October 2015 Luncheon- Move Management

IFMA San Diego’s October Luncheon was chock-full fun, networking and great information relevant to you and your company’s business! Today’s event was sponsored by: BKM and Consolidated Building Systems, Inc. (CBSI)


The panel consisting of:

• Kate Mood, Founding Principal, Dynamic Space Solutions
• Mac McCardle, Account Executive, My Office
• David Suter, Senior Vice President/Owner, Consolidated Building Systems, Inc. (CBSI)

Provided the room with a fantastic overview of Move Management and things to take into consideration within our own organizations as well as hiring outside vendors to assist.

Click Here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

September 2015 Breakfast – Managing Drought Conditions

Unless you live under a rock or are part of the Kardashian clan, you already know that California is in the midst of its worst drought on record. Even with the prediction of an El Nino winter ahead, it would only serve as a drop in the bucket in terms of recovering from our four-year dry spell and seventeen consecutive months of rising temperatures.

According to Jeff Stephenson, Principal Water Resources Specialist at the San Diego County Water Authority, California would need three El Ninos in a row to get us where we need to be. Optimistically speaking, however, Jeff says the Golden State is doing a pretty good job of creating water supplies out of areas where water used to be lost to seepages.

Heaviland Landscape’s Director of Resource Management, Rajan L. Brown, suggests it’s time for Californians to accept that we live in an arid climate and encourages cultivation of plant palettes that are conducive to the environment. Seeing as how 60% of residential water use is applied to landscape, it sounds like Raj is onto something.

And for anyone who doesn’t know that if you live in San Diego you live in a watershed, just ask Marsha Cook of the San Diego County Watershed Protection Program – she’ll set you straight! Among other things, Marsha can provide information relating to rain water harvesting and associated rebates as well as and how your air conditioning discharge is a prohibited condensate. Who knew?

Breakfast Presentation

August 2015 Luncheon – How to Sell to FM’s

Lunch 8-2015Judging by the packed house at the Double Tree – Del Mar on August 12th, the word is out that IFMA’s monthly luncheons are the place to be. Okay, perhaps, it had something to do with the topic du jour, but we’ll never know for sure, will we?  What we do know – now, thanks to an esteemed panel of speakers, is that Facility Managers are people, too. That’s right. If you had the misfortune of missing this event, here are a few golden nuggets imparted by the panel:

  1. Do your research. It’s just as important to know who you’re marketing to as it is to know what you have to offer. Find something of value to the FM and use specific examples of how you will be able to assist them – references and testimonials go a long way.
  2. Value the FM’s time. If you have secured a meeting, be prompt, stick to the schedule and for the love of Pete, don’t show up with an entourage!
  3. View yourself as a teacher, not a Sales Rep – FM’s rely on vendors to help them do their jobs better.
  4. Listen.
  5. If you’re already included in the bid process, don’t waste valuable time extolling the virtues of your company.
  6. Respect a company’s existing relationships.
  7. Good customer service goes a long way; sometimes cost is less important than responsiveness.
  8. If you get the work, keep it by doing what was promised and doing it on time. FM’s really don’t like to change vendors if they don’t have to.
  9. Follow-up. Check in with the FM from time to time to see how things are going.
  10. If you’re still looking for a foot in the door, try dropping something off at the front desk.

Wondering who these wizards are?

Matt Anderson, CFM, Hubbs Research Institute

John Keegan, Senior Director of Facilities & Operations at La Jolla Institute

Allison Simpson, Director of Business Development, Pacific Building Group

Steve Moore, Account Manager, Trane

David Timber, Instructor, Facility Management Courses, UCSD Extension

– Jade Celentano, Pacific Green Landscape

July 2015 Luncheon – Minimum Wage Hikes & Their Impacts

Sworn inYou may be kicking yourself if you missed the July 8th monthly luncheon which was hosted in the Event Center of the renowned Phil’s BBQ. Besides feasting on some of San Diego’s best barbeque, Greg Brown, Director of Expense Reduction Analysts, invited guests to step into Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine to recollect their rate of pay for the very first job they held: We’ve come a long way since earning .90¢/hr. as a roller-skating carhop in 1960 or a meager $3,000.00 for an entire summer of worm farming!  Greg provided some statistics relating to the growth of minimum wage in this country (up a whopping 2900% since 1943!) and offered some useful tips to help companies reduce operation costs without reducing head count in the wake of increasing minimum wage hikes. You can find a copy of Greg Brown’s presentation below; as for the missed BBQ, let this be a lesson to ya: you don’t wont to miss the next monthly luncheon!

– Jade Celentano, Pacific Green Landscape

Meeting Presentation

June 2015 – Leverage your Beverage and J Craig Venter Tour

Say cheese #3 (Rene, Troy & Celina)The building site is on a 50-year land-lease from UCSD, if they don’t work out a new lease the property reverts to the university.  The facility is 45,000 sq. ft. and cost an estimated $40 million to build – which doesn’t sound like enough for such an amazing building.  It is likely the only Carbon Neutral/ Net Zero lab in the country – carbon neutral means that the lab creates as much electricity as it consumes.  They are able to achieve this because the building was designed to use only 25% of the power that a typical lab the same size would require.

How they did it:

The building is long, skinny and faces South.  This is critical for “light harvesting” so less power is needed for interior lighting.  The amount of light in each room is monitored and overhead lights will go on, off, or the room will be partially lit depending on the amount of sunlight.  Ventilation demand management is used so instead of 8-18 air exchanges per hour in a typical lab, this building averages 4 per hour – and goes down to 2 per hour when the building is empty.

