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September 2012

News from the Academic Facilities Council of IFMA

AFC Board of Directors President: John Shenette Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Smith College Email: Vice President: Bruce Boyer Executive Director, Facilities Management Stonehill College E-mail:

A Message from the President: Everything is BIG in Texas!  Fall is upon us and it’s a reminder that World Work Place is just around the corner. This is also the time  of the year when the Academic Facilities Council (AFC) holds its fall conference, just days before the  WWP. Fred Weiss from the University of Texas‐‐San Antonio, the 2012 fall conference program chair,  has created a program that includes visits to two intuitions: Trinity University and the University of  Texas‐‐San Antonio. See the AFC website for details. I look forward to seeing members in San Antonio.  

Secretary: Jolie Lucas, CFM, AICP, LEED AP Strategic Facilities Planner RSP Architects LTD Email:

Fall is also a special time for the AFC, the time of the year when the council announces the recipient of  the Steven Strickland Showers Memorial Scholarship. Another major accomplishment this year for the  AFC will be acknowledgement of the AFC receiving the IFMA’s Council of the Year Award. Yes, every‐ thing in BIG in Texas! The AFC spent many hours putting a submission together. The Council of the Year  award submission symbolizes just how much work it truly takes to keep the AFC active for all members.  The effort that went into creating the submittal was tremendous. A huge thank you goes out to the  Committee Chair, George Thomlison for keeping everything in order. Deepest appreciation goes to  Jessa Gagne and Jolie Lucas for their countless hours of research, editing and formatting. Thanks also go  to the committee members Bruce Boyer, Chuck Walden and Gregory Victor for their dedication.  

Treasurer: Chuck Walden Retired California State University Email:

This October will also mark the beginning of a new journey for past President George Thomlison. George will be retiring at the end of the year  from the University of Alberta. Over the past four years, I have been able to spend time with George working on many ideas that have and will  create a solid foundation for the AFC well into the future. George has become more than a peer; he has become a true friend. The AFC board  wishes him all the best and thanks him for his countless hours of devotion. George’s ideas have had a huge impact on the AFC. George’s presence  will be greatly missed.  

Past President: George Thomlison Manager Grounds Human Resources & Procurement University of Alberta Email:

This October also brings along change to the AFC board. During the AFC program in San Antonio, two board positions will change. Chuck Walden,  who has served as this year’s treasurer, will turn the role over to Gregory Victor. Chuck has been involved with the AFC throughout the years and  has remained active even during retirement. Chuck will remain active on the Golf Tournament Committee for this upcoming spring event. Thank  you Chuck for stepping in this year as treasurer; your support is appreciated.  Gregory Victor will assume the role as AFC treasurer, leaving his role  as membership committee chair. This membership role will be chaired by Kim Sousa.  

In this issue President’s Message


Membership Map


Scholarship Recipient


What is Happening at PSU?


In the Middle of Nowhere


Sustainability Spotlight


Upcoming Events


Sponsorship Program


Online Community


Officer Contact Information


The past year has seen many accomplishments beginning with the of launch of the new AFC website, the launch of the AFC into the social media  world, the Stonehill College educational program that received over 115 attendees, the successful Duke University spring program that had the  largest attendance for an AFC conference, the first annual Stephen Strickland Showers Memorial Golf Tournament  and winner of the  IFMA  ENERGY STAR Chapter and Council Challenge. And… the accomplishments continue this October with the IFMA’s Council of the Year Award and  the awarding of the Stephen Strickland Memorial Scholarship.    The planning for the 2013 Spring Conference is well underway for southern California. Stay tuned for announcements from the conference chair  Jolie Lucas. In my last message, I mentioned the workshop, “Addressing Tough Challenges and Delivering Optimal Facilities Value through Collabo‐ rative and Planning”. This workshop will be facilitated by Haley & Aldrich, Inc. and promises to be an experience to remember. Many of us are  faced with challenges that appear larger than life at times on our campus. The workshop will present learning objectives that will help us develop  a deep understanding of the current facilities challenges, how to understand them and what opportunities exist for improving them.  Information  will be announced soon, as registrations will be limited to 80 attendees.   In closing, this year has been a very rewarding year for the AFC. Next year’s planning is well under way and the AFC is looking for ideas from the  membership. Please feel free to reach out to me or any other board member and share your concerns/ideas. There are also openings within the  Council committees where members can participate on many exciting initiatives.    Look forward to seeing members in San Antonio!  Best,  John Shenette 

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AFC Membership Map


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Stephen Strickland Showers Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Meet the Academic Facilities Council’s most recent recipient of the Stephen Strickland Showers Memorial Scholarship!  Francesca Bonapart was selected from the  many qualified candidates to be awarded the Stephen Strickland Showers Memorial Scholarship, funded by the AFC.  Beyond those who demonstrate exceptional  educational work and activities, the AFC looks for candidates who have the goal of eventually working with facilities in the educational environment. This scholarship  was established in the name of our past president, Stephen S. Showers (Towson University) in honor of his service and dedication to the pursuit of education.  The  scholarship will be awarded to Francesca in San Antonio at the IFMA Foundation Gala, Tuesday October 30, 2012 at World Workplace. 

