Columbia National Real Estate Finance continues to recognize the valuable resources provided by Mason’s Libraries. Established in 1939, the company has distinguished itself in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area not only for a broad spectrum of investments, from offices to hotels to assisted living homes but also for its commitment to local pride. Whether renovating historic buildings or supporting local schools, the company aims to help the greatest number of people possible.
When the company had the opportunity to sponsor Mason, they decided to establish the Columbia National Real Estate Finance, LLC Acquisitions Endowment for the Libraries, which funds the acquisition of library research materials in commercial real estate and/or finance. The establishment of the endowment (2006) was timely; within a year, Mason had announced the opening of the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE), an initiative involving three major academic units: the School of Business, the Schar School of Policy and Government, and the Volgenau School of Engineering.
By collaborating with leading real estate developers, professionals, and organizations in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region, the CREE provides graduate students in Mason’s real estate development program with opportunities for professional development and practical experience. As in many of Mason’s interdisciplinary programs, students in the CREE rely on the University Libraries for research support in diverse fields, including civil engineering, finance, public policy, and sustainable development. Thus, the Columbia National endowment supports the company’s focus while contributing to the greater Mason community.