Conference Schedule

Pre-Meeting: May 1

May 1

The Portlandia Express: Portland Mobile Tour

ULI Northwest offers a full-day tour of Portland and travel by Amtrak Cascade train into Seattle before the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting begins.

Monday, May 1, 2017 07:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required

Pre-Meeting: May 2

May 2

Living with Water: Legacy, Megaprojects, Prospects

Water defines so much of Seattle’s character and pattern of development. Climb into a kayak and paddle your way through an exciting mix of history, transformative megaprojects, and innovative solutions to living with water.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 07:30 AM – 4:00 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 2

Tacoma: City of Destiny

Explore the varied facets of the “City of Destiny” by learning how Tacoma is balancing development with historic preservation to best connect people to its unique identity.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 08:00 AM – 4:30 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 2

Eastside Story: Microsoft, Spring District, and Downtown Bellevue

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A short drive across the lake from Seattle is the booming “Eastside,” where Redmond and Bellevue have grown from bedroom communities into cities in their own right. Our tour will start with Microsoft’s global headquarters, home to some 40,000 employees and where participants will experience the Microsoft Envisioning Center, previewing ways that technology will be embedded in our homes and offices.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 08:00 AM – 4:30 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 2

The Way We Work: Urban Campuses + South Lake Union Story

Seattle’s current growth boom is reminiscent of the Alaskan gold rush days. Now, it’s the organic growth of local firms, the opening and expansion of global tech leaders, and corporate headquarters returning from suburban environments to their downtown roots.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 08:15 AM – 4:30 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 2

Transit + Housing Innovation = Remaking Neighborhoods

Retrace Seattle's legacy of streetcar suburbs on this modern light rail and streetcar-oriented tour of vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. Get in the mix where new transit options leverage residential choices, addressing explosive growth, economic, and social shifts.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 08:15 AM – 4:30 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 2

Island Time: Bainbridge by Ferry

Enjoy a leisurely ferry ride from downtown Seattle to explore Bainbridge Island. Tour the Bainbridge Art Museum, powered by geothermal and solar, and stroll through Winslow and learn about the redesigned streetscape built to enhance the island’s main street vitality.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 09:30 AM – 5:00 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 2

Pioneer Square: Still a Work in Progress

Pioneer Square offers a rich layering of history, innovation, and reinvention, weaving Native American culture with architectural heritage, legacy, and new global commerce into a robust cultural scene that also hosts professional sports and the community’s social services.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 2

Continuity and Change: Seattle’s Capitol Hill Story

Known for its diversity and active street scene, Capitol Hill is one of Seattle’s destination neighborhoods. “The Hill” offers breweries and bars, some of the best coffee roasters in the city, and interesting local shops.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 01:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required

Day 1: May 3

May 3

Pike Place Market and the Waterfront: Reinvesting in Connections

On this walking tour, see and experience several projects underway and nearing completion, including Pike Place Market’s newly completed MarketFront development.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 07:30 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 3

The Vision of Century 21: From Space Needle to Gates Foundation

This tour will close to registrants on April 12 and we will not be keeping a wait-list.

In the heart of an increasingly dense urban core, the Space Needle on Seattle Center’s 74-acre campus is the region’s top visitor destination and neighbor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Seattle headquarters, where initiatives with global impact begin.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 07:30 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 3

Urban Green: Dollars and Sense

As sustainable building techniques become standard practices, Seattle’s leadership continues with green technologies that make both dollars and sense. This tour features two of the city’s best and brightest examples: a cutting-edge energy-sharing project and the greenest commercial building on the planet.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 07:45 AM – 12:00 PM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 3

A Three-Hour Tour: Cruise the Harbor, Locks, and Alaska’s Fishing Fleet

Join this exclusive tour and get an up-close waterside view of the Port of Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, home to the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, including many vessels of Deadliest Catch fame.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 08:00 AM – 11:30 AM Tours
Separate Ticket Required
May 3

Fireside Chat with Alaska Airlines CEO Bradley Tilden

Join us as William Ferguson sits down with Alaska Airlines CEO Bradley Tilden to discuss his thoughts on the keys to successful leadership, building a successful company, and meeting customers’ expectations.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM General Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

The Future Is Now: Real Estate Investment Opportunities in the Digitally Connected “Smart Cities” of Today and Tomorrow

Join us as we provide a stimulating overview of the economic opportunities, including real estate investment, presented by smart cities now and in the near future.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Corporate Relocations: Suburbia’s Loss Is Downtown’s Gain

Major corporate relocations to highly urbanized environments have been occurring on an unprecedented scale. Join us for a panel discussion that delves deeper into the real deal. How did these companies make the decision to go “all in” on urban? What factors did they consider?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

The Housing Paradox: Why Can’t We Build Enough Housing to Match Job Growth?