The building uses 80% less energy by using water instead of air to manage inside temperature.  This is accomplished using two 25,000 gallon water induction tanks – 1 hot and 1 cold.  For example:  Cold water coils are wrapped around heat generating items (like the motors behind the -80 degree freezers) and the heat is captured and sent to the appropriate tank.  The freezers don’t need fans to keep the motors cool, so it’s oddly quiet in a room you expected to be loudly humming – and the freezers require less energy (because they don’t need to run the cooling fans).

Throughout the facility there are outlets that are bright green in color – these outlets do not have power between 5pm and 8am – saving electricity.  The electricity saved is being generated by solar panels that also act as a sun shade for the out door patio.  The panels generate 1 million kilowatt hours per year, which is more than the building can use, making it Net Zero.  A software program tracks the sun, so the building will automatically open or close blinds to maximize natural light or reduce heat.

There is a 95,000 gallon cistern that captures rain water, filters it, then uses it for the buildings toilets and to irrigate the landscape.  A weather station on the roof will turn of the Air Conditioning (when it is cool enough outside) and instruct the occupants to open their windows.  A small green light in the ceiling tells them when to let the fresh air in.

A 30% fly ash mixture was used in the concrete, taking advantage of recycling and helping the Institute’s application for LEED Platinum Certification.  When a very active lab such as the J. Craig Venter Institute with such a heavy “plug load” can be both Carbon Neutral and Net Zero, it clearly shows with the right attention to detail and determination everybody wins – especially the environment.

– Troy Bradford, The Olpin Group

June 2015 Luncheon – Solar for Commercial Applications

Meeting Presentation

June 2015 Breakfast – The ABC’s of Plumbing

Meeting Presentation

April 2015 – Data-based Decision Making:  Making a Compelling Business Case

IFMA San Diego’s April Luncheon was chock-full fun, networking and great information relevant to you and your company’s business!


Data-based Decision Making:  Making a Compelling Business Case by Jesse Garcia, Ind. IIDA, MBA, MS, SFC, CMS, Workplace Knowledge Consultant, Performance Environments, Herman Miller

Jesse Garcia

IFMA Dallas/Ft. Worth member Jesse Garcia, Ind. IIDA, MBA, MS, SFC, CMS, lead a fantastic discussion on the use of quantitative, utilization data as a “strategic tool” in space planning decisions. Herman Miller has developed a unique method of tracking and measuring utilization with a patent pending, chair tracker system.

Tracker Picture

Mr. Garcia’s presentation and Herman Miller’s work can best be explained through the three documents provided the chapter:


Membership Committee (Lydia Reyes & Ben Friesen):

  • Introduced the new IFMA San Diego Membership Recruitment Video. VIEW HERE.
  • Introduced six new members to our Chapter.

Golf Tournament (Keith Chrapczynski)

  • The golf tournament will be held this year on June 5, 2015 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.
  • There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Keith at keithc@dfsflooring.com.

Foundation Update (Jolie Lucas):

  • Announced an exciting new partnership with Sempra Energy & SDGE

Website Update (Steve Milinkevich):

  • Please follow IFMA San Diego on Social Media:
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  • Support IFMA! There is a location on the website for Professional Members to post RFP’s for Industry Partners to respond. If your company has an RFP they would like to solicit, simply send your RFP to Steve Milinkevich (smilinkevich@corovan.com) and Donna Frick (donna.frick@mitchell.com) and they will post it for you.
  • This is the last week to submit your business type and 50 character description to Steve Milinkevich (smilinkevich@corovan.com) for inclusion in the Searchable Member Directory.

Excerpt written by Aron R. Fleck, C&M Relocation Systems…

March 2015 Breakfast – IFMA Credentials

On March 3rd, we held an educational breakfast discussing the three credential programs that IFMA offers for it’s members. We had credential overviews from Kate Mood, Lisa Chappell, and our insructor Phyllis Meng.

3-3-15 IFMA Breakfast

After detailing each individual credential, we had panel of credentialed experts (Heather Collins, Marcy Harold, and Debra Gutzmer) to explain how the credentials help them in their career, how difficult it was to attain, the process, the impact at their business, etc. It was a very enlightening meeting.

While we can’t recreate the panel discussion, we can offer the PowerPoint showing the details on IFMA credentials. Please find that PowerPoint here.

– Written by Steve Milinkevich, Corovan Moving & Storage

February 2015 – Policy and Proposed Legislation and the Impacts it will have for Businesses

At the February 11th monthly luncheon, Jack Monger, Executive Director of the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) of San Diego, spoke about “Policy and Proposed Legislation and the Impacts it will have for Businesses”. IEA serves as a voice for members on a variety of environmental issues that affect the quality of life of businesses in the region, and works closely with city, county and state government in an effort to maintain a balance between environmental protection and economic prosperity. A couple of the key points Mr. Monger talked about was the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and how there might be some changes, the new proposed 2015 Ozone levels and the trans-boundary ozone sensitivity stations, changes to the Prop. 65 warning that may enforce businesses to have more specific language about the threat and what to do about it, as well as tighter restrictions on climate change and pest control / fumigation.

Please click here for a copy of the presentation (click here).

– Written by Donna Frick, Mitchell International