Date: Thursday, September 8 2011
Time: 11:00 am Eastern
Location: Complimentary via Webex

Given the substantial, ongoing impact of facilities on balance sheets and income statements, corporate real estate and facility managers need to take a disciplined approach to aligning real estate objectives with strategic business priorities.

 This live webinar will explore the strategies, practices and processes that have set high-performance corporations apart. You’ll learn how proactive facility management have tied their corporate real estate approaches to strategic business priorities in a decisive and disciplined fashion. 

What You’ll Learn

  • How to align your real estate strategy with strategic corporate initiatives
  • How to quantify the value and liability of your capital assets
  • How to implement a capital asset management framework that gives all stakeholders visibility into the process
  • How to use funding scenarios to gauge asset performance over time
  • How to prioritize projects to enable corporate capital investments that yield the highest returns on facility assets


By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

Unlike businesses that may relocate as their needs change, most colleges and universities have a long-term relationship with their physical site and buildings, which form an important part of their identity. As stewards of the physical plant, facility managers are responsible for ensuring that all its facilities – including classrooms, dormitories, libraries, dining halls, and student centers – are effectively meeting the needs of students, staff and faculty.

Given the challenges of today’s economy, colleges and universities have to make difficult choices when it comes to deciding which building systems to repair or replace, which renovation projects to complete, and when to build new. How do the costs and benefits of renovating an aging dorm compare with replacing it? What is the top priority: building a new athletic center, or expanding facilities for research? The answer is not always easy or as obvious as it may seem and requires effective facilities capital planning and management.

With the right tools, FM teams can make defensible decisions in support of the school’s mission and goals. How are you making difficult choices today?


Dates: November 3 – 4, 2011
Venue: Crieff Hydro Hotel

Visit us at Booth #42!


Dates: October 16 – 18, 2011
Expo Open: Sunday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Tuesday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Venue: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Burlingame, CA

Visit us at Booth #503!


Dates: October 2 – 5, 2011
Expo Open: Sunday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Tuesday 6:45 am – 8:15 am & 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Venue: Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre
Halifax, NS

Come visit us at Booth G-01!

By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

A full economic recovery continues to be slower than anyone would like, but facility managers must continue to support the organizational mission with functional facilities in good condition. They also must prepare for the inevitable economic rebound. During an economic recovery, only organizations that have consistently managed information about their facility assets and leveraged that information in the creation of capital projects, plans and budgets will remain strong. Access to accurate, current facility condition data for facilities capital planning will provide a strategic advantage. The benefits in cost and strategic outcome will be significant, whereas the financial and functional price of poor facility planning will be painfully high.

What are you doing to face the current economic situation and prepare for the future?

Read how VFA’s Capital Budgeting Solution helps prioritize capital projects.

By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

At the recent American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Annual Conference, much of the talk focused on the changing role of facilities leaders, and how a more strategic approach to facilities management is gaining facility managers a seat at the executive table. According to an article in the July issue of Health Facilities Management, there are a number of reasons for the change:

  • Increasing size of capital programs and budgets
  • Evidence that physical environment has a significant impact on patient care
  • Recognition that facilities managers have an opportunity to contribute to patient safety and comfort
  • Awareness that facility condition plays a role in attracting medical staff, administrative staff, and patients

A key element in becoming a strategic player is focusing on how facilities support the healthcare mission and the organization’s goals.

How are you demonstrating the strategic importance of facilities in your organization?

Area Development

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time: 7:30 am – 10:00 am Eastern
Location: DoubleTree Hotel – Toronto Airport

With limited resources, facilities professional are struggling to find the most effective way to manage and track data about their facility assets.  Many organizations lack the ability to get a holistic view into deferred maintenance requirements and costs, an objective process to prioritize projects, and a methodology to rapidly and accurately update existing data.

Join us for a complimentary facility networking event and executive briefing where you will be able to network with facility management professionals from across Ontario.
You’ll learn how organizations like yours are addressing these challenges, successfully reducing their deferred maintenance backlog, proactively planning for systems renewal, and winning funding for infrastructure improvements.

 Hear about approaches for addressing your pressing challenges, including:

  • Creating long-term capital plans that align with strategic goals
  • Prioritizing competing capital projects
  • Maintaining accurate facility data
  • Developing compelling requests for facility funding

 Panelists include:

Ken Owen
Director, Facilities
City of Mississauga

David Taggart
Manager of Facility Assets
City of Burlington

Gary Nower
Assistant Vice President of Physical Resources
Wilfrid Laurier University

By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

Last weekend, I attended APPA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta. One of the major trends in higher education is in reaction to how today’s students are learning, working and living. This generation expects to significantly leverage technology while at college. This means viewing lectures via podcasts and the Web, taking exams online, and accessing resources from mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Students are also using classrooms in different ways, with the emphasis on open learning spaces for collaboration.

The implications on facility managers is significant. This new approach means that they have to provide twice the learning space per student. Existing classrooms need to be converted to meet these needs, space needs to be re-purposed, and labs need to be flexible in terms of utility feeds and equipment. The amount of space needed and the way it’s being used means that an increased emphasis on running these facilities in an energy efficient, sustainable manner is also presenting a challenge to facility managers.

If you’re working at a college or university, how are you meeting the needs of today’s students?