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    The Golf Channel hit a hole in one with the revitalization of part of its Orlando campus. The channel turned to Walker Design LLC to create a high-functioning, multi-use space within a 1,200-square-foot area. The space holds conference and training areas plus a genius bar. It has fully integrated audio/visual technology, integrated writable surfaces for informal gatherings and multiple movable seating options that can house 150 occupants. The floor and ceiling patterns reflect lively, pixelated textures to contrast with and balance the static walls. Photography by Chad Baumer Photography.

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    UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, Colo., was designed by EYP Health to be an expandable, site-adaptable inpatient chassis that UCHealth could use at other locations. The new 210,000-square-foot hospital provides more than 50 inpatient beds and room to expand to more than 100. The hospital features an intensive care unit, operating rooms, a Level III trauma center and emergency department, advanced cardiac services, a birth center with a Level II special care nursery, a surgery center and 24-hour retail pharmacy, lab and imaging services. Photography by Jim Roof.

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    Do football facilities engender championships? Clemson University believes so. The 2016 National Champs invested $55 million in a new 142,500-square-foot facility designed by HOK. The Allen N. Reeves Football Complex further elevates Clemson’s program and promotes the recruitment, training and development of student-athletes. The facility is adjacent to Clemson’s Indoor Football Practice Facility and the existing outdoor practice fields, bringing all football activity into close proximity allowing for more efficient daily operations. Photos courtesy of HOK.

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The McMorrow Corporate Facilities Management Report presents news, information, feature articles, conferences, and products and services for commercial/corporate facility executives and administrators, property managers, and specifiers including architects, designers, and engineers charged with maintaining the workplace for optimal productivity, functionality, and retention of the workplace professional.


The McMorrow Corporate Facilities Management Report presents news, information, feature articles, conferences, and products and services for commercial/corporate facility executives and administrators, property managers, and specifiers including architects, designers, and engineers charged with maintaining the workplace for optimal productivity, functionality, and retention of the workplace professional.


The McMorrow Corporate Facilities Management Report presents news, information, feature articles, conferences, and products and services for commercial/corporate facility executives and administrators, property managers, and specifiers including architects, designers, and engineers charged with maintaining the workplace for optimal productivity, functionality, and retention of the workplace professional.

Don’t miss these IFMA Facility Fusion 2018 education sessions!

With more than 50 education sessions offered at IFMA’s Facility Fusion U.S. 2018 Conference and Expo , there’s a lot to learn! Here are a few of the courses we are most excited about:

IFMA Leaders Best Practice Sharing Round Table Session
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
IFMA volunteer leaders will share information in areas critical to component success, including membership, communications, programs, resource sharing and collaboration. Share operational best practices with peers. Discuss how to make and enhance connections.
Mary Ressler, Director, Membership and Components, International Facility Management Association

Women in FM Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
How do you differentiate yourself to evolve your career in facilities management? What are ways you can align your efforts and work to the needs of the business and be a strategic partner? How do you seize opportunities to lead for change? This panel of women leaders in the facilities management profession will be sharing how they address these challenges and opportunities in their careers. This is intended to be an interactive session and an opportunity for you to engage first hand with industry leaders and colleagues. A facilitator will initiate the discussion with pre-planned question and after the conversation begins, audience questions are encouraged.
Lynn Baez, Vice President of Facility Operations, Cushman & Wakefield
Lucy Kalkman, Interim vice President, Integrated Facilities Management, Sodexo
Sandra McCurdy, Director of Regulatory Compliance, Sodexo

Fit for Five: Transforming a Decades-Old Workplace to Support a Multi-Generational Workforce for Years to Come
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
As a global investment banking and asset management firm, William Blair knows something about the importance of investing properly and how to take care of an asset over time. After being in the same location more than 20 years, they recognized that significant investment in effort and time was needed to develop a dynamic, sustainable new workplace that would last the life of the lease in their new location. With five generations in the workplace, they also recognized the change from their old environment was likely to be a big one for everyone – and they’d need to help their workforce adapt successfully. This presentation explores the highlights of the five-year journey that William Blair and IA embarked on together to create a transformative new workspace. They started with the development of a workplace strategy that recognized the workforce’s generational commonalities and differences. They then engaged employees at key points throughout the process, building overwhelming employee support for the big shift. Learn the key steps to help you steward a thoughtful, well-organized transition to a different kind of workplace while garnering adoption across the generations.
Erin Murray Butler, Head of Workplace and Real Estate Management, William Blair
Holly Jeffers, Strategist, Interior Architects

