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Higher Education Client Panel, Planning for the Future

May 02, 2018
11:15 AM to 1:00 PM
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International Market Square
275 Market Street, Suite 185
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Please join us for our May Education program and Annual Meeting! Hear from the SMPS Twin Cities Board Members as they present a “State of the Chapter” including a financial update, membership and chapter demographics and stats and present the Chapter Volunteer and Board Member of the Year awards. They will also introduce you to your 2018-2019 Board Members! The Higher Education panel will be immediately following this short presentation.

Colleges and universities are feeling the pressures of aging infrastructure, fast-paced technological changes, and user demands to implement upgrades to their classrooms and housing options to compete for new students and retain their existing students. Some institutions have the resources to build new, while others are renovating and updating existing facilities. Our panel of features facilities, planning, design and construction leaders from Minnesota colleges and universities discussing: How are institutions planning and funding these changes on campus to meet current and future needs? What are the challenges? What is the process?

Learning objectives 

  •         Current overview and outlook for planning, design and construction projects.
  •         Insights regarding communication and selection process.
  •         Discussion regarding challenges ahead for higher education organizations.

SMPS Domain of Practice (for CPSM)  

3 - Client and Business Development 

Who should attend?

Firm Principals 
Marketing Director 
Marketing Manager 
Marketing Staff 
Business Development Director 
Business Development Staff 
Communications Coordinator


Marc Partridge, AIA, CID, LEED AP, Manager of Design, Capital Planning and Project Management, University of Minnesota
Pamela Bakken Anderson, AIA LEED AP, Partner 292 Design Group
James Goblirsch, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management, Winona State University

Moderator: Anne Farrell, FSMPS, CPSM

Marc Partridge, AIA, CID, LEED AP, Manager of Design, Capital Planning and Project Management, University of Minnesota. With more than 30 years of private-sector experience, Marc has proven adept at providing firms, clients, and project teams with strategic guidance. As University Architect, he is currently shaping a reorganized Capital Planning group at the University of Minnesota focused on planning, design and project delivery, with a new emphasis on design quality. With over $1 Billion of project value active in design or delivery annually, he is responsible for coordinating architectural design throughout the University system as a Design Liaison/Advocate, aligning with the Planning principles of each campus.

Pamela Bakken Anderson, AIA, LEED AP, Partner - Project Manager/Project Architect
As a partner with 292 Design Group and an architect for over 30 years, Pam directs the firm’s public sector work, including civic, K-12 and higher education projects, with a strong attention to detail and client collaboration. Her work includes master planning, facility programming and design for renovations, additions and new construction. Pam also leads the firm’s sustainable design projects and coordinates consultant services.

James Goblirsch, AIA, LEED AP, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, Winona State University
As Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, Mr. Goblirsch is responsible for the operation of the physical facilities at the Winona State University, including areas such as Facilities Master Planning and Construction, Sustainability, The Landscape Arboretum, Building Maintenance Services and the Physical Plant. Prior to joining Winona State, Mr. Goblirsch was a Principal and Academic Planner at HGA Architects and Engineers. Mr. Goblirsch has extensive knowledge and experience in higher education facility planning and has acted as a strategic advisor to college and university boards, presidents and facilities directors. Mr. Goblirsch has a Bachelor of Architecture/Art History degree from the University of Notre Dame.


$40.00 Member Registration
$55.00 after 05:00 pm April 25

$60.00 Non-Member Registration
$75.00 after 05:00 pm April 25