Planning, Development and Preservation

Alumni Projects

In May 2012, the Clemson Alumni Association received an anonymous donation on behalf of the MRED program and the Class of 2012.  As a thank you, the Alumni Association donated several Clemson flags to the program and a new tradition was born for MRED alumni.  Beginning in May 2012, Clemson MRED alumni began using the Clemson flags to highlight their success and accomplishments within the real estate industry by taking a picture of their projects with the Clemson flag.  These developments not only have an impact on the surrounding communities, but it illustrates the impact an MRED and Clemson degree can have on your future. 

Below you will find the first photograph taken by MRED graduates who are proud to share their accomplishments with alumni and students and display their appreciation for the MRED program.


LutherPittsburgh, PA – Sean Luther, MRED ’06, has been recognized as a 2014 Pittsburgh Business Times Energy Leader in the "Rising Star" category by the Green Building Alliance. Click here to read more about Sean's nomination for the award and his work with the Pittsburgh 2030 District. Sean wore his Clemson tiger paw pin for the occasion.






RivendellWhitehouse, Jamaica – Rivendell is a private vacation villa located along Jamaica’s undiscovered Southwest coast. Charles Rulick, MRED ’07, provided master planning, construction and investment advisory services to the owner. The site is made up of seven ocean front parcels and provides direct access to the Caribbean Sea with private beaches and docks for swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, sailing and snorkeling. The area is surrounded by a coral reef, making the water crystal clear with hues of blue and turquoise in all directions. The main house is a sprawling open-air five suite luxury villa perched at the edge of the sea. The site also provides a private beach and dock, secured gated access, pools, jacuzzis, formal gardens, fruit tree groves, living space for on-site staff, helicopter landing space and tennis. Family ownership of adjacent parcels will expand the capacity of this property to serve guests; planning is now underway for the development of these adjacent parcels. This photo was taken at the property during a site visit to Jamaica (2012). Pictured: Charles Rulick, MRED ’07 (center) with clients.

View additional photos of Rivdenell by Jim Winslet.


White OakVirginia – White Oak Village is a retail shopping center located in Richmond, Virginia; the property is a brownfield redevelopment, an EPA Success Story, and public/private partnership. Charles Rulick, MRED ’07, worked as Development Associate for Forest City Enterprises with the team that led the development, leasing and construction. The project was completed in 2008. 



Type: Retail - Hybrid Power Center/Lifestyle CenterSize: 900,000 SF, 13 outparcels
Major Anchors: Target, JCPenny, Lowe’s, Ukrop’s, Sam’s Club
Junior Anchors: Michael's, PetSmart, Office Max

Link to additional photos of White Oak Village by Charles Rulick.


Alpheus Truett ProjectTennessee – The Alpheus Truett Place is a private residence listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1846 and later served as the Union Army command post during the Civil War's Battle of Franklin; the property is now home to prominent Christian rock musician TobyMac. The land surrounding the house presents a known opportunity for infill development and will likely become a mixed-use village in the future. Charles Rulick, MRED ’07, has been an advisor to this family since 2003 and completed the project while pursing his degree in the MRED program.

This photo was taken at the property during a gathering of MRED alum in Nashville (2012). Pictured here from left: Charles Rulick, MRED ’07, Laura Haselden, MRED ’08, Scott Puffer, MRED ’08, Jill Puffer, Derek Lisle, MRED ’08.

Link here to the history of the property and current ownership.


Canal StreetLouisiana – Located in downtown New Orleans on the edge of the French Quarter, the building at 600 Canal St. was the first high-rise in downtown New Orleans. Built in 1889, the 7 story building boasted steel girders, iron reinforced columns and a steam elevator. Originally known as the Morris Building, the property had a bank tenant on the first floor with multiple companies leasing office space above. The building originally had decorative bay windows, an ornate cornice at the top and a second floor balcony that covered the sidewalk up to the street edge. 

Woodward Design Build will be providing development oversight, architectural design, structural engineering and be the general contractor on the project converting this 7-story building and the two adjacent buildings into a mixed use development with retail on the first floor, possibly a restaurant tenant utilizing the balcony on the second floor, and 5 stories of multifamily above, between 30 and 40 units. Federal and State Historic Tax Credits will be utilized as well as façade improvement funds from the local municipalities and traditional bank financing. Total project costs of $15 million and scheduled to open in early 2014. Darren Pellegrin, MRED ’12, started with Woodward Design Build in May 2012.  


HavenMaryland – The Haven at Odenton Gateway is a 252-unit apartment community in Odenton, MD. Roddey Jordan, MRED ’12 and Dan Rountree, MRED ’10, were two of many Johnson Development Associates team members involved in the project.

The first units delivered in April 2012 and the project has been recognized as the first in the state of Maryland to achieve National Green Building Standard Silver-level certification.