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Virtual | Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

March 16-17, 2020

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Click on any session title from the list below to read more details and access the recordings and slideshow.
Session Access: $35 USD per session member / $50 USD per session nonmember

Concurrent Sessions

Building Beyond the Campus: Leveraging Partnerships and Creating Connections

Presented by: Jed Edeler, Principal, ZGF Architects LLP | Joseph Reagan, Northeast Region Executive, Senior Vice President, Wexford Science & Technology, LLC | Owen Cooks, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Planning, University of Pittsburgh

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C235) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: Many universities struggle to meet space demands when they expand their programs near allied institutions. Public-private partnerships can solve this challenge while helping to strengthen industry and institutional partnerships. Universities can leverage public-private partnerships to expand beyond the boundaries of the campus to relieve space constraints as well as facilitate collaboration with allied institutions. Space demands are significant challenges that need to be addressed and this session will show you an alternative approach to alleviating space needs.

Creating Empathy-Driven Design Collaborations with Virtual Reality

Presented by: Amy Eichenberger, Senior Project Manager, University of Virginia | Lauren Shirley, Architect, VMDO Architects | Matthew Trowbridge, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health and Associate Research Director for the, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C465) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: Multiple entities within institutions often have competing values, but virtual reality (VR) simulation can help overcome this challenge by creating an accessible platform for building a collective vision. We will demonstrate how we incorporated VR into stakeholder engagement for the University of Virginia’s Student Health and Wellness Center to address health outcomes, promote student learning, and collaborate with interdisciplinary partners across campus. Encouraging stakeholders to virtually test a space’s impact on health and learning will help you to advance decision-making, leverage diverse expertise, and capture empathy-driven insight to create a more efficient and intelligent design process at your institution.

Decarbonizing Your Campus: Planning for Electrification and Resilience

Presented by: Christopher Lee, Architectural Designer & Sustainability Coordinator, Jacobs/Wyper Architects | David Smith, Director of Energy Services, Burns Engineering, Inc. | Tony Gelber, Director for Administrative Sustainability, Pratt Institute

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C265) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: Institutions are recognizing their climate leadership role and are committing to decarbonization. Planning for infrastructure, campus, and transportation electrification to meet aggressive carbon targets is challenging and requires holistic solutions. This session will discuss transitioning away from fossil fuels for campus heating and transportation and explore new technical, procurement, and phasing strategies to cost-effectively achieve carbon reduction and resiliency goals. As the urgency to achieve significant carbon reductions grows, we will provide you with the strategies, trends, and technologies to underpin successful plans to achieve target levels at your institution.

Delivering on Vision: Princeton’s New Lake Campus

Presented by: Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Associate Director, Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP | Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa, Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP | Ron McCoy, University Architect, Princeton University | Tatiana Choulika, Principal, James Corner Field Operations

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C299) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: Long-term thinking and project implementation are the foundations of campus planning. Princeton is balancing future focus‚planning for 200 years‚with the pressing need to implement initial phases quickly and efficiently. South of its historic campus, Princeton is expanding into land that has been preserved for the past century to build its Lake Campus, a new center for research, discovery, recreation, and student life. Come learn how new methods of planning, design, and implementation can deliver holistic campuses by combining vertical projects with site development in a single, integrated process.

Emerging Credentials Framework: Define & Measure Non-degree Credentials Quality

Presented by: Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director, Rutgers, Education and Employment Research Center | Heather McKay, Director, Rutgers, Education and Employment Research Center

Abstract: Non-degree credentials are becoming increasingly common, emerging in response to the need for on-going skills development as part of the rapidly changing economy. This session will discuss a conceptual framework for defining and measuring non-degree credential quality as well as policy and practice. Come and explore how you might integrate non-degree credentials‚ certificates, certifications, licensure, apprenticeship, and badges‚ into traditional degree programs at your institution and award academic credit for these credentials.

Fairleigh Dickinson University: Transformation through Ecological Planning

Presented by: Tavis Dockwiller, Principal, Viridian Landscape Studio | Heidi Fichtenbaum, Senior Project Manager, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C175) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: This session will deliver a methodology for rethinking campus culture and infrastructure to meet climate change challenges. We will share techniques for shifting traditional campuses to educational institutions that safeguard the planet and its people. The largest private New Jersey university is transforming its campus into a river eco-park that improves human and planetary health, delivers resiliency, fuels admissions, and drives student, faculty, and staff retention. You will learn how to build an eco-friendly community by identifying champions across your campus to incrementally build on small successes to achieve big visions.

How a Substation Project Enabled a New Academic Research Building at Penn

Presented by: Catherine Broh, Partner, MGA Partners | Mark Kocent, University Architect, University of Pennsylvania | Maria O’Callaghan-Cassidy, Senior Director, Operations, The Wharton School

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C476) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: With limited financial resources and space constraints, effective use of valuable campus real estate is imperative. Building projects serve more than academic missions on tight urban campuses and campus infrastructure needs must synthesize with academic needs. This session will explore how the University of Pennsylvania is achieving new student learning and research spaces within an infrastructure project. We will share successful innovative business school student learning spaces, operational technologies, and phasing approaches that you can apply to your campus projects.

