Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2004

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University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD (USA)

SimCollege: Crafting the Educational Environment of the Future

Dear Colleagues:

This year's Mid-Atlantic Conference, SimCollege: Crafting the Educational Environment of the Future, will focus on the experiences of colleges and universities as they have taken steps to craft their educational futures. We see our regional gathering as centered on "planning modules," consisting of your experiences and those of your colleagues, enabling us to see beyond the 10-year master plan to understand the ramifications of strategic planning and decision-making for an endless array of applications.

The program chairs have designed an outstanding program that will touch on a wide variety of the issues facing us in higher education. The conference begins Thursday with two preconference educational workshops. One teaches environmental scanning techniques; the other teaches construction management as a project delivery method. Also, a preconference two-campus walking tour is offered focusing on campus planning and new facilities at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. The day will conclude with the opening reception.

Friday will begin with the opening plenary session at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Keynote speakers have been carefully selected for their ability to prompt invigorating and proactive discussions that we hope will ensue and carry you through your weekend. Concurrent sessions cover a broad array of issues, planning tools, and experiences addressing such topics as: creating strategic advantages, sustainable development, developing research parks, adaptive reuse, student housing, technology integration, instructional outcomes, and municipal/ institutional partnerships.

A second and smaller tour is offered Friday afternoon of a national historic landmark. This tour explores the renovation, restoration, and use of Davidge Hall, the original School of Medicine on the University of Maryland campus. Finally, numerous breaks and receptions have been incorporated into the conference program to facilitate networking and enable the informal exchange of experiences that are often the most valued aspects of SCUP events.

Higher education institutions are not insulated from their surrounding environments nor are they blessed with unlimited resources. Each has had to make choices to move closer to its own future educational environment. This requires strategy, knowledge of interrelationships and cause and effect, and informed decision-making. Please join us in Baltimore this March to meet with your colleagues, share experiences, and expand your knowledge of planning.

Robert E. Nalls
Chair of SCUP's Mid-Atlantic Regional Council


    Ayers/Saint/Gross, Architects + Planners
    Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann
    Cannon Design
    Cho Benn Holback
    Design Collective, Inc.
    Forrester Construction Company
    Gilbane Building Company
    GWWO, Inc. Architects
    Marshall Craft Associates, Inc.
    The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

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