Facilities professionals are key to our industry as they manage some of the biggest assets in a community – the buildings! They keep systems working harmoniously and ensure that the building is functioning at its most efficient. Facility personnel often wear many hats and constantly work to mitigate environmental impact, manage risks to the building and its people, create long-term strategies for cost management, add technological solutions, ensure compliance, and leverage security. The International Facility Management Association supports and these professionals with continuing education, networking, and career development opportunities. It’s the largest and most recognized facility management association with 20,000 members in 106 countries and has operated since the 1980s. IMFA encourages environmental stewardship, open and honest communication, global diversity, and excellence and growth. We were proud to assist them in their mission by sharing our knowledge and fostering discussions last week at our Aims Community College jobsite.
We hosted the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Facility Management Association at our Aims Community College Welcome Center project. Members, led by project manager Brady Fountain and superintendent Larry Fieldler, toured the building alongside the Aims Community College Facilities staff. Along the way they discussed elements of the building and new practices in facilities management. The Aims Welcome Center will feature several elements that need specialized management and upkeep. One of the biggest features will be the glass curtain walls which require extra consideration in the design and construction phase because of the impact they have on warming and cooling the building. We have installed special heat systems that will help heat the building efficiently as well as strategically placed decorative beams to reduce the amount of sunlight entering the building. Our team loved getting to talk about how our project will be used and hosting the IFMA chapter building connections throughout the industry.