Past Events

Past Events

Past Meeting and Event Reviews 

May Monthly Meeting

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C

On Wednesday, June 14th, GTC of IFMA gathered at the Embassy Suites in Cary to hear representatives from the Triangle Chapter of the US Green Building Council speak about their organization’s proactive mission to lower carbon emissions from buildings. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for buildings and communities that guides their design, construction, operations and maintenance toward sustainability. It’s based on prerequisites and credits that a project meets to achieve a certification level: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum (the highest).

Alicia Ravetto, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Alicia Ravetto Architect
Ms. Ravetto explained the overall depth the USGBC’s guidelines are practiced. For instance, over 150 countries use LEED standards and there are currently 235,000 LEED professionals. The largest LEED tenant in the United States is the federal government itself (GSA or General Services Administration). It could be speculated this has had a trickle-down effect in terms of government incentives and legislation. In North Carolina, green building bonuses are given to developers for incorporating sustainability. Additionally, Senate Bill 668 mandates the energy usage equivalence of ASHRAE 90.1-2004 into new or renovated buildings owned by the state of North Carolina.

This is only one piece in a much larger puzzle of building better performing, healthier buildings. Integral to a building’s performance is its effect on the health and well-being of its occupants. So, why is this important?
· We spend 90% of our time indoors
· 90% of employees admit negative feelings regarding their office environment
· 90% of a typical company’s resources is spent on its employees
· Higher cognitive function occurs when in high-performing buildings

Candis Parker, former USGBC Triangle Branch Chair, LEED AP BD+C, Balfour Beatty
Ms. Parker talked about managing the construction of green buildings. In order to achieve the best results when building or renovating a high-performing building, it is important to ensure all core stakeholders are involved early in the preconstruction process. Subcontractors are excellent resources in upfront project planning. Most have built similar projects and can lend valuable knowledge and lessons learned from anything from systems performance to material selection.

Ms. Parker also shared a few examples of extremely high performing buildings like Balfour Beatty’s Edith Green ­­­Wendell Wyatt federal building in Portland, OR. As a LEED Platinum renovation project, even the construction process itself provided points towards its overall rating. For instance, 87% of construction waste was diverted from landfills – which is equivalent to over 7,214 tons or the weight of the Eiffel Tower!

Janet Hoover, Janet M. Hoover, CPM, CFM, LEED Green Associate, Jones Lang LaSalle
Ms. Hoover spoke about operating and maintaining green buildings. First, facilities’ focus is on the internal environment and its effect on occupant comfort. For instance, exterminating and janitorial services could use less toxic products, which are equally effective and do not necessarily cost more. Also, companies can maintain sustainability even if their buildings are not certified. In addition to maintenance services, building occupants can also participate in sustainability by recycling, composting and by using less disposable goods.

>> To learn more about the US Green Building Council, visit or
>> If you’re interested USGBC’s local chapter, please visit


Mike Bradley Memorial IFMA Foundation Gold Tournament 2017

By Todd Taintor, Golf Committee Co-chair

This year’s Mike Bradley Memorial IFMA Foundation Golf Tournament was a huge success thanks to our membership and sponsors! Below are the tournament winners:

1st place-Josh Foltz, Patrick Dickerson, Mike Ferguson, Rick Porter
2nd place-John Stollmeyer, Kris Slimmer, Cornell Beans, Jerry Cassidy
3rd place-Jason Moon, Jae Jeong, Nick Post, Zach Miller
Had the most fun-Matt Gardner, Sarah Ellis, Gail Vaughn, Alan Davis

Closest to the pin #3-Rick Croom
Closest to the pin #7-Josh Foltz
Closest to the pin #11-Nathan Presnal
Closest to the pin #17-Mark Yeatts
Men’s long drive #9-Justin Frady
Women’s long drive #16-Christina Grimes
Straight drive #12-Justin Frady

Special thanks to the following members/companies for donating door prizes for the tournament: Backyard Bistro, Brady Services, Carolina Restoration Services, CertaPro Painters, CFE Roofing, Coordinated Loss Services, EDS, Enpuricon, Floorscape, Greenview Partners, McDonald York, MG Capital, REI Engineers Restore Pro Reconstruction, Scotties

And special thanks to the following sponsors and support of this event:

Perkins + Will-Grand prize giveaway Scotty Cameron putter

Piedmont Service Group-raised $400 towards IFMA foundation scholarship program

Restore Pro Reconstruction-putting contest

Finally, this annual event would not be successful without the planning and organization from the golf committee.  Special thanks to the following:  Buck Fisher, Mike Kriston, Mike MacDonagh, Nicole Murphy, Nancy Padgett, Cris Karasek, Rob Skinner and all of our volunteers.