Make No Little Plans: Multi-Scale Transformative Planning Implementation

Presented by: Cooper Melton, Associate Principal, Ayers Saint Gross | Terence McCann, Director of Planning, Energy & Sustainability, Towson University | Eric Zahn, Senior Associate, Ayers Saint Gross

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C382) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: An institution’s success is intrinsically linked to that of its students. High-quality living/learning spaces play a critical role in supporting student achievement, building campus community, and bolstering recruitment and retention. Master plans are more than a campus-wide tool, and with thoughtful planning and execution, institutions can craft a vision tailored to student needs related to housing, dining, and the co-curricular student experience. Using concrete examples, this session will illustrate how student experience-driven planning and creative implementation strategies can bolster student success while using institutional resources more effectively.

Master Planning Engagement Strategies: Underserved & Underrepresented Students

Presented by: James Kolker, University Architect/Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Washington University in St. Louis | Christiana Moss, Principal, Studio Ma

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C204) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: Underserved and underrepresented students form a large and rapidly growing portion of student bodies, but current planning practices do not address their needs. This session will help you create meaningful change at your institution to accommodate these students by exploring new practices for social equity in campus planning and building design. Come learn about new engagement and assessment tools that can reveal and remedy disparities that students encounter and use them on your campus to deliver a better experience for marginalized students.

Mid-century Make-over: Creating a 21st Century Learning Center and Student Hub

Presented by: Richard Gluckman, FAIA, Founding Partner, Gluckman Tang | Nancy Trainer, FAIA, University Architect and Associate Vice President for Facilities, Drexel University | Thomas Amoroso, PLA, ASLA, Principal, Andropogon

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C412) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: Addressing current student expectations on campuses with mid-century buildings and a tight budget requires collaboration between the client and design team as well as creative placemaking solutions. As part of repositioning for the 21st century, Drexel University renovated the Korman Center, a 1950s library, and the academic quad to serve as a 24/7 student hub and interdisciplinary academic study center that encourages student collaboration. You will learn how to develop practical, sustainable, and design-forward solutions for updating mid-century buildings and spaces that will attract and retain a diverse student population.

Planning with Athletics: Balancing Program Demand with Campus Mission & Culture

Presented by: Christopher Sgarzi, Prinicpal, Sasaki | Erin McDermott, Director of Athletics, University of Chicago | Matt Robinson, President of Faculty Senate, University of Delaware | Joe Sterrett, Dean of Athletics, Lehigh University

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C454) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: On many campuses, athletics programs continue to isolate student athletes and create exclusivity of facility use. This can create resentment and division on campus and diminish support from the broader campus community. Athletics’ growth and demand for dedicated facilities can challenge institutional principles, but through strategic alliances and planning, you can maximize benefits for your campus community, increase efficiencies, and better engage student athletes. This session will help you find solutions that benefit your entire campus community and reinforce your institutional mission through understanding the issues facing athletics and identifying new strategic associations.

Sustainability and Resiliency: The Rider University Energy Master Plan

Presented by: John Wright, Associate Principal, Spiezle Architectural Group | Michael Reca, Vice President for Facilities and University Operations, Rider University | Melissa Greenberg, Sustainability Manager, Rider University | Kim Shinn, Principal, TLC Engineering Solutions | Frank Sherman, Principal, Ecotone Design

Continuing Education Credits: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C201) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Abstract: In the face of climate change, aging utility infrastructures, and emerging energy technologies, campuses must be prepared to undergo dynamic change to support the institution’s needs. This session will discuss Rider University’s energy master plan, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through integrating facility management and future campus development as well as incorporating energy conservation and generation options. We will demonstrate how you can assess your present facility conditions and corresponding energy consumption and develop a plan to achieve energy independence and carbon neutrality on your campus.


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We have been closely monitoring and evaluating the COVID-19 situation to ensure we are first and foremost ensuring the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community. We have begun to hear that many of you are being called upon at your campuses to help manage preparations and precautions implemented by banning non-essential travel. As a result, we have made the difficult but important decision to cancel our face-to-face conference in New Brunswick and instead bring it to you virtually!

Introducing: The SCUP Mid-Atlantic Regional Virtual Conference 

We have turned this year’s SCUP Mid-Atlantic Conference into a virtual event (exclusively online) available live and on-demand. 

How it works. The virtual conference will follow the schedule as posted. Each session will have its own “Virtual Meeting Room” where you can attend the session just like you would have in person. There will be a SCUP staff on hand to serve as the moderator for the session and allow you to post questions in real time. It’s just like a face-to-face conference session, just virtual!

BONUS! As a registered attendee for the conference, you will receive access to the recordings of ALL sessions. It’s more opportunities to share the content with your team!

Conference Theme

SCUP is teaming up with Rutgers University for the SCUP 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: Realizing the Vision. Join 400+ leaders in higher education planning to experience a diverse array of sessions—from timely keynotes to presentations focusing on unique case studies—addressing critical issues facing higher education planning across the Mid–Atlantic region.

The conference program will focus on five content tracks:

  • The Future of Higher Education
  • Campus Planning
  • Technology and Data
  • Sustainability, Resiliency, and Risk Management
  • Students and Spaces

Session formats include expert lectures and panel presentations.

Come learn, share, and walk away with new connections and tools that will help you face challenges at your institution!

Questions? Contact registration@scup.org


Featured Speakers

Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Operations and Chief Operating OfficerRutgers University
Reed Guscoria Presenter at SCUP's conference
Mayor of Trenton
PresidentNew Brunswick Development Corp.
Founder and Senior PartnerRobert A.M. Stern Architects
Jianping Wang Presenters at SCUP's conference
PresidentMercer County College
Professor of Architectural History, Art History DepartmentRutgers University