2010 SCUP Southern Metro Mini

Doing More With Less - A Reality of the Times

Thursday, May 13, 2010
9:00 AM–3:30 PM
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Heritage Hall, Ground Floor
Birmingham, AL (USA)

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a success!
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Higher education is facing very challenging times. The usual resources for programs, faculty, and facilities are not necessarily guaranteed as they have been in the past, due to the recession and dwindling income.   We are asked to serve more students per classroom with fewer faculty and maintenance staff as operating budgets experience reductions. Institutions are being required to plan for circumstances that are less predictable both economically and environmentally. 

Join us on the beautiful University of Alabama at Birmingham campus at Heritage Hall as we discuss:

  • Planning to sustain the great recession: what colleges and universities are doing to thrive through challenging economic times.
  • How do campuses better interface with their surrounding towns and cities?
  • Learn about enrollment enhancements, creative funding sources, sustainability initiatives, and town-gown opportunities.

We will hear from the leadership of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University, Birmingham-Southern College, and the International Town and Gown Association as they discuss how their institutions and organizations are dealing with the reality of the times. Following the conference, there will be an optional brief tour of some of the recent significant projects on the campus.

Program Agenda

9:00 AM–9:45 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:45 AM–10:00 AM
Opening Remarks

Presented by: Lily Berrios, Principal and President, Sizemore Group, LLC

10:00 AM–11:00 AM
University of Alabama at Birmingham - University as Developer

Presented by: Richard Berliner, Real Estate Officer, University of Alabama at Birmingham | Sheila M. Chaffin, Executive Director, Campus Planning, University of Alabama at Birmingham | Robert Kimberly, Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB is the State of Alabama's largest employer and ranks in top NIH funding levels for Medical Research and cut-edge medical practice.  UAB has grown during the past 4 decades from an initial continuing education out-post of the UA Tuscaloosa campus to its current 83 City Blocks with 12.5 million gross square feet.  It is a leader in the City of Birmingham planning processes because of its potential for positive or negative land use and real estate effects within its adjacent ownerships.  The panel will trace the master planning and build-out of the campus, show current trends and future projections, and describe its unique competitive placement within medical research and practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Knowledge of the competitive process for grant funding procurement and the role facilities play in obtaining funding.
  2. Understanding the role a major medical research university/facility can play in creating a robust urban environment.
  3. Recognition of the interactive role the University and City play in real estate development both on-campus and off.
  4. Insight into current trends and future projections for real estate development on-campus and off and alternatives for capital financing.

Continuing Education Credits:
AIA LU 1.0 unit (S10M20)

11:00 AM–11:15 AM

11:15 AM–12:15 PM
Birmingham-Southern College - A Private Liberal Arts College Demanding Excellence and Getting It

Presented by: David Pollick, President, Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham Southern College is becoming more beautiful each year under the watchful leadership of an energetic President and dedicated Board of Trustees.  In recent years it has created an Arts Quad, Campus Green, Recreation Center, Fraternity Row, closed city streets to create green space, and become the region's cutting edge leader in environmentally sustainability.  New students are increasingly more academically prepared, and place higher on achievement tests, through deliberate outreach of the administration and faculty, and success stories from this small private college will be explored.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Evaluate private liberal arts college, within the southern region, one facilities role within higher education.
  2. Strategies used by administration and trustees in fund-raising, along with explaining the steps taken towards the implementation and development of a sustainable environment.
  3. Discover sustainability leadership and the collaboration between students and faculty.
  4. Recognize the importance of academic roles, and how to manage the integration of service learning, student affairs programs play in improving enrollment during a challenging economy.

Continuing Education Credits:
AIA LU 1.0 unit (S10M21)

12:00 PM–12:30 PM

1:15 PM–2:15 PM
Town & Gown Relations with Colleges & Universities

Presented by: Kim Griffo, Executive Director, International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) | Darrell Meyer, Vice President, KPS Group

Best practices of colleges and universities in their town and gown relations will be presented from the director of the international organization formed from a collaboration between a municipality and its public university neighbor.  A case study will be presented of lessons learned at UA Tuscaloosa as it sought dealt with issues concerning town/gown relations.  Campus policy, city ordinances, and private sector response to the challenges will be explored and best practices discussed with the audience as they relate to problems they may be challenged with on their own campuses.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discover and discuss partnerships between a small municipality and its large public university neighbor that led to the formation of an international organization designed to foster similar partnerships.
  2. Discuss issues surrounding zoning, public safety, shared utilities, and pedestrian/vehicular circulation that are common to both universities and their municipal neighbors.
  3. Assess a case study of town/gown relationships and lessons learned during the planning process, along with best practices.
  4. Apply tips that will assist in fostering town/gown relationships.

Continuing Education Credits:
AIA LU 1.0 unit (S10M22)

2:15 PM–2:30 PM

2:30 PM–3:30 PM
Relevant Hands-on Education to Jump-Start Graduates into Their Profession – Auburn University's Architecture Program

Presented by: Cheryl E. Morgan, Professor - School of Architecture, Auburn University

The presentation will feature architectural student projects and outcomes created during a studio design course in downtown Birmingham.  The focus of the program is to immerse them in their architectural studies through challenging practical design issues they may encounter in professional practice.  Recent award winning student projects will be shown covering topics including university master planning, university buildings and green spaces, town/gown edges of campuses, small towns with colleges/universities, and environmental mitigation projects.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Evaluate one case study of a university and the strategies used for practical experiential learning, to successful academic development, and eventual success in practice for design professionals.
  2. Recognize the leading role student projects can play as catalysts to institutions, municipalities and private developers, as they consider options for real estate development.
  3. Discuss projects students have created and the impact they have had, on development within the architectual field.
  4. Insight into the relationship between off-campus academic experience to the learning process in the on-campus studio.

Continuing Education Credits:
AIA LU 1.0 unit (S10M27)

3:30 PM–4:30 PM
Campus Walking Tour - UAB

Ms. Chaffin and Mr. Shan Oliver will lead groups wishing to tour the UAB campus. Stops and explanations include the Campus Green, Heritage Hall, President's Park, Dining Commons, Recreation Center, Residence Apartment Halls created with Private Developers


Members: $85 USD
Nonmember: $95 USD


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

Current Southern Regional Sponsors


Hendessi & Associates, www.hendessiassociates.com

Gold Colleague

Broaddus Planning, www.broaddusplanning.com
Kirksey Architecture, www.kirksey.com
Parsons Brinckerhoff, www.pbworld.com
VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., www.vhb.com

Silver Colleague

AECOM, www.aecom.com
Balfour Beatty Construction, www.balfourbeattyus.com
Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering, www.clarknexsen.com
Cooper Carry, Inc., www.coopercarry.com
Energy Ace, Inc., www.energyace.com
Hardin Construction Company, www.hardinconstruction.com
Heery International, Inc., www.heery.com
Lord, Aeck & Sargent, www.lasarchitect.com
Skanska USA Building, www.skanskausa.com
SmithGroup, www.smithgroup.com
The Winter Construction Company, www.winter-construction.com
Watson Tate Savory Architects, www.watsontatesavory.com 

Bronze Colleague

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., www.kimley-horn.com
KSQ Architects, PC, www.ksqarchitects.com
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., www.mccarthy.com
Pfluger Associates Architects, L.P., www.pflugerassociates.com

Sponsorship list last updated May 10, 2010