We look forward to another successful IFMA golf tournament next year.


March Monthly Meeting

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C

On Wednesday, March 8th, Ira Bass, aka Your LinkedIn Guy, highlighted the value of the primary business social media platform, LinkedIn. A few key aspects of the LinkedIn platform are designed to help you personally grow and propel your business forward and includes profile optimization for increasing your profile visibility and advanced search techniques. To effectively take full advantage of LinkedIn’s potential as a marketing, branding, new business development / social selling tool, Ira revealed the following:

  • Complete your profile! LinkedIn ranks you based on usage, so the more connections you make, the more you add to others’ content and the more you share about yourself on your profile and post to the feed – the more your account becomes a thorough, marketable digital portfolio.
  • Brand your profile. On your profile page, there is a headline that appears under your name that allows 120 characters. Use all of them. And don’t just fill in your title. Treat this as a tagline for yourself, a way to tell people what you actually do. This will also help optimize your online search ability. Media (video, presentations, website links, etc.) can also be attached to your profile.
  • Search engine optimization. The words you carefully choose on the aforementioned headline will allow you to target a certain audience via key words used.
  • Reach out thoughtfully. When sending connection requests, include a personal message. This will take it from a cold call to a warm call. One example could read “Greetings, Bob. I would like to schedule a meeting to see how we can help each other.”

To find out more from Ira Bass, please go to: or check out his LinkedIn profile at:


March Madness Event

We are pleased to announce the March Madness Bracket Challenge and Cornhole event raised $861.65 for the Boys and Girls Club.

Special thanks to the following sponsors of this event:

Kimball/Creative Business Interiors

Carolina Restoration Services

Service Roofing and Sheet Metal


February Monthly Meeting

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C & Hardik Raval, The Flying Locksmiths

On February 8th, GTC of IFMA gathered for its monthly meeting to hear John Rimer, CFM with 19 Years Facility Management and Owner at FM360 Consulting present the value of facility management.  Mr. Rimer’s philosophy is based on creating shared visions and goals as well as establishing a team that works with you – not against you.  In order to have effective facility management, there are multiple factors that must be considered.  Having a robust reactive maintenance plan, rather than a deferred maintenance plan, has proven to potentially double productivity in the workplace.  Reactive maintenance could also reduce the operation and maintenance costs by up to 50%.  To find the real associated cost, the focus should be on the “triple” bottom line, which includes financial, social, and environmental factors.  In order to establish these parameters, you must know your stakeholders and manage those relationships by being present and available.  Surveys are a great way to understand the expectations the stakeholders have of their workplace environment, as well as measure how effectively its facilities group is achieving its objectives.   Key Performance Indicators should be the focus of the measurement index.  Based on feedback, an analysis must be done to improve by adapting tools and trainings.  Finally, share your progress!  Newsletters, emails, website/boards, face-to-face are a great way of communicating success.


January Monthly Meeting

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

On Wednesday, January 11th, GTC of IFMA gathered for its first meeting of 2017 to hear Ted Connor, Vice President, Economic Development and Community Sustainability, speak about Durham 2.0 – what’s in store for the City of Durham over the next 10 years.  Through $1.5 in investment since 2000, Durham has managed to achieve exponential employment growth: 3,800 to 17,500 jobs, increased its residential units from 112 to 3,000, and has gone from 70% to 96% office occupancy.  Durham’s main markets are life sciences, IT/informatics, education, environmental, finance, transportation and automation and includes global companies headquartered in Durham like IBM, Bayer CropScience, and Bronto.  This may have something to do with the fact that the Triangle is an area where its many college graduates stay in town, which is key in making this area more attractive to the next generation of workers.  This retention of highly educated people has only contributed to the 18,000+ patents awarded and the 500+ startups created since the year 2000.  Durham has also produced brilliant minds like Dr. Paul Modrich who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for having mapped how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard genetic information.

