Dates: September 18-19, 2013
Venue: Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

Join us in beautiful Victoria for a welcome reception Wednesday evening and an all-day forum on Thursday, featuring customer speakers and the opportunity to hear directly from VFA executives.

Schedule:

  • Wednesday  Sept. 18th  6:00pm – 8:00pm:  Welcome Reception
  • Thursday      Sept. 19th  8:00am – 4:30pm:      Conference Sessions
  • Friday           Sept. 20th  8:30am – 4:30pm:      Post-Conference Training Sessions ($300 ea.)

Agenda: (click here)

Accommodations:
The “Group” rate for this event is now closed. To make a reservation please contact The Fairmont Empress directly at 1-800-441-1414

Questions? Need More Information?
Please contact Julie Cunniff at jcunniff@vfa.com or (617) 772-8229

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific
Length: 45 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

Facility managers are constantly under pressure to justify budgetary needs when requesting funding.  Many organizations today continue to rely on subjective in-house knowledge of the assets and systems, but find that this does not provide enough funding validation for key decision makers.

A persuasive business case for funding starts with empirical data on the condition of the facilities.  When this data is used as the basis for an objective, mission-driven prioritization of deferred maintenance requirements and capital renewals, organizations have sound and irrefutable evidence to validate funding requests.

Join us for this live webinar and learn how facilities teams have deploying a capital planning solution that enabled them to:

  • Make optimum decisions regarding capital investments
  • Effectively communicate the case for funding with external stakeholders
  • Justify an annual Capital Asset Renewal and Replacement Plan
  • Obtain a holistic view of the facilities condition across the portfolio

Speaker: Joe Xavier

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

Turning an organization’s strategic facilities plan, which often has a five- to ten-year horizon, into an actionable annual budget can be challenging. Few organizations are fortunate enough to be able to fund all of the capital requirements they have identified. So the process of prioritization begins! This is step four in the process of facilities capital planning and management.

Organizations must create consistent criteria for evaluating each project, in line with strategic objectives, and follow a consistent process for applying those criteria. Statistical ranking methods, such as pair-wise comparisons, can be used to facilitate the process. After each capital request is enumerated individually, all requests for a funding source can be ranked by score.

When organizations have a basis for making informed decisions about project prioritization and capital budget allocation, they are less vulnerable to emergency failures. Emergency repair projects typically result in hefty premiums for labor, rushed shipments, unplanned one-off purchases, and loss of productivity.

How are you prioritizing facility projects?

Dates: April 21 – April 23, 2013
Venue: Seaport Boston Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

Our annual three-day customer conference features a range of speakers including industry leaders, VFA experts, and your peers, as well as the CapStar Awards dinner, and the sights and sounds of Boston.

We invite you to submit a speaking proposal for VFA Connections 2013.  Your proposed topic may address any aspect of facilities capital planning and management, or capital spend management.  All selected speakers will receive one free registration for the conference and one night’s complimentary hotel accommodation.

Schedule:

  • Sunday evening:                  Welcome reception
  • Monday:                                Conference sessions and CapStar Awards Dinner
  • Tuesday:                                Conference sessions until 4:30 pm

Questions? Need More Information?
Please contact Julie Cunniff at connections@vfa.com or (617) 772-8229

Register & find out more

 

BURNABY, B.C.—November 5, 2012—VFA Canada Corporation, the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be presenting at the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) National Workshop, November 6-8, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec. VFA will also be exhibiting in Booth 10 and featuring VFA.facility®, its facility capital planning and management software, and its facility condition assessments services.

Susan Anson, president, VFA Canada, will discuss “Are you Throwing Good Money at Bad Buildings? Decision-Making Beyond Building Condition Data” on Wednesday, November 7 at 3:45 p.m. When deciding whether a building merits further investment, it’s important to take a strategic, three-pronged approach, looking at the facility portfolio holistically and examining facility condition, demographics and functional adequacy to do comprehensive portfolio rationalization analysis.

Attendees will learn how any analysis, in order for it to be valid, must be based on accurate, objective data, including an understanding of current facility condition and remediation costs, functionality and demographics. Without access to detailed information regarding these issues, facilities managers and capital planners find it virtually impossible to decide whether buildings warrant further investment or are ready for disposition.

Anson will also be participating in an “Ask the Expert” table session on best practices in prioritization for decision-making on Thursday, November 8 at 8:45 a.m. All facilities teams face the challenge of prioritization, especially with tight budgets, regardless of the type of facilities they manage or the population they serve. Attendees will learn best practices in objectively prioritizing projects and developing defensible capital budgets.

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

At IFMA World Workplace, the International Facility Management Association’s annual conference and exhibition, on Thursday, November 1, at 2:30 p.m., Susan Irving of VFA will discuss “Harnessing Mobile Technology for Facility Self-Assessments.” Attendees will learn how a facility self-assessment solution is an efficient way to baseline facility condition data, identify trouble areas, and keep data up-to-date. When conducted with market-leading mobile devices like an iPad or Android tablet, self-assessment leads to more productivity.

VFA is exhibiting in Booth 510 and featuring VFA.auditor®, its facility self-assessment solution, and VFA.facility®, its facility capital planning and management software.

Yesterday, Susan Buchanan, LEED AP and project director at VFA, received a 2012 FMJ Editor’s Picks Award for her contributed article, “Sustainability on a Budget,” from the January/February issue of Facility Management Journal.

On Friday night, VFA client Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facilities Division will be awarded the IFMA Sheila Sheridan Award for Sustainable Design and Energy Efficient Projects.

We’re pleased to see our clients and employees recognized for their contributions to the practice of facility management. We hope to see you at IFMA World Workplace.

Facilities Manager