Peloton engineers, Jeremy Dennis, P.E. and Tanya Warbritton, P.E., and Landscape Architect, Chelsea Lemons competed in the 2018 Panther Den Urban Design Contest on individual teams, each comprised of seven area young professionals with varied backgrounds. The Panther Den is an annual competition hosted by the Young Leaders of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, in partnership with AIA Fort Worth. Participants must be under the age of 35 and must either be a member of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, AIA Fort Worth, or chosen by a sponsoring company to participate.
When participants register for Panther Den, they are placed on teams based on their professional discipline and software skills. This year’s event kicked off on January 25th with a presentation on the DFW Airport’s Economic Development Strategic Plan. This gave participants the opportunity to meet with their teammates and look over the site package materials for the first time. The challenge was to prepare a site design for a 900-acre tract of land north of DFW Airport in Grapevine, Texas. While the project is not a funded endeavor, this exercise is a way to give young professionals an opportunity to learn about different aspects of the development process from design concept to the financial feasibility of the project. Teams were allowed to meet as much as they wanted before the competition and could use any resources necessary. On the day of the competition, each team had five and a half hours to put together a site plan, a proforma, and a presentation to give to the judges.
Jeremy’s team won first place in the competition. “Our team’s vision for the development site is a theme park style technology park that would attract technology companies from all over the world to use our office space and showcase their latest innovations. We decided to keep the possibilities open to attract a diverse group of companies and include leisure and lifestyle facilities to make the development a destination within itself”, said Jeremy.
In addition to promoting innovative concepts and realizing the potential of the development site, the aim of the Panther Den is for area young professionals to meet and work with peer leaders, learn more about the development process, and get work in front of industry leaders. Peloton Land Solutions is a proud sponsor of the REC of GFW.