So, that’s where Durham is now, but where is it going?  It’s difficult to imagine the positive trends of nearly the past 2 decades changing any time soon. In its many urban centers, mixed-use development is on the rise.  One such notable project is Durham ID which is the development of 1.5 acres in the heart of downtown Durham.  Breaking ground in 2017, it will include 1.4 million square feet when complete.  Durham also has plans for a multitude of hotels, apartments, condominiums; many of which are already underway.  Another prominent and important project is the Park Center Plan which will transform 100 acres in RTP into a vibrant and affordable place to live, work and play. The direction for Durham’s future is best summed up in the following statement: Thanks in large part to the leadership, creativity and hard work of our business community, we’ve all been witness to a uniquely Durham success story — a story about economic growth, community involvement and amazing forward momentum. Simply put, Durham is on the move. And with Durham 2.0, the Chamber intends to keep it that way

To read the full strategy for Durham 2.0, please follow this link:


December Social

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

On Thursday, December 8th, GTC of IFMA gathered for a solid dose of holiday cheer at Bond Brothers Beer Company located at 202 East Cedar Street in Cary, NC.  Alongside the excellent company, tasty beer and snacks, the crowd was divided into several tour groups and taken on an onsite brewery tour.

The tour started with the milling machine that kicks off the beer-making process.  It grinds raw ingredients such as barley, wheat, rye, and malted oats, then transports them directly to another machine to soak in hot water for about an hour.  The solids are then separated from the liquid, and instead of being discarded to a landfill, are utilized as feed for cattle.  The liquid is transported to the boil kettle where the hops are added.  The next step transfers the liquid to the heat exchanger where it is cooled from 212 degrees to 98 degrees in only 30 seconds.  It is then that yeast is added and the fermentation process begins, which can take anywhere from 8 months to 2 years depending on the type of beer being brewed.

It’s no surprise that the immediate success following the April 2016 opening made possible its inevitable event space expansion (booking now – opening soon).  Bond Brothers’ clean, modern, unfussy space with ample outdoor seating makes a welcome addition to Cary’s beer scene.  And last but not least, the quality of the beer is outstanding (so says both recreational drinkers and beer snobs alike).  But you should definitely find out for yourself!

A “HUGE THANK YOU” to our After‐Hours Social Sponsors: CertaPro Painters of Cary-Apex/Sherwin Williams, Jay’s Building Maintenance, Pure Water Innovation and EDS.


November Chapter Appreciation Event

By Nicole Murphy

Second chance prom was certainly a “Night to Remember”!

With this year’s theme, we had a such a fun time dressing up in our old (or new) prom attire. And what better way to compliment the theme than having our very own prom king and queen. It was hard selecting the best dressed as there were so many to choose from. We are happy to announce the 2016 Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA’s prom King and Queen  (DRUM ROLL PLEASE)…… Meg and Ed Lavoie!  Thank you both for participating and for starting the night off with your first dance!

Congratulations to our 2016 Chapter Awards Winners:

Professional Member of the Year – Randall Goller
Associate Member of the Year – Amanda Frendberg
Rookie of the Year – Haley Conover
Committee Member of the Year – Sara Gilbert
Sponsor of the Year – Balfour Beatty


October Monthly Meeting

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

On Wednesday, October 12th, GTC of IFMA gathered at Embassy Suites in Cary to hear John Burns, Wake County Commissioner, discuss the Wake County Transit Plan and the important fall referendum vote.

The Wake County Transit Plan is designed to address the ever-increasing traffic due to our area’s rapid population growth. In fact, it is predicted that by 2035, the average commute time will double to 50 minutes and all major roads will be at or beyond capacity.  Studies have shown that people who take transit are healthier and happier, one reason is time used sitting in traffic can be used productively.  Additionally, air and water are less polluted by vehicle emissions, and open space is protected as transit will help guide development.

Over 11% of Wake County’s residents live below the federal poverty level.  Given the average household spends roughly 19% of its income on transportation, the county’s poorest residents cannot afford reliable transportation.  This will be of great value to residents of all income levels living in more rural communities as it plans to connect these communities to job centers/urban cores with expanded services hours of 5:30 – 12:30 am, 7 days a week.  See the following link for connectivity map:

This bus service, also called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), will allow the buses to move at a faster rate than traffic by providing dedicated bus lanes, signal priority (the light turns green as bus approaches) and ticket kiosks.  At peak service times, a bus will stop every 15 minutes. As seen in cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle where BRT has been implemented, office space rose by 33% and multifamily apartments doubled within a ½ mile of BRT routes.

