center Studios
 
Next, Brian Eisendrath (BBA 2000) of CBRE organized a discussion of industrial, office, apartment
and capital markets at the CBRE office in downtown Los Angeles. Eisendrath followed up the
discussion with a tour of Avant Apartment Development, a 440-unit luxury apartment complex and
mixed use rental property within walking distance of the L.A. Live entertainment district.
 
  
 CBRE Downtown Market Overview
  
 Avant Apartment Development, Downtown Los Angeles
 
The students moved on to tour the Hercules Campus in Playa Vista. Richard Plummer (BBA 1977)
of HFF planned the excursion to the 11 building, 28 acre creative office space development which
prior to renovation was the site where Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose was built. Newport alumni
joined the group at the Newport Brewing Company to cap off the day.
 
  
Hercules Campus: Ratkovich development of creative office space in Playa Vista
 
Jerry Fink (MBA 1990) and Chad Sanderson (MS 2004) of the Bascom Group planned an interesting
start on Friday for the students. They met to tour the 81,600 square foot global headquarters of Fox
Motorsports in Irvine. The building is a redevelopment of an industrial building into a cutting edge
corporate headquarters.
 
  
 Fox Motorsports Global Headquarters, Irvine, CA
 
  
 Triangle Square Retail and Entertainment Complex
 - above and to the left





Alan Carmichael (MS 2004) of Alere Property
Group
led the group on a tour of the Triangle
Square
Retail/Entertainment complex in Costa
Mesa. The 
property showcases the develop-
ment of a failed retail
complex into a successful
entertainment complex.





 
The club then attended a lunch meeting with the real estate group at Pacific Life. To round out the
day, the students were joined by Marc Ley (MS 1987) at the Irvine Company, where they toured
office and retail developments in Newport Center.
 
  
 
 Irvine Company Development and Corporate Overview - Newport
 
The outstanding itinerary is a testimony to the level of alumni commitment to providing UW students
with the highest caliber learning experience. Thanks go out to all alumni who helped to make the
trip a fascinating and exceptional experience for the students who participated.