March 22, 2019

NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate And Waterfront Alliance to Present a Special Panel Discussion on Waterfront Design and Development on March 28

Panel of Experts from The Durst Organization, L+M Development, James Corner Field Operations, Sims Municipal Recycling, and Two Trees Management to Share Best Practices in WEDG-Certified Waterfront Design and Development

NEW YORK, March 22, 2019—The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate will present a special panel discussion on certified waterfront design and development on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 8:30-11:00 a.m. The event, titled “Raising the Standard for Waterfront Design and Development,” will be held at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion 60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor.

The event will kick off with remarks and introductions from Sam Chandan, PhD, FRICS, Silverstein Chair of the NYUSPS Schack Institute, and Barry Hersh, AICP, clinical associate professor at the NYUSPS Schack Institute. The panel discussion, moderated by Roland Lewis, president and CEO of Waterfront Alliance, will include Helena Durst, principal, The Durst Organization; Spencer Orkus, managing director, L+M Development Partners; Tom Outerbridge, general manager, Sims Municipal Recycling; Sanjukta Sen, senior associate, James Corner Field Operations; and Marina Trejo, director of development, Two Trees Management.

Four years after launching its first version of the WEDG® (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines), the Waterfront Alliance has released a nationally applicable version of its award-winning program and guidelines. Used by design professionals and planners, government agencies, and community advocates alike, the free program offers a common language that allows users to work together toward the highest standards in waterfront design and development. The panel will discuss and debate the merits of the program and how cities outside of New York can use WEDG to create and advance new waterfront development.

In the New York metropolitan region, WEDG-certified projects include Brooklyn Bridge Park, Domino Sugar, Greenpoint Landing, Hunters Point South, Starlight Park, and Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility. In addition to New York City, the Waterfront Alliance is developing partnerships in Boston and the Camden/Philadelphia region.

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  • Sam Chandan, PhD, FRICS, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development & Investment and Associate Dean, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate


  • Barry Hersh, AICP, Clinical Associate Professor, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate


  • Roland Lewis, President and CEO, Waterfront Alliance (Moderator)
  • Helena Durst, Principal, The Durst Organization
  • Spencer Orkus, Managing Director, L+M Development Partners
  • Tom Outerbridge, General Manager, Sims Municipal Recycling
  • Sanjukta Sen, Senior Associate, James Corner Field Operations
  • Marina Trejo, Director of Development, Two Trees Management

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent members of the New York City real estate community, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that would provide a world-class education for industry professionals. Now, more than 50 years later, the Schack Institute is at the forefront of real estate education and is recognized globally as one of the world’s leading centers of real estate research and pedagogy. Across the Institute’s graduate degree programs—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as a rapidly expanding undergraduate degree program, enrollment has grown to nearly 1,000 full- and part-time students from across the US and nearly 50 other countries. In addition to its flagship degree programs, thousands of working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s executive education, Diploma Programs, and Career Advancement Programs each year.

An anchor of real estate academia’s engagement with industry, the Institute is home to the REIT Center, the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and the newly established Urban Lab. In addition, the Institute hosts national industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and the REIT sector. Under the direction of the Schack Institute’s faculty, ongoing applied research at the Institute spans an exceptional range of issues in real estate development and investment, urban economics, and market structure and regulation. For more information about the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges—each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYUSPS arises from its place as the NYU home for industry-focused education and applied research that is related to key knowledge-based fields, in which the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs that span a broad range of disciplines including: Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film, and TV; Economic and Urban Development; English Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime; Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Management; Humanities; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Business; and Translation.

More than 80 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates nearly 5,400 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by over 18,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Certificates, and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by nearly 25,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit

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