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SCUP's 51st Annual, International Conference | July 9-13, 2016 | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada |

2010 SCUP Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium

Urban Campuses: Leadership for Energy and Sustainability

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
8:00 AM–4:00 PM
Duquesne University
Power Center Ballroom
Pittsburgh, PA (USA)

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a success!
Conference proceedings will be available soon.

Final Program (PDF)


Program Agenda

8:00 AM–8:30 AM
Registration and Coffee

8:30 AM–9:30 AM
Plenary Speaker - Vivian Loftness

Presented by: Vivian Loftness, Professor & Head/School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

Discuss holistic campus planning approach to sustainability, consider renovations, new construction, along with campus planning and operations, and maintenance.  Analyze campus as a learning laboratory.  Trends in sustainable implementation, and the lessons learned.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Analyze and discuss the holistic campus planning approach to sustainability.
  2. Discuss and discover how holistic renovations relate to new construction, along with campus planning and operations, and maintenance. 
  3. Recognize the importance of campus learning laboratory, and best practices used.
  4. Evaluate the trends in sustainable implementation, and the lessons learned.

9:30 AM–11:00 AM
Campus Planning For Sustainability

Presented by: Melissa Bilec, Professor, Co-Director, Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus | Stanley J Kabala, Associate Director, Center for Environmental Research and Education , Duquesne University | Vivian Loftness, Professor & Head/School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University | Stephen Schillo, Vice President, Finance & Administration, SUNY at Fredonia

Current and forward thinking trends in campus planning and programming for sustainable growth and renovation.  Putting the infrastructure in place to support the sustainable campus, new buildings and renovations. Changing the campus mindset.

The focus will be on new sustainable buildings, and how new buildings impact overall campus development, and how this relates to promoting sustainable thinking.  The audience will be engaged to discuss how to ensure and promote university recruitment, along with sustainable renovation and operations. 
Facilities management and the implementation of sustainable practices will be discussed and the long term economic incentives and rewards that come with sustainability.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discuss and evaluate strategies that assist in facilitating an agenda for campus sustainability.
  2. Discover and review integrated planning measures taken towards a balanced infrastructure, landscape and building projects, along with sustainability measures to meet campus planning goals.
  3. Identify established guidelines towards financial planning.
  4. Discuss life cycle costing (LCC), and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), to further sustainability.

Continuing Education Credits:
AIA LU/HSW/SD 1.0 unit (M10M12)

11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Point Park University Dance Studio-Sustainable Studio

Presented by: Martin E. Powell, Principal, Design Alliance Architects | Alan Traugott, Principal, CJL Engineering, Inc.

The design team for the new Performing Arts Classrooms at Point Park University will discuss the process and unique requirements for infill buildings in the urban core.  The team will discuss the planning and sustainable goals that were achieved through this atypical university campus building.  Challenges included incorporating this multi-story building into a tight urban infill site and connecting it on multiple levels with adjacent academic buildings.  The sustainability goals were challenging and unique due to site constraints and programming requirements.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Evaluate the process taken in an urban infill project, within a higher education facility.
  2. Determine the value of sustainable goals, and the design within the urban core.
  3. Recognize sustainable features that have augmented operations and management within an academic facilities environment.
  4. Manage strategies for incorporating sustainable practices in an urban infill building.


Continuing Education Credits:
AIA LU/HSW/SD 1.0 unit (M10M16)

12:00 PM–1:00 PM

1:00 PM–2:00 PM
Sustainable Building Practices

Presented by: Ernie Sota, Sustainable Developer, Sota Development

Topic of discussion will be on present projects that have been developed, under sustainable guidelines; including a micro co-generation plant, residential, and multi-use projects in the Pittsburgh area.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Interpret federal tax credits related to solar photovoltaic energy, and how to utilize these tax credits, under sustainability efforts.
  2. Explain and review how accelerated depreciation and tax credits can make ground coupled water source heat pumps more affordable to developers.
  3. Discuss how to manage federal tax section 179d, and show how it can bring additional funds to projects, especially geared towards architects who design governmental buildings.
  4. Recognize how pv and co-generation using micro turbines work well, together.

Continuing Education Credits:
AIA LU/HSW/SD 1.0 unit (M10M11)

2:00 PM–4:00 PM
Co-generation Plant at Duquesne University

Presented by: George Fecik, Executive Director, Duquense University, Duquesne University

An introduction to the group on the co-generation plant at Duquesne University, and how the idea was conceived and implemented as well as future energy independence aspirations of the University; afterwards a guided tour will be offered as part of the session.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Evaluate electric, heating and cooling requirements to determine if a co-generation (CHP) system is appropriate for your institution, in the reduction of carbon footprint.
  2. Discover the appropriate equipment, along with systems to maximize utilization of all energy from a combined heat and power plant (CHP).
  3. Discuss and review the requirements for interconnection of power to utility grid, in support of sustainable missions on campus.
  4. Review sustainable performance of systems that have been in operation for over 10 years, on one campus.

Continuing Education Credits:
AIA LU/HSW/SD 2.0 units (M10M14)


Member: $90
Nonmember: $100


Advanced Registration (online, mail, and fax registration): May 6, 2010
Cancellation: May 6, 2010

Current Mid-Atlantic Regional Sponsors


Allex Jordan & Associates & University Solar, LLC,,


Turner Construction Company, Major Supporter Image Only


Bovis Lend Lease, Inc.,
Daniel J. Keating Company,
Gilbane Building Company,
Marshall Craft Associates, Inc.,
Michael Graves & Associates, Inc.,
Structure Tone,
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company,
VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.,
W. M. Jordan Company, Inc.,


Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects & Planners,
Clark Nexsen,
Design Collective,
Environetics Design Inc.,
Glavé & Holmes Architecture,
Haley & Aldrich, Inc.,
Hess Construction + Engineering Services,
Hord Coplan Macht,
KSS Architects LLP,
L. Robert Kimball & Associates,
Nalls Architecture, Inc.,
P. Agnes, Inc.,
STV Architects,
WDG Architecture,


BCWH Architects,
BL Companies,
BLT Architects,
Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects,
Grimm + Parker Architects,
Heery International, Inc.,
Mitchell Associates,
Shepley Bulfinch,
Skanska USA Building Inc.,
Spiezle Architectural Group,
Tai Soo Kim Partners,
The Care of Trees,
WTW Architects,

Sponsor list as of May 7, 2010