Press Releases

September 18, 2018

Balke Brown Transwestern is pleased to announce its agreement with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s University Park to market and develop its 330-acre land on the University’s Campus. Over the past 35+ years, Balke Brown Transwestern has become synonymous with high-quality developments and professional brokerage in the St. Louis / Southwestern Illinois markets. Leveraging their reputation in the commercial real estate industry, Balke Brown Transwestern has begun exclusively providing real estate consulting and development services to SIUE’s University Park. Edwardsville, IL is one of the 50 Safest College Towns in America (SafeWise), one of the best places to live (CNN Money), and one of the greatest cities to raise kids (Family Circle).


Balke Brown Transwestern, in cooperation with SIUE’s University Park, will bring national and regional companies to the campus to construct commercial office, research and development, and technology centers. The goal is to provide these companies access to the best and brightest upcoming workforce and to provide students with real opportunities to work with/for top tier companies. In addition to the commercial opportunities, there will be residential and retail opportunities in support of existing and new developments. The vision is to create a work, live, play environment for business/student collaboration.

This project is led by Mike Hurley (Vice President) and Mike Holland (Associate).

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University Park at SIUE is a 330-acre technology park located on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). The Park offers business and industry an ideal suburban location on a thriving university campus. Tenants are close to valuable human resources, including a capable base of student interns, a highly skilled pool of potential employees and faculty researchers. Tenants have access to:

  • Suburban location just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (30 minutes from University Park)
  • St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto (20 minutes from University Park)
  • Fully-improved sites with street lighting, entry signage, landscaping and buried utilities to lot line
  • Powerful redundant fiber-optic telecommunications infrastructure
  • Long-term ground leases, allowing tenants to retain more capital for core businesses
  • Enterprise Zone (sales tax incentive)
  • Lot sizes range from 1-50 acres, lot size determined on an individual basis to best suit client needs
  • Access to major regional interstates, including I-255, 55, 270, 70 and 64
  • The state's best K-12 school districts, superior community colleges and a premier Metropolitan University


Balke Brown Transwestern is an employee owned full-service commercial real estate company.  Founded in 1979, we have dedicated ourselves to creating value through commercial real estate brokerage, investment, property management and development services for our clients, investor partners and local communities.  As a market leader in brokerage and management services, we provide expertise in office, industrial, medical, retail and multi-family properties.  Balke Brown Transwestern currently manages 37 properties containing 4.2 million square feet and has developed 60 projects containing 6.8 million square feet.  For more information, please visit


Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service – the Transwestern Experience. Specializing in Agency Leasing, Tenant Advisory, Capital Markets, Asset Services and Research, our fully integrated global enterprise adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. We leverage market insights and operational expertise from members of the Transwestern family of companies specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. Based in Houston, Transwestern has 35 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 211 offices in 36 countries as part of a strategic alliance with BNP Paribas Real Estate. Experience Extraordinary at and @Transwestern.

Media Contact:

Stefanie Lewis