Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM Pacific/12:00 Eastern
Length: 45 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

Aging facilities, statewide budget cuts, and limited resources have made it difficult for many school districts to keep pace with the repairs and renovations necessary to support academic learning. Facilities departments often struggle with how to allocate limited resources to school facilities needs fairly, cost-effectively and efficiently while taking into account facility condition, educational adequacy, and other priorities.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss how Anchorage School District (ASD) implemented an integrated asset management system, focused on the collection of facility condition and educational adequacy data for 7.7 million square feet of facilities. The resulting data, including not only a Facility Condition Index but also an Educational Adequacy Index, serves as a basis for determining costs and priorities, and is used for both short- and long-term planning purposes.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • About the people, process and tools ASD is using to achieve their goals
  • The process used to compare facility and system information across the District
  • How ASD developed capital budgets to address Facility Condition and Educational Adequacy needs

Speakers:
Randy Ribble PE, Facility Manager, Anchorage School District
Joseph Xavier, Senior Consultant, VFA, Inc.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facilities Division Honored for Sustainable Design and Energy Efficient Projects

BOSTON—October 31, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that client Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facilities Division has been named a winner of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Sheila Sheridan Award for Sustainable Design and Energy Efficient Projects. Berkeley Lab will receive the award at IFMA World Workplace, October 31 to November 2, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.

The award recognizes the Facilities Division’s total program approach to institutional sustainability, including new building construction, sustainable operations and maintenance practices, collaboration with the surrounding communities, and active involvement in educating similar national labs.

Berkeley Lab, a leading research center for environmental studies, nanoscience, quantitative biology, physics and nuclear energy, consists of 107 buildings across 203 acres. Such a large and complex facility calls for a multifaceted approach to green building practices. Berkeley Lab has taken a systematic look at its buildings in order to comply with government sustainability mandates, including Executive Order 13423 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

To efficiently and critically evaluate the sustainability of existing buildings and to identify cost-effective measures to meet the requirements of the mandates, Berkeley Lab combined standard facility condition assessments with comprehensive green building assessments in partnership with VFA.

A comprehensive integrated facilities assessment, analysis, planning, work execution and reporting system was developed to ensure that maintenance investments are spent wisely in support of the scientific mission and planned with sustainability and resource conservation as priorities. The Department of Energy has recognized Berkeley Lab for developing a best-practice integrated facilities management solution.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

Director of Product Marketing Susan Irving to Discuss Harnessing Mobile Technology for Facility Self-Assessments

BOSTON—October 30, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be presenting at the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace, October 31 to November 2, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. VFA will also be exhibiting in Booth 510 and featuring VFA.auditor®, its facility self-assessment solution, and VFA.facility®, its facility capital planning and management software.

Susan Irving, director of product marketing, VFA, will discuss “Harnessing Mobile Technology for Facility Self-Assessments” on Thursday, November 1, at 2:30 p.m. Organizations face an ongoing challenge of assessing and managing the condition and required investment of its facilities.  Some opt to meet this challenge by using their own staff to collect data using a survey-driven approach.  In tandem,  advances in mobile technology are driving new efficiencies across businesses, including facility condition assessments.

Attendees will learn how a facility self-assessment solution is an efficient way to baseline facility data, identify trouble areas, and keep data up-to-date.  When conducted with market-leading mobile devices like an iPad or Android tablet, organizations experience faster adoption, more productivity and greater transparency into the facility self-assessment process.

On Wednesday, October 31, Susan Buchanan, LEED AP, project director, VFA, will receive a 2012 FMJ Editor’s Picks Award for her contributed article, “Sustainability on a Budget,” that was published in the January/February issue of Facility Management Journal. The award reception will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the press room.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 45 minutes
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

When evaluating your real estate portfolio, assessments generally focus on facility condition and the structural and systems repair and renewal investments required to maintain or improve that condition. However, in order to truly understand the whole picture and make intelligent decisions, it’s important to take a broader approach and couple the facility condition with a look at the functional adequacy. Individual facilities should be evaluated to determine if they are still suited for the original purpose, or if they need to be modified for new uses. Understanding the “WHY” plays an important role in determining intelligent investment choices.

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VFA and Client New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority to Present on Prioritizing and Funding Projects

BOSTON—October 23, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be co-presenting with client New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority at the 17th annual New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference (NMIFC), October 23-25, 2012 in Taos, N.M. VFA will also be exhibiting in Booth 30.

Michael Wintz, business director, state and local government/education, VFA, and Bob Gorrell, executive director, New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority, will be presenting “Prioritizing Projects at the Local Level: The Public Schools Model, How it Works and How it Could be Applied to Your Community” on Tuesday, October 23, at 3 p.m. Jimmy Rodriguez, executive capital analyst, Capital Outlay Bureau, Department of Finance and Administration, will moderate the session.

The funding prioritization model for school capital funding in New Mexico allocates funds to objectively-determine “greatest needs.” The model is regarded as a national best practice and considered fair by New Mexico’s school districts. Attendees will learn if a similar model can be used by local communities and/or regions to allocate funding in a more efficient and effective manner.

