2017 Annual AUREO Conference



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The University of Washington and the AUREO Executive Committee are thrilled to host the 2017 Annual AUREO Conference in Seattle, Washington, USA.  The conference is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers and to learn from experienced presenters about relevant topics, including trends, issues, and best practices.  We believe that the AUREO Conference is the best in-depth real estate conference directly addressing the specific needs of universities and colleges.

We are planning a great program, complemented by a special event banquet plus tours of the Seattle Campus of the University of Washington, the original site of UW in downtown Seattle known as the Metropolitan Tract, and the UW Campus in Tacoma.

September is a perfect time to visit Seattle. If you plan to extend your stay in the area, check out the information on Visit Seattle for some sightseeing ideas.

We hope you will join us for AUREO 2017 - September 17-20, 2017!

AUREO Conference Venues and Events


Fairmont Olympic Hotel (Conference Headquarters, Sept 16-20, 2017)   
On November 4, 1861, the Territorial University of Washington began classes in a building located on a site now occupied by the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  The University was on the outskirts of the village of Seattle, which had a population of 250.  The original 10-acre property deeded to the University eventually became known as the Metropolitan Tract. The hotel opened in 1924 and has been acclaimed for its beauty and grandeur ever since.

Golfing at Chambers Bay Golf Course (Saturday optional activity)
Chambers Bay is a public golf course on Puget Sound, southwest of Tacoma, WA. The British links-style course is owned by Pierce County and opened for play on June 23, 2007. The course hosted the 2015 U.S. Open. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  The 250-acre course is the centerpiece of a 930-acre county park. Pierce County bought the land for $33 million in 1992; the property was formerly a sand-and-gravel quarry.

University of Washington Football Game (Saturday optional activity)
Learn more about Husky Stadium, stadium history, and Husky Athletics.

Metropolitan Tract Tour (Sunday optional activity)
Since 1861, University of Washington has owned this property in downtown Seattle, the site of the original University campus. By the early 1890’s, as the city grew, a new campus location was needed.  Legislative acts in 1891 and 1893 authorized the Board of Regents to sell the property to the highest bidder, and proceeds were to be used to make improvements at the new campus. However, with depressed economic times, the sale stalled. The Regents soon realized that it would be more valuable to lease instead of sell the old campus. It remains in UW ownership today. Link to more Metropolitan Tract history.

UW Seattle Campus Tour (Monday)
The UW is a multi-campus university in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell, as well as an excellent academic medical center. UW has 16 colleges and schools and offers 1,800 undergraduate courses each quarter.  The tour will cover the heart of campus where buildings date back to the 1890’s, through the beautiful “Quad” and also more recently developed areas including Husky Stadium.

Intellectual House (part of Monday’s Seattle Campus Tour)
Intellectual House is a longhouse-style 8,400 SF building on the UW Seattle campus. It provides a multi-service learning and gathering space for American Indian and Alaska Native students, faculty and staff, as well as others from various cultures and communities to come together in a welcoming environment to share knowledge. Intellectual House officially opened on March 12, 2015. Phase One Construction Archives, Milestones and Architectural Renderings.    

Seattle Aquarium (Tuesday evening)
The Seattle Aquarium is the ninth largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and among the top five paid visitor attractions in the Puget Sound region. The Seattle Aquarium is the centerpiece and cultural anchor of Seattle’s central waterfront and, as the plans for a new civic waterfront park develop, so are the plans for Aquarium expansion.

UW Tacoma (Wednesday optional activity)
Since opening in 1997, the urban campus serving University of Washington Tacoma has catalyzed the economic and cultural resurgence of downtown Tacoma. Home to 5000 students, 64% of whom are first generation college students, the 46-acre campus footprint overlooks the Tacoma waterfront and Mt. Rainier. It includes over a dozen turn-of-the-century heritage buildings that have been transformed into truly unique academic and retail space. Tour participants will have the opportunity to visit the Prairie Line Trail, an award-winning rails-to-trail project that crosses the heart of campus, and learn about the critical role that the 70,000 SF campus real estate portfolio plays in meeting campus auxiliary service needs, funding capital projects, and ensuring that the UW Tacoma campus is integrated closely with the surrounding community.

Bullitt Center Tour (Wednesday optional activity)
The Bullitt Center was designed to show what’s possible today, changing the way people think about high performance green building. While the building includes many innovations, in reality every feature of the building is being used elsewhere in the world. As Denis Hayes says, “our chief innovation is that we brought all these ideas together in one place at the same time” – net zero energy and water, composting toilets, toxic-free materials, FSC wood, and more. Tours are led by volunteer docents from the Center for Integrative Design, a collaborative between the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab and the Bullitt Foundation.