Bob Engstrom to Mark 50 Years as ULI Member

Bob Engstrom

ULI salutes longtime member Bob Engstrom as he approaches 50 years of dedicated service and participation with ULI. He will be attending his 100th consecutive semi-annual meeting in 2013.

Urban Land Institute Leader

Bob was an officer of ULI, and a past Chairman of Education, Membership, and District Council committees and chair of the Residential Council. During 1997-1999, he was chairman of the ULI Inner City Task Force. He is the author of the Urban Land Institute’s publication, The Planning and Design of Townhouses and Condominiums.  At present, Bob is a member of the ULI Sustainability Council, a juror for the 2013 Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, and a member of the ULI Minnesota District Council Executive Committee. He is a ULI Life Trustee.

“Champion of Open Space”

In 2004, Bob Engstrom was named Champion of Open Space by the Embrace Open Space organization, the only developer to receive this recognition. In the June 2004 issue of Urban Land, he was featured in the Community Builders Profile sponsored by the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. He also served as Chairman of the landmark Advisory Services panels for North Lawndale and West Dallas.  In 1987, Bob was the first recipient of ULI’s Robert O’Donnell Award, which is now awarded annually to an outstanding panel participant.

He is a pioneer in the planning and development of townhouse and open space communities, and the developer and builder of Summit Place, a three block urban restoration and new construction neighborhood in the Cathedral Hill Historic District of St. Paul. In 1992, Summit Place received the Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence.  Previous developments include Highpointe, the Woods at Elm Creek and White Oaks of Elm Creek in Champlin; Chatterton Ponds, Deerwood, Wildflower, the Woodlands and Great Oaks in Eagan, and Woodbury Crossing, which includes the Math and Science Academy and Natural Science Charter schools.

A Tradition of Excellence

Bob is currently concentrating development activities on environmentally friendly conservation communities. He is developing or has developed several residential communities in the Twin Cities region including Cloverdale Farm, a 250 acre neighborhood, and The Fields of St. Croix, a 241 acre community that preserves over 50 percent of the site for open space and agriculture. Both are located near Lake Elmo, Minnesota. The Fields of St. Croix was also awarded two Best In American Living Awards at the National Association of Home Builder’s convention. In recognition of the nation’s best new housing designs it received a Gold National Award for Best Community Under 150 Units, and also received the highest National Award for being judged “Best in Region”.

8 comments on “Bob Engstrom to Mark 50 Years as ULI Member

  1. Congratulations, Bob, on an honor well deserved and perfectly matched to such a personable and successful developer. Our memories of being with you and Phyllis over the years are highlighted by your never-ending thoughtfulness and creativity. Your passion for our profession is an inspiration for us all. Thank you or your time, your commitment and most of all, your friendship! Wish we could be there and know you will have a great evening. Thank you!

  2. Nationally recognized as a leader in conservation development, Bob and his firm have won numerous awards for communities that thousands of families now call home. Generous and gracious in sharing his knowledge, talent, experience, creativity and good humor, he is the embodiment of the ULI mission and among the finest of our profession. Thanks, Bob!

  3. When I was a college student at the University of Wisconsin in the Real Estate Program, we came to the Twin Cities on a field trip to learn about career paths in the real estate business. We saw lots of impressive development by all kinds of companies both large and small. Our trip included a visit to meet Bob and see his work in the historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood in St. Paul. On the way home on the bus as we were all talking about what we had seen and who wanted to work at which company, I remember saying to my fellow students, “I want to do what Bob Engstrom is doing!” Ten years later, I found myself working on the very same kind of work in the very same neighborhood with my office only a block away from the place where I met Bob. I will never forget the inspiration that he has provided for me over my career and I am proud to call him my friend. He is so deserving of this recognition. He has made our community better in so many ways and has raised the bar for what it means to be a responsible real estate developer. Thank you, Bob!

  4. Bob has been one of the people I have known my entire career through the ULI. He contributed in may ways to all three editions of my book, Professional Real Estate Development: the ULI Guide to the Business, from 1992 to 2012. He has reluctantly appeared in countless programs I have been involved with – always saying that he does not have much to say, and then being the star of the show. He always tells it like it is, and is completely selfless in his willingness to help and share the secrets of the trade. He cares so deeply about the health of cities, and the people from all backgrounds who live in them. His impact on Minneapolis and his serving as a role-model for every student of real estate is unparalleled. He does indeed represent the very best of the best in the real estate development community!

  5. Hi Bob :

    You ARE the best of the best. It has been a great privilege to know you for the past 35 years. Enjoy your celebration!
    Buzz McCoy

  6. I count myself among the many that have been inspired and blessed by knowing Bob Engstrom. Although real estate and ULI were our connecting points, and bless them for it, Bob encouraged and often prodded us to think beyond land and buildings. It was Bob who taught us the importance of having a noble purpose to our work,. Building better neigborhoods, better cities and better people is the inspiring message that I and many others have learned from Bob Engstrom. Bob, for nearly 50 years, you have been a hero to so many of us at ULI. Bless you and thank you!

  7. Bob has so much credibility. All of these years, he’s established an incredible track record. He does what he says he’s going to do. He has developed high-quality products and is at home with hard-boiled builder types and the environmental community. He has bridged the gap between the two. It take someone like Bob with impeccable credentials to pull that off.

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