Minutes of November 14, 1996 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:05 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: James Cassing, Jerome Cochran, Richard
Colwell, James DeAngelis, Thomas Detre, Ingrid Glasco, Brian Hart, James
Maher, Josephine Olson, Richard Pratt, Arthur Ramicone, Peter Shane,
Michael Stuckart, Brian Ulery, Susan Whitney, and Philip Wion. Also
present were: Jeffrey Liebmann, Jeffrey Masnick, and Robert Pack.
UPBC members not present were: Mary Ann Barber, Toni Carbo, Keith
McDuffie, Linda Messineo, Margaret Rechter, Jeffrey Romoff, Ellen Beam
Rudy, Alec Stewart, and Bruce Williams.
Approval of Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the September 30 and October 24, 1996 UPBC meetings
were approved. Maher indicated that a video tape of Senior Vice
Chancellor Romoff's address to School of Medicine faculty on the future of
managed health care will be put on a future UPBC meeting agenda.
Action on the Draft University Facilities Plan: 1998 - 2007
Pack stated that the current draft Facilities Plan was approved by
the University Facilities Committee after extensive review by the Senate
and the University community, including a public meeting. He indicated
that the Plan now incorporates as many of the review comments received as
possible, as well as more detail and explanations of proposed initiatives.
Pack stated that the document also now includes UPMC-Division and regional
campus facilities plans.
Pack explained that the document represents planned facilities
renovation and construction for the next 10 years, but is not a space
allocation proposal. Therefore, not every building or program is
specifically mentioned. However, the Plan calls for extensive
expenditures for deferred maintenance as well as an annual commitment to
programmatic enhancements, which affects every area of the University.
Specific programmatic enhancements will be determined through the annual
Planning and Budgeting System cycle.
In response to Whitney's question, Maher explained that the debt
service incurred as a result of the Plan will be significant, but is
absolutely necessary if the University is to maintain its current status
among the nation's top institutions of higher education. Maher added that
the strategy of improving student quality of life is essential to
enhancing available revenue streams in the coming years. DeAngelis
specifically praised the priority given to improving student housing. In
response to Hart's question, Pack indicated that, with the establishment
of proper strategies, the Pittsburgh Campus has sufficient space to
accommodate the relocations that will be necessary as a result of
implementing the Plan. Detre moved to accept the Facilities Plan and
recommend its adoption by the Chancellor. Hart seconded. The motion was
The meeting adjourned at 2:55 p.m.