If the Wake County Transit Plan were to pass, 54% of homes and 80% of jobs would be within walking distance of transit.  This means an increase in economic competitiveness:  every $1 spent on public transit = $4 in economic returns.  How does that work?  The newly available and improved accessibility will attract new business, add jobs, expand the tax base and increase property values.  If fully implemented in the Triangle, regional transit could potentially help generate $26 billion in sales.  As seen in Charlotte in recent years, 13 new developments and 750 new businesses were created as a result of their new transit network.

For more info or to endorse this referendum: or

Follow on Twitter and Facebook:  @WakeForTransit, #WakeForTransit


September Monthly Meeting

By Haley Conover

This month the GTC of IFMA welcomed speaker John Kane of the Kane Realty Corporation to speak on the topic of “Beyond North Hills”. Kane graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He is a member multiple prestigious organizations, has sat on numerous boards including the Economic Development Board of North Carolina, on which he currently serves.

After discussing the original mission of the North Hills development, Kane spoke of lessons learned and applied to expansion efforts including the CAPTRUST Tower and Renaissance Raleigh. Mixed-use projects such as Stanhope (multi-story student housing and retail near NC State) and the Dillion (an 18-story office tower with retail space and two six-story apartment buildings in downtown Raleigh) highlight Kane’s exceptional understanding and innovation in creating spaces where people want to be.

Thank you so much to all who were able to attend and who battled their way through an unexpected NC WIC Conference to find our humble check-in table. A special thanks to Amanda Frendberg who has sign spinning skills that suggest she may have a second calling. We will be returning to the Embassy Suites again next month, but we’ve been assured there will be 100% fewer baby food vendors.


August Active Assailant Professional Only Event

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

On Thursday, August 25th, GTC of IFMA gathered at the historic circa 1915 Matthews House in Cary for tour followed by an insightful panel discussion on active assailants.  The following experts discussed the violence that occurs all-too-often at the workplace and in public gathering places:

Lou Velasco, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte Field Office/Raleigh Resident Agency

Dirk German, Special Agent in Charge, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) and Criminal Intelligence Unit

Vic Ward, Captain, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC)

John Christman, U.S. Corporate Security Manager, Bayer Corporation

Tomas Mathews, Senior Vice President of  Human Resources, Cree

Major Richard E. Hoffman, Raleigh Police Department

The discussion started off by highlighting the August 13th incident of hysteria at the Crabtree Valley Mall and revealed the Raleigh police department’s 3 main takeaways from that incident:

  1. This was a game changer. The threat, whether real or perceived, can still cause harm.  There were people treated for broken bones due to trampling caused by stampedes for the door.  One person even jumped from the 3rd story parking deck.
  2. A plan exercised is critical to mitigate an incident.  Just because something looks good on paper doesn’t mean it works in real life.  In this instance, the scale of the area (the entire mall) limited the communications by the unarmed mall police and the first responders.
  3. The rate at which information is circulated can help or hurt the situation.  The earlier a piece of information is distributed, the less likely it is to be accurate and the incident at the Crabtree Valley Mall is no exception.  Concerned civilians were reported to arrive at the mall (shortly after it was shut down) with firearms offering to assist the police in looking for the alleged shooter.

Having a relationship with your neighbors is of vital importance in any threat situation.  For instance, the evacuees from Crabtree Valley Mall were sent across the street to the Marriot Hotel who graciously opened their doors to those who could not otherwise leave.

For an active assailant in the workplace, it’s important to recognize a threat before it becomes a threat, and how to mitigate the injuries/fatalities should an incident occur.

People don’t just “snap.”  There are always indicators which can go unreported, that could include:

  • Grievances at the workplace / combative behavior
  • Poor job performance or being reprimanded / terminated
  • Ideals
  • Domestic problems
  • Negative speech / writing
  • Research / planning an attack
  • Excessive drinking, substance abuse
  • Missing work
  • Mental illness

The ways in which a potential violent situation can be prevented are:

  • Pre-employment background screenings and periodical post-employment re-screenings
  • Create a culture where employees can anonymously report odd behavior without the stigma of backlash or retribution
  • Create an Employee Assistance Program offering help with financial, domestic, and other personal issues
  • Develop and practice a response system

Should an active assailant situation occur in your workplace, there are things you can do to minimize injury and fatalities.  Make sure ALL your employees know to:  RUN, HIDE or FIGHT.