Ready, Set, Exercise! How to Develop and Conduct a Business Continuity Plan Exercise
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Successful crisis management and disaster recovery takes more than a plan: it requires realistic testing and validation. How do you do that properly? Are your exercises smoke and mirrors or do they provide as-close-to-real situations as possible? How does your program compare? How can you improve? During this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to set up and conduct a successful Business Continuity Plan exercise. Through a mock exercise of an actual event as the case study, you will participate in response and recovery activities. We will use some surprise participants and provide timely insertions to add realism to the situation – as the event would actually occur. Join us to learn from some experienced professionals in our industry – as well as your peers – and have fun doing it! Speaker(s)
Diane Coles-Levine, President, Workplace Management Solutions

Respecting Human Limits: Densification Research and Design
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
When is workspace too close for comfort? Pressure to reduce office space and increase density are approaching limits of livability. Environment-behavior research highlights psychological and social effects of office space density on human health, performance, and organizational culture. Using benchmarking, global standards, and design best practices we translate human factors to define a minimum range of space necessary for livability. Design and planning principles to address personal control, work setting variety, meaningful choices, and group territory are illustrated with examples from successful, space efficient projects.
Ellen Keable, Principal, Jacobs
Lisa McGregor, Director of Planning Strategies, JACOBS

Dig The Gig Economy: A Seismic Shift in People and Place
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:40 AM – 12:15 PM
In this facilitated audience-interactive session, we will examine & amplify the implications, risks & opportunities of the developing Gig economy. BUSINESS UNDER PRESSURE Companies still organize themselves around the ownership of captive resources for competitive advantage – hiring legions of people and building large offices to deliver products with incremental pricing or quality advantages. That model is under increasing pressure, as technology and the internet accelerate the pace of business change, forcing companies to reassess industrial-age models built on large-scale networks of owned resources. Thus product cycles that used to be measured in years have been radically shortened. The task of predicting consumer preferences is being concentrated into product planning windows that are now measured in months – or even weeks. As a result, workspace demand forecasting is more fraught with risk than ever, despite the emergence of agile work platforms and much more flexible workspace models. And, just as the industry settles on more flexible workplace models, a new kind of economy composed of much different workers is emerging. We call it the Gig Economy. In the Gig economy, companies that have relied on permanent staff and infrastructure will be able to reduce their reliance on captive labor substantially. Using third party enterprise services, companies will leverage contingent staff to a much greater level than today, flexing labor up and down just in time for the needs they have in the moment. We explore the impact on the workforce and the workplace.

Mary Lee Duff, Principal, Interior Architects, Inc.
Jim Truhan, Senior Workplace Strategist, IA Interior Architects

The Looming Talent GapEngaging and Retaining Young Professionals in FM
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
This will be a panel presentation on the upcoming talent gap, and engagement of YP in the FM profession. The below is a previous abstract, with this panel focusing on recent hot topics (last year was millennial myth busting) in order to engage the audience. It is well documented that a large percentage of the current workforce is either set to retire or approaching retirement age. This turnover requires important consideration of how best to replace these workers, bridge the gap between generations during this transition to avoid meaningful loss of knowledge and skill, and develop new leaders for the coming decades. Both BOMI and IFMA have cited Property and Facility Management as a profession at great risk from this turnover, requiring deliberate attention toward the training and development of the next generation of qualified professionals. Many believe this “attention” requires a mix of academic program, professional industry training and certification, and on-the-job career development to ensure top talent is effectively recruited and retained. This moderated session will feature a panel of young FM professionals in a discussion and debate representing a variety of sectors. The dialogue will range across a series of topics important for FM today and critical for tomorrow, including leadership, cross-training, recognition and reward, career advancement, skill building, the role of technology, recruitment and the academic experience. In addition, the panel will discuss the initiatives that IFMA is undertaking through its Young Professionals Task Force to support and foster growth for Young Professionals.

Nick Heibein, PMO Lead – RBC Account, JLL
Geoff Williams, Director, Operations, Angus Consulting Management Limited

Learn How IoT Solutions Play an Important and Increasing Role in Emergency Preparedness
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Gustavo Reyna, Marketing Mgr, Intel
Joe Scanlin, Co-Founder and CEO, Scanalytics Inc.
Peter Viall, Business Account Executive, Scanalytics Inc.