                                Francesca Bonapart, IFMA, Steven Strickland Showers Scholarship Bio:  Francesca Bonapart, a New Jersey native, attended the University of Cincinnati receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology in 2011.  While obtaining her undergraduate degree she worked as an intern for several design firms and facility management organizations specializing in renovation and  space planning for K‐12 educational facilities. She is currently pursuing her Professional Master’s Degree in Public Works with an emphasis in Infrastructure Manage‐ ment at Illinois Institute of Technology. Francesca is also an intern for Illinois Tech’s main campus Facility Management Department. As the only intern, she has the  fortunate opportunity of assisting different staff members with various projects ranging from design to maintenance related issues. She has become an essential  team member in helping strategize and implement best practices to better improve Illinois Tech’s campus facilities.    Upon completing her degree, in May 2013, Francesca would like to work for an educational institution that analyzes the importance of life cycle cost versus initial  cost, works in accordance with professional ethical standards, and uses integration in all phases of facilities projects to produce exceptional work. Her ultimate career  goal is to become a director of facilities management for a public schools system or a university in an urban environment. She plans to obtain her Facility Manage‐ ment Professional (FMP), Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) and Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credentials to expand her knowledge throughout her career.  Francesca’s lifetime goal is to create an educational outreach program for minorities and women that specializes in facilities management.  

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What is happening in PSU general purpose classrooms: Bob Myrick PSU is making efforts to provide classroom environments that are more student friendly. As such, dual tablet arm chairs have been introduced into the larger classrooms that are mostly lecture format. These chairs are a creation of Bob Myrick in conjunction with KI. When students have been polled, the response rate was a high 99% on the positive side of the scale!

Students have been polled and asked what they would like to see in the classrooms – more colors rather than the institutional white, beiges, or greens. How about carpet, too? So PSU is responding to their requests. The carpet is a great acoustical complement to the classrooms, too, as we are finding out. Less noise through the floors when chairs are rearranged for a particular class. Less reverberation in the classroom helps voice clarity, too.

Due to the many different shaped students, different types of classroom furniture are being introduced into the classrooms, too. These include, in addition to the dual tablet arm auditorium chairs, long rows of continuous tables with loose chairs on casters, as well as a few individual tables with loose chairs that can also accommodate students with special needs such as wheel chair access.

Furniture in the smaller classrooms are more and more being equipped with loose individual student tables with accompanying chairs. These now allow not only lecture format but break-out group work within the classrooms with the tables and chairs often found to be in different configurations not always the rows and columns.

There has been a need for more space outside the classrooms for students to stage while waiting for classes to change. So rather than seeing the students sit on the floors outside classrooms, we are placing benches outside the rooms, where corridor width will allow in old buildings or walls are being relocated to allow the installation of benches. As can be seen in an attached photo, these bench additions are getting lots of use!

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Who Would Want to Work in the Middle of Nowhere? Greg Victor Driving to one of my district schools today, my mind flashed back twenty years to Baltimore, specifically the Baltimore beltway – I695.  I don’t know exactly why I  flashed back to that place because the drive I was making today certainly has little in common with the drives I would make in Baltimore.   In fact, I would find it hard  to say I made many drives in Baltimore – it was more of a series of stops with a few moments where you could take your foot off the brake and slide forward a little.   

I work for Park County School District #6 in Cody, Wyoming as the Director of Facilities.  I have three  elementary, one middle school, and one high school in town and two rural schools outside of town.    The farthest school is a one room schoolhouse covering grades k‐5.  It was that school I was heading  to this morning when I had my nightmarish recall of the Baltimore beltway.  This school is 42 miles  outside of town.  There is only one way to get there.   It takes the better part of an hour each way.  It  is a large chunk out of my day and I wouldn’t trade that drive for any I ever made in Baltimore.   

Sure, you have watch for wildlife on the road, and at least twice each drive I do see another car  coming the other way so I have to take my attention off the mountains, and streams, and forests,  and valleys, and meadows, and rock formations, and   animals, and pay attention to “traffic”.  I think  that may have been what triggered my memory of Baltimore ‐‐ a car just went by in the other direc‐ tion.   