1)      RUN – If you can get away from the active shooter – this is the best chance for survival

2)      HIDE – If an escape is obstructed, it is advised to hide. Find a conference room, lock the door, turn out the lights, silence cell phones, keep quiet, stay out of sight (preferably behind a substantial structure)

3)      FIGHT – This is the last option.  If running and hiding are not feasible, you must act swiftly and aggressively.  Use whatever you can as a weapon.

For more info, please watch this video:

There is no profile for the type of person who becomes an active assailant.  There is no template for every situation.  And, sadly, an active assailant situation is 60% over before police arrive.  That is why it is essential for every workplace to have a Crisis Management Center.  It can be as simple as a few plastic bins that contain HR information, site maps, contact information.  You can also consider having a “go bag” for law enforcement which would contain keys, access badges, security radio, an emergency contact manual, site maps/diagrams, and maintenance / facility manager contact information.  It’s also helpful to have a reliable and fast way to communicate to your employees.  A few online providers that specialize in mass notification are and


July Monthly Meeting and FM Day Social

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

On the warm, sunny afternoon of Wednesday, July 13, GTC of IFMA Triangle celebrated FM Day by gathering at Brier Creek Country Club for a guest lecture followed by a silent auction.  Ken Atkins, Director of Economic Development at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, spoke about the current and future development of the sprawling 7,000-acre Chatham Park mixed-use community in Pittsboro, NC.  The long-term vision for Chatham Park, over its 40-year buildout, will include 22,000 residential units, 16.5 million square feet of Class “A” office, research/development, and data center space, medical facilities, retail, greenspace, and all associated infrastructure.  The developing community will essentially be self-sustaining, and one such planned strategy is with the use of rain water.  The intent is to have zero runoff from the entire property into the Haw River and Jordan Lake.  Two examples are the capture of rainwater and storm runoff via awnings in public spaces, as well as the use of “smart” streets.  “Smart” streets include deep culverts that absorb runoff to be collected and used for irrigation and heating/cooling units, and potentially as grey water in residential units.  Continuing the vision of the future, helicopter and drone landing pads will be installed, specifically to service the medical services in Chatham Park.  One particular use for the drone technology is for transporting blood samples, which will enable the blood labs to produce test results in as little as 30 minutes after collection.  Another high-tech feature is the 10G high speed internet that will be available to commercial areas and 1G service for residential use.  In fact, WiFi will be added to the 50 miles of greenway trails so there will never be a reason to be disconnected!

The incredible scale of Chatham Park alone will service 2-4% of the projected 1-million-person population increase in the Triangle in the next 20 years.  In a study conducted by NC State, the construction of Chatham Park will result in the generation of approximately $140 billion in revenue and the creation of 61,000 jobs in the next 40 years.

To learn more about the Chatham Park development, please visit

Following the Chatham Park presentation was a happy hour and silent auction which raised a total of $1,135 for the Global Workforce Initiative!


June New Member Orientation and Luncheon

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

At our June 8th monthly luncheon meeting, GTC of IFMA held its New Member Orientation meeting – WELCOME new IFMA Triangle members!  Afterwards, we also welcomed back professional speaker Jeff Nischwitz to discuss enhancing our leadership skills through self-awareness and emotional intelligence.  In his presentation, he highlighted the importance of authenticity, accountability, honesty and vulnerability (the ability to openly accept feedback) as keys to effective leadership and, more importantly, happiness in everyday life.  Delivered with humor and utter sincerity, Jeff invited us to “wake up” and understand the way our own insecurities undermine our success and stand in the way of our ability to forge deep, connected and meaningful relationships.  For more information on Jeff’s program, please visit:


