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Wentworth Construction Management Students Triumph at CoreNet Global Academic Challenge

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The student team of Adyn Roselli, Trey Gring, Aria Manfred, and George Nikolas

Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Construction Management program recently sent a group of students to the CoreNet Global conference, in Denver, Colorado to compete in the Academic Challenge 14 Competition and the group captured first prize. 


These Commercial Real Estate Concentration students were shortlisted during the proposal phase earlier this semester and were one of three finalists to make it to the International Stage (Europe and the Americas) for final presentations and judging. Other finalists in direct competitors were teams from Florida International University and Georgia State University. 


The competition required students to “play the role of an internal corporate real estate team in order to address a real-world issue facing companies around the globe…the changing nature of work and its impact on the function of corporate real estate and the corporate real estate portfolio.” This problem statement seeks to address issues related to remote and hybrid work environments and the impact this has on physical space, access to technology and the future of the built environment. 


The Wentworth student team spent their time at the conference from October 28-30, building out their final strategy, proposal and presentation in real time (incorporating data and information from key industry professionals in attendance), and ultimately showcasing great poise and knowledge of required content during their time in front of the judges.  


The Wentworth student team took home first place and a $5,000 grand prize. Members included CMRE students Adyn Roselli, Trey Gring, Aria Manfred, and George Nikolas. The team was coached by George Conti (VP of Global Real Estate – Iron Mountain), the 2023 Wentworth President’s Award winner for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty. 


This is a great accomplishment for the students, coach and all program faculty members. This team was well prepared through an educational pathway that is embedded in interdisciplinary skills related to construction management, commercial real estate, leadership, business management, and finance.