VFA helps public school systems to effectively demonstrate the need for funding and create capital budgets based on accurate, objective data. VFA will be featuring its facility self-assessment solution, VFA.auditor®, and its facility capital planning and management software, VFA.facility®. VFA.auditor offers facility managers an efficient and cost-effective way to gather reliable facility condition data across school facilities. It is a standalone solution for schools that conduct assessments with their own staff or a complementary solution for schools that also use third parties for assessments. Integration with VFA.facility lets schools take advantage of robust prioritization, business intelligence and what-if scenario tools to develop a defensible capital plan.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

Dates: November 6 – November 8, 2012
Venue:
Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec

Come visit us at Booth #10!

VFA and Client Virginia Military Institute to Present on Managing Facilities in Support of Military Tradition and Educational Excellence

BOSTON—October 12, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be co-presenting with VFA client Virginia Military Institute at the 61st annual Southeastern Regional Association of Physical Plant Administrators (SRAPPA) Conference, “Connections,” October 14-16, 2012 in Lexington, Va.

Peter Scanlon, vice president, professional services, VFA, and Major Richard Fletcher, P.C., Maintenance Reserve Program Manager, Virginia Military Institute (VMI), will be presenting “Managing Facilities in Support of Military Tradition and Educational Excellence” on Tuesday, October 16, at 1:45 p.m. Attendees will learn how VMI is taking a strategic approach to understanding condition, required funding and prioritization of its facilities.

At VMI, the physical environment is an important element of support for the development of cadets. Founded in 1839, VMI’s long history and proud traditions have unique implications for facilities planning and management. With the oldest buildings on the Post dating back to 1818, coupled with the demands of modern education and military preparation, VMI recently engaged VFA to conduct facility condition assessments. VMI analyzed the results in VFA’s facilities capital planning software, VFA.facility®, and identified a significant backlog of deferred maintenance.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 45 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

Innovations in mobile technology are enabling colleges and universities to approach facility condition data collection more effectively.

Using an in-house assessment program to keep facility condition data current and actionable, James Madison University’s facility organization (JMU) is able to reduce the time and effort normally spent on data collection, allowing the team more time to effectively manage a growing facility portfolio and comply with state mandates.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How JMU is using up-to-date condition data and analysis to integrate the facilities planning process with the University’s strategic planning efforts
  • About the people, process and tools JMU is using to achieve their goals
  • How using the VFA.auditor self-assessment tool on the Apple iPad has resulted in significant productivity gains

Speakers:
Charles Grimm, CM, FICAS Property Inspector/Assessor Supervisor, James Madison University
Scott Cormier, Senior Director of Product Management, VFA, Inc.
Susan Irving, Director, VFA Product Marketing, VFA, Inc.

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

Many corporations today are unable to effectively leverage their real estate assets. Passive management of facilities leaves them vulnerable to potentially costly business risks associated with poor regulatory and environmental compliance as well as lack of business continuity due to facility failure. They have inconsistent approaches to setting standards, determining priorities and making decisions with respect to these assets. Finally, they lack accurate cost forecasts to guide sensible budget planning for the years ahead.

VFA helps corporations to fully leverage their real estate assets, manage their business risks and establish a methodology to translate their priorities into smart decisions. Facilities management and planning teams have used VFA solutions to tie their real estate approaches to strategic business priorities in a decisive and disciplined fashion.

At the CoreNet Global Summit, today through tomorrow in Orlando, VFA is exhibiting in Booth 736. Tommy Byrd of Johnson & Johnson, a VFA client, will be presenting “Managing Infrastructure Risk for the Future” on Tuesday, October 9, at 8:50 a.m.

Stop by the booth, we’ll be there!

VFA Client Johnson & Johnson to Present on Managing Infrastructure Risk for the Future

BOSTON—October 5, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be featuring its facilities capital planning and self-assessment solutions at the CoreNet Global Summit, October 7-9, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. VFA will be exhibiting in Booth 736.

Tommy Byrd, staff engineer, Infrastructure Management, Johnson & Johnson, a VFA client, will be presenting “Managing Infrastructure Risk for the Future” on Tuesday, October 9, at 8:50 a.m.

VFA helps corporations to fully leverage their real estate assets, manage their business risks and establish a methodology to translate their priorities into smart decisions. Facility management and planning teams have used VFA solutions to tie their real estate approaches to strategic business priorities in a decisive and disciplined fashion.

VFA.facility® capital planning software enables corporations to manage information about facility assets and leverage that information in the creation of capital projects, plans and budgets. VFA.auditor® self-assessment software offers facility managers an efficient and cost-effective way to gather reliable facility condition data across facilities and prioritize identified issues. It is a standalone solution for corporations that conduct assessments with their own staff or a complementary solution for corporations that also use third parties for assessments.

Visitors to the booth at the CoreNet Global Summit can see a demo of VFA.auditor Mobile™, the mobile client that supports the flexibility and versatility of condition data collection using mobile tablets.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.