I worked in the Baltimore area for the better part of twenty years and each day made trips to our  satellite schools in Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland – each almost exactly 42 miles from  our main campus, no further than my drive to the Valley School this morning.   It would take the  better part of an hour and a half to make those trips – if I was smart enough to head out at 0 Dark  Thirty to avoid “traffic”.  It could be half my morning if I wasn’t wise about my time of departure.   

I know that all of this is relative because I hear people out here complain about the “drive” to one of  our satellite schools.  I just grin and think back to the parking lot that is the Baltimore beltway.   Then, I just make sure I pick a good time to head out, usually around nine or so.  I make sure I pack a  nice lunch.  I make sure I’ve got a cooler with nice cool drinks.  I make sure I wrap up my business  there by about twelve.   When I head back to Cody, my biggest problem with the drive becomes which picturesque spot I will choose to pull over and have my lunch.    Sometimes this means waiting for a herd of deer to pass across the road so it takes a few more minutes to get to a spot.   Boy, its hard dealing with all that “traffic”  on my “drive”. 

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Sustainability Spotlight

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It was brought to my attention that the sustainability spotlight article in the last news letter was not printed in it entirety.  Please click the  link below to read the complete article.—Thank you! 

2012 AIA COTE Award Winner Arizona State University Polytechnic Academic Campus Mesa, AZ

Greg Williams CFM, FMP - IFMA Academic Facility Council Sustainability Chair

Photo Credit: Bing IMAGES    

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) selected Arizona State University, Polytechnic Academic Campus Mesa,  AZ as one of the top ten AIA COTE projects of 2012.   “The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the  public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environ‐ ment. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance.” ‐ AIA Com‐ mittee on the Environment website.   The ASU Polytechnic Academic Campus Project –   ASU PAC is located on atop of the old Williams Air Force Base, a Brown Field site, in Mesa Arizona. The submitting Architects were: Lake Flato Architects  with Joint Venture or Associate Architects RSP Architects . The project encompassed 245,000 gross square feet at a total project cost of $64,000,000.00.   2011 AFC Fall Conference ‐   As some of you may remember that our 2011 AFC Fall conference (before WWP 2011 PHX, AZ) was hosted by ASU and the chair of this great experience  was AFC’s former member Cheryl Johnson. Beau Dromiak and our AFC colleague Jolie Lucas both of RSP Architects gave us a walking tour of the campus  showcasing their sustainable design project and its innovations. Besides the great walking tours of ASU campuses (it’s a dry heat) another highlight was the  tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.    


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Sustainability Spotlight

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Sustainable Bioclimatic Design  

The ASU PAC design incorporates innovative sustainability techniques to adapt to its desert climate. This was accomplished by dividing the campus into 5  LEED Gold rated buildings. In order for the campus to be publicly funded, the project was mandated by the state to achieve a LEED rating of Silver or higher  driving it to Gold. The 5 buildings utilize 4 courtyards and covered walkways all incorporating Bioclimatic design.   You Tube presentation     What is Bioclimatic design?   Bioclimatic design is a design that adapts build‐ ings to the special environmental conditions  and climatic conditions of their surrounding  area or region. The main goals of this design is  to provide thermal comfort and to save energy  for the occupants through utilization of solar  energy, natural lighting, sun shading and cool‐ ing ‐ ventilation.   The elements of bioclimatic design are the  passive systems, which are combined in the  buildings to take advantage of environmental  resources (e.g. sun, wind, vegetation, water,  land, sky) for heating, cooling and lighting. Pas‐ sive systems operate without any additional  power, warm and cool buildings naturally and  without mechanical parts. They fall into three  categories:   • Passive solar heating systems   • Passive natural cooling systems and tech‐ niques   • Natural light systems and techniques   

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The bioclimatic design of a building involves the coexistence of all these systems, in order to combine their benefits.   AIA COTE ASU Polytechnic Academic District                      

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September 2012

AFC News and Events

Up Coming Events    Webinar  There are no webinars scheduled at this time to view past presentations CLICK HERE. 

Conference AFC Fall Conference October 2012 San Antonio, Texas    World Workplace October 31st ‐ November 2nd San Antonio, Texas  AFC Spring Conference Your board is hard at work designing the AFC Spring 2013 conference to be held in   San Diego – watch your next newsletter for more details!    

