Associate Vice Chancellor for Real Estate receives respected award at annual CREW dinner in March.
CREW-ST. LOUIS HONORS MEMBER, MARY B. CAMPBELL, AT 14TH ANNUAL NETWORKING AWARDS CEREMONY
Washington University Chancellor of Real Estate receives Woman of Influence honors
St. Louis, MO – March 6, 2019 – The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) honored members at its 14th Annual Networking Awards held on March 5 at The Saint Louis Woman’s Club. In addition to members, CREW-St. Louis presented its fourth annual Woman of Influence Award. The award recognizes a female leader who has impacted the commercial real estate industry through her leadership, accomplishments and service to the St. Louis region.
Monica Adams, Fox 2 News morning traffic anchor and community affairs reporter, served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. The awards revolve around CREW-St. Louis’ mission to advance, educate and support women to influence the commercial real estate industry. Those honored in 2019 were:
Woman of Influence: Mary B. Campbell, Associate Chancellor for Real Estate, Washington University
Campbell had more than two decades of experience in real estate development, finance and management when Washington University enlisted her to run its massive off-campus real estate venture. She accepted the position of assistant vice chancellor of real estate in April 2009.
Since then, she has been responsible for overseeing more than 1,300 units for student housing, one million square feet of administrative and academic space for more than 1,100 employees, and community-based retail.
Her involvement in marquee projects include the Lofts of Washington University in the Delmar Loop. The complex offers both apartments and townhomes, as well as amenity and community space, for university students.
The Lofts project also was designed to serve the community and the vibrant Loop business district. A comprehensive community planning process identified gaps in service, such as a grocery store, so the retail space could address the needs of the adjoining neighborhoods.
She also spearheaded the historic renovation of the former Shriner’s Hospital and Central Institute for the Deaf buildings on the Washington University Medical Center campus to create 177 apartments and hotel units. These projects include an array of amenities, such as a fitness center, music and game rooms, and a commercial kitchen, to serve students on the university’s Medical Campus.
Other off-campus projects include the renovation of the historic Crescent Building in the Cortex Innovation District. This provides affordable lab and office space for biotech start-up companies.
Under her guidance, more than 1,100 apartment units have been renovated over a six-year period, with a total investment exceeding $250 million. These residential projects bring new life to four neighborhoods in the City and University City. All were designed to ensure that they blend in with the area and provide opportunity to spur growth.
Before joining the university, she had already built a remarkable career and legacy in the commercial real estate industry. She spent more than 25 years as a leader in housing and community development in the region. Projects in the region included the acquisition and redevelopment of the University Lofts, a warehouse conversion on Washington Avenue; the acquisition of Cupples Station, a 12-acre site in Downtown St. Louis containing vacant, turn‐of‐the‐century brick warehouses; and the development of new, single family homes in Wellston and the city’s West End neighborhood.