Blurring boundaries: Exploring boundaries from learning to working environments, why they need to be connected and how workplace can learn from learning.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 1:40 PM – 2:00 PM
Changing paradigms in pedagogy of education is shifting the delivery of teaching & learning philosophies and platforms with more emphasis on learner’s needs. This has significant implications for learning environments and has changed the way we approach design strategy. Along with this shift is the understanding of learning styles and the need for expansion on options for learners to customize their own learning and their environment. This pedagogy is designed to create the T Shaped Student, a student enabled to navigate the complexities of the changing business and organizational environments that they will encounter in the not-so-distant future. These changing paradigms also serve to illustrate the similarities and differences between generational perspectives and its impact on the workplace. Concurrently with this is the similar changes in work environments that begin to share many common attributes evidenced in higher education. Part of this shift in workplace environments is the need to better understand the relationship between learning styles and work styles. Another is the acknowledgement that the ideal employee for organizations seeking to create innovation is the T Shaped employee, sharing the very same attributes of the T Shaped Student. This presentation will explore why strategies in designing learning environments and work environments are similar, what each can learn from each other and how a better understanding of learning styles and their relationship to work styles will result in workplace environments that perform better. Drawing on case studies from SGJJR’s workplace practice and higher learning practice, the presentation will explore why learning styles evolve into work styles, how these work styles support a need to think differently about learning and work environments and what a work environment supporting work styles will result in a better way to inform measuring performance and success in workplace strategies.

Arnold Levin, Principal, Workplace Strategies, Smith Group Jjr

Workplace Design + Space Utilization = Talent Retention
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:05 PM – 2:25 PM
Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Managers must align with the enterprise objectives of attracting and retaining talent, through not only transforming workplace experience but also cutting total cost of occupation by up to 30%. This seemingly incongruent set of tasks requires a broad perspective on what makes up the modern workplace. CRE and FM require technology to understand how talent really needs to work, in order to transform the workplace of today to support that demand. This discussion will explore how CRE and FM can combine existing systems and cutting-edge technologies such as augmented reality for workplace design, space utilization sensors and mobile working platforms; in order to achieve the agile workplace of the future, using the buildings of today.

Joseph Poskie, Market Strategist, Trimble

Leading the way to IFMA’s Future: How You can Become an FM/IFMA LEADER
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
A recent Georgetown University report predicts that 31 million jobs will become available as baby boomers retire, and another 24 million new jobs will be available by 2020. This huge shift requires that organizations, including IFMA and its components, prepare for these changes. Honing leadership and teambuilding skills, as well as understanding the need for and how to develop succession plans, will be the focus of this interactive presentation. Preparing FMs to lead their organizations, as well as preparing IFMA leaders to better manage their components, will include the learning objectives of this session, as well as specifics for setting up and executing effective succession plans. Taught by two former IFMA leaders, Kathy Roper and Teena Shouse, their researched techniques, as well as tips and tricks of the trade will be shared in an interactive session with participants providing questions and specific scenarios for discussion during the workshop presentation. 

Kathy Roper, Associate Professor, Retired, Retired/Georgia Institute of Technology
Teena Shouse, Principal, FM Transitions

Embracing the Third Industrial Revolution: What does it mean for FM?
Thursday, March 22, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Jeremy Rifkin’s keynote presentation at WW ’71 was a wake-up call for FM professionals. He suggested that the coming Third Industrial Revolution (TIR) will make every commercial building a “mini-power plant” producing its own energy as well as feeding power into the “smart energy grid.” This presentation/conversation will enable participants to understand and explore the dramatic transformations in the economy and in building design and maintenance we can expect to see over the next decade. Clearly, Rifkin’s vision of a fully decentralized energy grid based on renewable sources will only happen with massive investments and retrofits of the existing building stock, to say nothing of radically different design considerations for new construction. This session will explain and explore the five pillars of TIR, perspectives that the speakers have applied to the role of FM in making the new economy both possible and desirable. We want to ensure that IFMA/RICS is at the forefront of the coming incredible transformation in the way we live, work, and play. We will discuss renewable energy in a decentralized grid, buildings as nodes in the information and energy cloud environments, and a new view of the central role of maintenance and operations and their effect on the value proposition of upgrading existing buildings rather than creating new ones.

Nancy Sanquist, VP of Global Strategic Marketing, Planon
James Ware, Executive Director, AndPlaces Ltd.

Preventing Facility Crime Through Security Innovation
Thursday, March 22, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
This session highlights the wave of facilities leaving behind outdated security solutions and embracing the latest innovations in the security market. Smart camera algorithms, military grade analytics, remote command centers, and partnerships with local law enforcement are transforming the lives of residents for the better. These innovations are helping organizations across the nation improve safety levels and prevent long-term crime, while reducing costs and inefficiencies. Industry thought leaders will take specific questions and break down the systems, processes, and technologies that are revolutionizing facility safety. Learn how these security solutions are transforming organizational safety and helping them thrive in the long-term.