To stay up to date on all AFC news and events visit our website and social media sites daily.    AFC website http://www.ifma‐   AFC Face Book  AFC Twitter   AFC Linkedin‐Facilities‐Council‐IFMA‐4263375?home=&gid=4263375     

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Sponsorship Program

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PLATNIUM LEVEL: $2500.00 The Platinum Sponsor is recognized as the sponsor of the premier event of the conference. There will be only one PLATNIUM LEVEL sponsorship available. 3 signs at event - (company provides) up to combined area of 40 sq ft Representative is introduced at event and brings greetings from company ( 2-3 mins) Company logo and link on AFC website noted as sponsor of event logo will remain for 45 days after event 4 tickets to event they are sponsoring Business cards and brochures available on table by their sign Tent cards for tables during their sponsored events Delegate gifts Mailing list of delegates GOLD LEVEL: $1500.00 The Gold Sponsors are recognized as the sponsors of 1 of the 2 lunches at the event. There are two GOLD LEVEL sponsorships available. Representative is introduced at event Company logo and link on AFC website noted as sponsor of event logo will remain for 45 days after event 2 tickets to event they are sponsoring 1 sign at event - (company provides) up to an area of 12 sq ft Business cards and brochures available on table by their sign 1 ticket to main social event Tent cards for tables during their sponsored events Delegate gifts Mailing list of delegates SILVER LEVEL: $1000.00 The Silver Sponsors are recognized as the sponsors of 1 of the 2 breakfasts at event. There are four SILVER LEVEL sponsorships available. Representative is introduced at event Company logo and link on AFC website noted as sponsor of event logo will remain for 45 days after event 1 sign at event - (company provides) up to an area of 12 sq ft 1 ticket to event they are sponsoring 1 ticket to main social event Tent cards for tables during their sponsored events Delegate gifts Mailing list of delegates BRONZE LEVEL: $500.00 The Bronze Sponsors may sponsor nutrition breaks, transportation as examples Company logo and link on AFC website noted as sponsor of event logo will remain for 45 days after event 1 ticket to event they are sponsoring Delegate gifts If you are interested in being a sponsor at the Academic Facility Conference at Duke please contact one of the AFC’s sponsorship chair. Ed O’Rourke—Joint Sponsorship Chair, GEI Consultants Email: William Johnson—Joint Sponsorship Chair, Haley Aldrich Email:

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Academic Facilities Council—Online Community

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TIPS FOR NAVIGATING: After your first login, you must subscribe yourself to the council postings to activate email deliverability to all council postings, similar to the listserv. You are not automatically subscribed to email delivery.

1. Log in to (You must use your IFMA member ID and IFMA password) 2. Click on Forums on the top left menu tab 3. Click on Forum Subscriptions (located on the left hand side of the page, under Shortcuts) 4. You can then change the default setting from not receiving subscriptions to receive postings via email. Click under the Subscription to "YES"(to receive postings by email similar to the listserv) or "NO" (which means you will need to login to the IFMA Online Community to view the discussions) The subscription's default setting is "NO" in order to change it to "YES" simply click on the "NO".

TIPS FOR POSTING & REPLYING TO QUESTIONS: 1. To reply to emails that you receive, you can post your responses (just like the listserv).

2. If you would like to post a new message/question to the Academic Facilities Council Online Community without having to login to IFMA Online Community, just send your email to this email address for your specific council, This will allow for you to post and reply by email, similar to the listserv tool we were using.

NEW! Academic Facilities Council Web site Click here: Check out the AFC Web site for the latest information on conferences, officer contacts and much more!

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Academic Facilities Council—Officers Contact Information

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Academic Facilities Council Officers and Committee Chairpersons

AFC Board of Directors John Shenette-President

Smith College


Bruce Boyer-Vice President

Stone Hill College


Jolie Lucas, CFM, AICP, LEED AP-Secretary

RSP Architects LTD


Chuck Walden -Treasurer



George Thomlison– Past President

University of Alberta


AFC Committees Bob Myrick—Education Chair CFM,AIA,NCARB, Pennsylvania State University Email: Jacob Higginbottom— Education Chair, Spagnolo Gisness and Associates Email: Greg Victor—Park County School District #6 Membership Chair, Email: Jessa Gagne—Content Chair, Stonehill College Email: Gregory Williams,CFM,FMP—Sustainability Chair, University of Minnesota Email: Ed O’Rourke—Joint Sponsorship Chair, GEI Consultants Email: William Johnson—Joint Sponsorship Chair, Haley Aldrich Email: Fred Weiss—Chair 2012 Fall Conference, University of Texas At San Antonio Email:

Are you interested in joining a committee? The council is always looking for new folks to get involved! Contact the appropriate committee chair person!

About the Academic Facilities Council: Academic facilities offer facility managers and space planners many unique challenges. These

individuals must effectively plan, design, construct, utilize and maintain a variety of buildings, grounds and equipment including classrooms, computer labs, residence halls and apartments, athletic facilities, dining halls, theaters, laboratories, libraries and health care facilities. The students, instructors and researchers who utilize these facilities have needs that may radically differ from conventional building tenants.

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