Erik Kocher presents at SCUP Pacific Regional Conference

Erik Kocher presents at SCUP Pacific Regional Conference

Friday, March 27, 2015

Erik Kocher presented “Communiversity – The Power of Sports & Athletics to Unite Campus and Community” at the Society for College and University Planning Pacific Regional conference on March 23. The presentation focused on the 196,000 SF, $91M Alaska Airlines Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Joining Erik in the presentation were:

  • Chris Turletes, associate vice chancelor of facilities at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Nick Thomas, design strategist at Downstream
  • Michael Carlson, principal architect at McCool Carlson Green

The presentation focused on four specific aspects of the project:

  • Evaluating strategies for how the university leveraged non-campus partners to support campus building efforts.
  • Discovering how solving urban planning issues outside the boundaries of the campus was a catalyst for major campus development projects.
  • Reviewing current innovations in campus athletic facilities that promoted student support and interaction.
  • Exploring ideas that transformed campus athletic facilities into flexible community assets.

Download the full presentation: 2015 SCUP Comuniversity Presentation