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Real Estate: Fresno State students participate in community design project

Fresno State students are putting their real estate development and design skills to the test in a project that could help a local community agency develop plans to renovate its buildings.

About 30 students from the Lyles College of Engineering, the Craig School of Business, and the Department of Art and Design will participate in the second annual Community Facility Challenge. The project, organized by Fresno State and the Northern California Community Loan Fund, will begin on Wednesday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Smittcamp Alumni House.

In the challenge, students will split up into teams and create a real estate plan – including a financial analysis, preliminary design concept, engineering review, and construction schedule – for the Poverello House, a homeless social service agency in Fresno.

The agency is exploring the idea of renovating its existing buildings.

“This challenge encourages students to become involved with their local community,” says Mary A. Rogier, president of the loan fund.

The Poverello House will get an analysis of what a renovation project would cost or look like while the students will get a “real world” experience in development, organizers said.

The teams will present their plans along with a written proposal on April 24.

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