Grant Center for Real Estate
(Left to right) Ralph Byington, Beth Stedman, Robert Salvino, Barbara Ritter, Ed Horton, Lee Jones, Anthony P. Grant, David DeCenzo and Karen Riordan at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics.
The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics now has a permanent headquarters on the first floor of the Wall Building. The ribbon for the new facility was cut by Anthony P. Grant, the founding benefactor of the center, at a ceremony this past fall semester.
During his comments, Grant said the goal of the center is to be recognized worldwide as a leading hub of learning for the real estate profession.
“In three short years, the University has become an academic member of the International Real Estate Federation and a recognized supporter of the International Ethics Standard Coalition,” he said. “CCU students have already visited real estate projects and professional organizations in Rome, Milan, Barcelona, London and Paris.”
Since its inception, the center has also launched the annual Real Estate Awards and created a real estate club open to students and members of the business public.
The center offers a working space and project lab for students in economics, finance, and commercial and investment real estate, as well as students in associated fields, including the GIS certificate program in the anthropology and geography department.
“None of this would have been possible without the Grants, whose donation in 2016 launched the center and has led to the establishment of a physical, permanent location that we are opening today,” said Rob Salvino, CCU business professor and director of the Grant Center.
The center is directly associated with the commercial and investment real estate minor in the Wall College of Business and offers multiple opportunities for both students and professionals in the community, such as technical tours and training workshops.
An eye-catching mural that spans the length of the hallway leading to the entrance of the center appropriately captures the focus of the center in commercial real estate. Inside the center, a prominent photo of the Canary Wharf hangs as a symbolic link to Grant’s real estate career in London, England.