John Valdez, Chief Business Development Officer, Elite Interactive Solutions

Problem Solved: Finding the Gaps in Your Mobility, Cloud and Emergency Management
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Is your facilities team fully ready for a catastrophe? Only 14% are, according to a 2017 survey. Causes include not having information digitized, not having it organized or searchable, and not being able to access it on mobile devices. What does it mean to your organization to be faced with a catastrophe every two years that costs $500,000? In this presentation, we’ll explore industry research that sheds light on the current state of facilities in order to identify organizational and management gaps. Hear how mobile apps and technology can bridge communication gaps within facilities and operations teams, allowing them to work smarter and faster on a daily basis and during emergencies.

David Trask, National Director of Facilities Solutions, ARC

The Facility Manager’s Keys to Active Shooter/Assailant Preparedness in the 21st Century
Thursday, March 22, 2018 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
From the Active Shooter/Assailant threat, your stakeholders expect a high level of emergency preparedness. How can FMs put together plans and procedures that are simple, yet comprehensive? The Facility Managers and Building Engineers are the most important people in your company when it comes to the safety and well-being of the individuals working and visiting your facility. Most often, you know more about the building and the people in the building than almost anyone else. You are the one the responders want to talk to when they first arrive on the scene after an incident. So, how can you be fully prepared to answer their questions? We will equip you with the knowledge to take back and be confident you are prepared. This presentation will utilize an objective and positive approach to emergency planning for an Active Shooter/Assailant threat. We will equip you with the key steps, strategies, and resources necessary to achieve effective emergency preparedness. We will also discuss the importance of instruction and highlight what methods of staff instruction are most effective. Bring your questions to this timely and interactive session! You will walk away with the strategies and resources you need to either strengthen your existing emergency preparedness program or to begin building your program. We will enable you to work collectively within your organization to protect your most valuable asset (your people) and give your operations a way to recover more quickly in a disruptive incident.

Randy Braverman, Senior Consultant, Facility Engineering Associates

What’s Hot and What’s Not – Determining how market factors and generational demands are affecting our workplaces
Thursday, March 22, 2018 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
This session highlights real estate trends in cities throughout North America and the world, giving real estate and facility managers the tools to assist their organizations with portfolio planning and strategy. In this interactive session, participants will not only learn what trends are occurring in their market in comparison with other markets throughout the world, but will be able to share their experience with how these trends are affecting their companies. Trends within industry segments will also be covered, including changes resulting from demographics and technology that affect space utilization. This knowledge will aid in facility planning and will provide a basis for creating value with management in the participants’ organizations.

Janice Cimbalo, Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

Increasing R&D Effectiveness through Workplace Change – a Case Study
Thursday, March 22, 2018 11:10 AM – 11:40 AM
More research and development organizations are undertaking a complete revision of how they organize their work based on advances in technology and to foster and encourage cross team collaboration among researchers. The primary goal is to increase innovation in the product delivery and development process. We will walk Facility Managers through how they can prepare their R&D clients for this workplace change before and during a workplace transition specifically within a research/ lab environment. This will include sharing the practical considerations to plan for before undertaking such a workplace change with the goal to be ready and ensure the workplace transition is smooth and that will be effective from the beginning. 1) Building the case for workplace change in an R&D environment 2) Define what this change means for the day to day work processes for R&D staff 3) Uncover the critical success factors and practical considerations for making this transition smooth with an effective Change Management program.

Suki Reilly, CEO, MovePlan

Space Utilization in Real Time How Sensors and the Internet of Things are Providing Essential Data to Support New Ways of Working.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
For decades, facility managers and planners have relied on guesswork to know how workspace is actually utilized. The problem has become acute as new ways of working are resulting in offices and cubicles remaining mysteriously unoccupied for many hours in a given day. The Internet of Things is ushering in exciting new technologies that are providing real-time data on how workstations, offices and meeting rooms are actually used. For the first time, facility managers have reliable data to evaluate new workplace approaches like hoteling and shared desking. Conference and collaboration rooms can be sized for real needs rather than crude estimated requirements. Motion sensors, heat sensors, cameras that can accurately count occupants, wifi-enabled location tracking, trend analysis and floor-plan heat maps are providing the data needed by workplace strategists to achieve dramatic improvements in workplace efficiency and effectiveness. The session will explore a range of emerging technologies that will transform the interaction of people and buildings. Case studies showing how organizations are using this technology today will be shared and the session will explore the real issues of personal privacy raised by these technologies.

Michael Schley, Chairman, Fm:Systems