Minutes of July 16, 1996 Meeting
The meeting convened at 10:42 a.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Thomas Anderson, Jacob Birnberg, James
Cassing, Richard Colwell, Ronald Gardner, Peter Koehler, James Maher,
Franklin McCarthy, Keith McDuffie, Glenn Nelson, Arthur Ramicone, Bruce
Williams, and Philip Wion. Also present were: Ann Dykstra, Jeffrey
Liebmann, Jeffrey Masnick, Robert Pack, Richard Pratt, Ellen Rudy, Peter
Shane, and Doug Wylie.
UPBC members not present were: John Brice, Toni Carbo, Jerome
Cochran, Thomas Detre, Brian Hart, Randy Juhl, Linda Messineo, Margaret
Rechter, Jeffrey Romoff, Michael Stuckart, Julius Youngner.
Approval of Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the May 16, 1996 and June 3, 1996 UPBC meetings
Report of the Capital Planning Committee
Maher presented the Report of the Capital Planning Committee,
summarizing planned facility-related activities on the Pittsburgh Campus
for the next 10 years. Maher explained that regional campus plans will be
developed and merged with the Pittsburgh Campus document during the fall
term. He summarized the contents of the report.
On student housing, Maher summarized the plan to draw more
undergraduate students into on-campus housing with a goal of guaranteeing
students four years of housing. Academic and cultural interests in
residence halls will be enhanced and campus life made more attractive.
New construction will occur as needed. Increased numbers of graduate
students will be attracted into the surrounding community through the
development of suitable housing in Oakland.
Maher stressed the importance of renovating and modernizing
existing academic buildings, with previously planned new construction
reduced in favor of making more efficient use of current classrooms. The
plan includes construction of the Multi-Purpose Academic Complex (MPAC) to
house the Departments of Computer Science and Psychology and the
Intelligent Systems Program, and a headquarters for the College of
Business Administration. A renovated Masonic Temple would house
high-priority units in need of additional space, such as Admissions and
Financial Aid, the Center for Instructional Development and Distance
Education, Governmental Relations, and Alumni Relations. All Benedum Hall
space will be assigned to the School of Engineering and the high-density
storage building for library collections will be built near, but off
campus. Maher explained that athletics/recreation plans build on previous
efforts and recent successes, emphasizing Title IX compliance, new playing
fields, and more sites like the new Lothrop Hall fitness center.
The cost of the proposed plan is $360 million over 10 years, but
includes significant savings over previous estimates. Maher cited the
extensive renovation to Bellefield Hall, a planned lower campus recreation
center building, and the removal from the capital plan of the College of
Business Administration building, totaling nearly $65 million in
construction cost savings. The removal of Pennsylvania Hall and the
Mineral Industries Building from the inventory of University-owned
buildings, along with the decrease in the use of rental space, will reduce
annual operating costs by approximately $300,000 each year. Maher
stressed that 60% of the plan consists of renovation and preservation
efforts to existing buildings. Of the 40% of the plan consisting of new
construction, 56% is dedicated to housing and athletics/recreation and 44%
to academic buildings.
Maher explained that 59% of the plan would be funded through
Education and General debt service, 20% through Commonwealth funding, 12%
through gifts, and 9% through Auxiliary funding. The total impact on the
E&G budget, however, would be to increase annual operating costs from
$32.5 million to $37.4 million, and debt service from $8.3 million to
Regarding the College of Business Administration, Maher explained
that the new faculty would be housed in Mervis Hall in space vacated by
the Center for Executive Education, while the College will receive one
floor in the new MPAC building. The Center for Executive Education would
move from Mervis Hall to the Masonic Temple. In addition, renovations are
planned for certain classrooms in the Forbes Quadrangle to provide for
special purpose programmatic needs.
Maher explained that the plan will be presented to the Council of
Deans, the Senate, and unit Planning and Budgeting Committees. He added
that the plan was produced by a committee that included a broad range of
expertise. Anderson emphasized the importance of helping the University
community understand the constraints facing the University. Wion
emphasized the importance of the UPBC Parameters Subcommittee projecting
long-range financial scenarios and of the University soon determining the
size of a needed capital campaign.
The meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.