Why is it that many of the cities with the fastest-growing economies, including San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Seattle, New York City, and Austin, suffer from a growing imbalance between job growth and housing supply…

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Changing Faces, Changing Places: Small-Scale Adaptive Re-Use

Join us to learn how small-scale developers are leading the charge with outstanding adaptive re-use projects. Learn how the deals are put together from the wet stack to the capital stack.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Making It at City Hall

Directed toward beginners and veterans alike, this lively session will outline a commonsense approach—and a winning strategy—to successful rezoning.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Learning in Real Time: Experts Share Their Forecasts for Real Estate in ’17, ’18, and ’19

The semiannual ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast, a survey of leading industry experts, was just released. Where will the real estate industry be at the end of 2017? Will 2017 be a turning point for the industry—or will it be 2018?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 03:30 PM – 4:30 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Master-Planned Community Dynamics: Urban Infill vs. Greenfield Approaches

Explore the new dynamics of successful master-planned development in contrasting urban infill and greenfield communities. You won’t want to miss this discussion of the latest thinking on MPC land acquisition, entitlement, infrastructure, amenities, and capitalization.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 03:30 PM – 4:30 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Yes, We Cannabis: How the Growing Marijuana Sector Creates Opportunity for Real Estate

Hear from industry investors, operators and legal experts on the state of the commercialized cannabis business and opportunities being created in the sector.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 03:30 PM – 4:30 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Creative Disruption or Retail Apocalypse . . . Tectonic Changes to the Retail Landscape

This panel will provide insights into major shifts in the retail industry and trends that are fueling its transformation. Come hear about new and exciting ideas in retail design, technology, and amenities emerging in this changing retail landscape.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 03:30 PM – 4:30 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

The Amazon Real Estate Story

Learn about 100 years of history that made it possible for Amazon to create an urban campus that has transformed the office market, including accidents, vision, and chance, along with very high-level strategic planning by the players involved, including Clise Properties and Vulcan.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 03:30 PM – 4:30 PM Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Economic and Political View from Washington: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration

Join us for an analysis of the first 100 days, a discussion of what is expected next, and how this will influence real estate and land use.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 05:00 PM – 6:00 PM General Session
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Wine and Cheese Reception

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 06:00 PM – 7:00 PM Networking
Open to All Attendees
May 3

Product Council Dinners

For Product Council Members

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 06:00 PM – 9:00 PM Product Councils
By Invitation Only
May 3

Shops and Hops—A Night Out on Capitol Hill

Seattle’s Young Leaders Group presents a night out in Seattle’s densest and liveliest neighborhood, Capitol Hill. Explore Capitol Hill's Night Market, Auto Row, and view award-winning architecture.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 06:30 PM – 8:00 PM Tours
Open to All Attendees

Day 2: May 4

May 4

Product Council Day

For Product Council Members

Full-day meetings of ULI Product Councils.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 07:30 AM – 4:00 PM See Council Agenda Product Councils
By Invitation Only
May 4

I Love the ’80s: Updating Nonhistoric Vintage Buildings for 2017’s Office Tenants

Off-Site Session

Learn from industry veterans in development, architecture, and other real estate sectors about the best approaches to modernizing existing office buildings for today’s discerning tenants.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 09:00 AM – 10:15 AM 8th + Olive Concurrent Session
Off-Site Concurrent
Separate Ticket Required
May 4

Capital Markets: Late Innings? Or Middle of a Doubleheader?

Listen to a team of experts address issues in our capital markets that can affect your business.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 09:00 AM – 10:15 AM Concurrent Session
Mini-Plenary
Open to All Attendees
May 4

The First 100 Days: Real Estate and Public Investment Implications

Attend this session to hear a follow up on Wednesday’s “First 100 Days” general session, get the perspectives of a domestic investor, a foreign investor, and a public sector professional.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Concurrent Session
Mini-Plenary
Open to All Attendees
May 4

The Silicon Valley of Saving the World

Off-Site Session

Find out how an urban global health campus produces ground-breaking innovations with global and local impact through key players like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and the Center for Infectious Disease Research.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Seattle Children's Research Institute Concurrent Session
Off-Site Concurrent
Separate Ticket Required
May 4

Transformation of the Waterfront and the Renovated Pike Place Market

Off-Site Session

This session will explore how a new vision for Seattle’s waterfront spawned diverse partnerships that are reknitting the city’s landscape to create a great public place.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 01:15 PM – 2:30 PM Hard Rock Café Seattle Concurrent Session
Off-Site Concurrent
Separate Ticket Required
May 4

Leading through Philanthropy

Come hear an influential philanthropic leader share an inspiring story of leadership and philanthropy that is driving change in the world.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 01:15 PM – 2:30 PM Concurrent Session
Mini-Plenary
Open to All Attendees
May 4

Discover the Future: Learn about Emerging Technologies Transforming the Real Estate Industry

Join a dynamic discussion with thought leaders as they explore the transformative impact and opportunity that technology will have in the next decade.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 03:00 PM – 4:15 PM Concurrent Session
Mini-Plenary
Open to All Attendees
May 4

Keynote with Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Daniel James Brown will share the remarkable story from his New York Times bestselling book, The Boys in The Boat, and the lessons of resilience, beating the odds, and finding hope in the most desperate of times.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 04:30 PM – 5:30 PM General Session
Open to All Attendees
May 4

Cocktail Reception

Join your peers at the new Amazon headquarters – Doppler.  This state-of-the-art building will provide a unique backdrop for you to catch up with colleagues and share lessons learned at the meeting…

Thursday, May 4, 2017 06:00 PM – 7:30 PM Doppler, Amazon's Corporate Headquarters Networking
Open to All Attendees
May 4

Pioneer Square Art Walk & Pub Crawl

Join Seattle’s Young Leaders Group in a self-guided tour and pub crawl in the rapidly changing Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 07:00 PM – 9:30 PM Tours
Open to All Attendees