DU Defends Title Winning 2020 Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge

University of Denver’s Bow Development team.

On the afternoon of April 28, MBA student teams from the University of Colorado and University of Denver virtually competed in the NAIOP 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge presented by Land Title Guarantee Company – a real world, development competition featuring the Denver International Airport (DEN) site located at 61st Ave. and Peña Blvd. This year’s winning team, for the fourth year in a row, was the University of Denver’s Bow Development for their Conflux project.

Located adjacent to and immediately east of RTD’s 61st and Peña station, the 60-acre site was an ideal project focus for these real estate graduate students. The 16,000 acres of airport land will soon become a series of linked districts known as Denver’s Global Gateway. Each commercial district has been designed with a unique character and relationship to its surroundings, featuring urban amenities, a connection to nature and a commitment to renewable energy and sustainability.

The DU team saw the perfect opportunity to create a tech playground built on smart city technology, ignited through the future of entertainment, & sustained through learning.


Through the growing excitement of the esports market, a gaming arena would provide a much-needed venue for domestic and international competitions in the Denver area.

Proposed Development

Designed to harness the excitement, strength and power of technology, Conflux at 61st and Pena creates a Smart City hub for continued growth and expansion of the surrounding area.

PLAY: Anchored by a state-of-the-art Esports arena, eager kids from across Colorado, the Midwest and the entire nation will flock to watch the best in their favorite games fight it out. This esports arena will harness the projected $2 billion industry and 645 million customer base to establish Denver as a thriving tech city.
LEARN: Conflux Innovation Center will reign in the young minds of Denver kids helping develop creativity and problem-solving skills to build the generation of tomorrow. The 132,000 sf education center will be ingrained in the whole campus, leveraging the built technology and harnessing the arena to teach for the future.
STAY: Gaming enthusiasts, educators, students, businesspeople and travelers alike will all prefer to stay at one of the two newly built Conflux hotels, whether it be for a short trip at our high-end hotel, or a few extra days at our extended stay offering.
WORK: Companies looking to capitalize on the bustling environment at this development will be eager to plant a flag at Conflux at one of the three office buildings being built over the next seven years.

Images courtesy of NAIOP

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