May 21c Museum Hotel Tour and Tyler’s Social

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

Wednesday, May 18th marked the day for IFMA Triangle’s tour of Durham’s legendary 21C Museum Hotel.  Multiple tour groups were led from the $1,200-per-night penthouse suite all the way down to the original subterranean bank vaults which remain mostly intact today.  Designed by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon (same architects of the Empire State Building) the 17-story building’s 2-year-long construction was completed in 1937.  It originally served as Durham Bank and Trust and Ellis-Stone Department Store until the mid-1960s when it became the CCB Bank/SunTrust.  In 2007, the building was purchased by Greenfire Development and with the intent to turn it into a boutique hotel.  The renovation, completed in 2015, was also a 2-year construction schedule.  Many of the building’s original architectural elements remain intact such as the terrazzo floors, the pecan wood paneling in the bank teller room (now the “ballroom”), windows, and security features.  The space now boasts 125 guest rooms, 10,500 square feet of gallery space, multiple meeting/event rooms, a gym, spa and the aptly named “Counting House” lounge and restaurant.  The one cohesive element seen throughout every single room in the building?  Contemporary art.  And lots of it!  Not surprisingly, the 21C franchise, owned by Kentucky-based bourbon heiress, Laura Lee Brown and husband Steve Brown, have a passion for art and for revitalizing historic “main street” buildings.  They love to exhibit the work of local and international artists in a way that elicits an emotion from the viewer.  For instance, Angela Ellsworth’s Sister Wives sculpture is displayed prominently in the lobby and features two beautiful pearlescent bonnets that, upon closer look, are actually lined with needles.

After the fascinating tour, the GTC of IFMA tour groups made their way to Tyler’s Taproom for happy hour, which was generously sponsored by GreenView Partners and Sparkkles.


Mike Bradley Memorial IFMA Foundation 2016 Golf Tournament

By Todd Taintor

This year’s Mike Bradley Memorial IFMA Foundation Golf Tournament was a huge success thanks to our membership and sponsors!

Below are the tournament winners:
1st Place:  Jason Moon, Jae Jeong, Randy Rabon
2nd Place: Josh Foltz, Rick Porter, Kevin Neuschafer, Zach Ritchie
3rd Place: Chris Jones, Bob Ezell, Aaron Sink, Thomas Thedieck
Had the Most Fun:  Jeff Tyburski, Lynn Dunn, Mary Heath, Matt Smith
Closest to the Pin #3-Jesal Acharya
Closest to the Pin #7-Andrew Strickland
Closest to the Pin #11-Aaron Layne
Closest to the Pin #17-Tim Taylor
Long Drive #9-Ryan Moran
Women’s Long Drive #16-Laura Shaw
Straightest Drive #12-Ethan Tecklenberg

Special thanks to these companies that donated door prizes for the tournament:  Admiral Security Services, Backyard BBQ, BC Solutions, Enpuricon, EDS Waterproofing, McDonald York, Perkins + Will, REI Engineers, and Tyler’s Taproom.

And thanks to the IFMA golf committee for planning and organizing another successful tournament:
Buck Fisher, Mike Kriston, Mike MacDonagh, Nicole Murphy, Nancy Padgett, Rob Skinner


April Professional Only Event

By Sara Gilbert

The GTC of IFMA hosted a Professional Members Only Event in April on “The Implementation of the WELL Standard” featuring Panelists Steve Kooy, LEED AP ID+C, Haworth, Inc., Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA, LEED BD+C, WELL AP, Little and Molly Fowler, Wells Fargo & Company. The panelist led a dynamic discussion highlighting components of “WELL Building Standard”, the benefits, certification and application process, highlighting how Wells Fargo is implementing components of the WELL standard.

The WELL Building Standard is performance and research based focusing on the human environment comprised of seven concepts: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. The WELL standard incorporates salutogenic design considering human neuroscience to help people function at the highest level possible.

In any company the largest investment is in the human component. The WELL standard creates environments focusing on the health of the workforce. Concepts discussed included:

  • Mind/body connection – biophilic design can decrease stress and lower blood pressure.
  • Directed attention fatigue – Go outside for 5 minutes to wake up and provide restoration when you hit the wall.
  • Circadian rhythm of our bodies considers the right lighting
  • Promoting activity and movement – Potential options
    • Signage promoting stair usage
    • Sit stand work surfaces
    • Balance balls

The WELL certification is relatively new, so there are very few experts. WELL does have a relatively new Accredited Professional (AP) program and the building certification process oversight is provided by the USGBC.

Ms. Fowler walked us through Wells Fargo’s five pilot projects with varying space types: office, training, call center, older building and new building. The focus was to investigate and implement health and well-being of team members. Wells Fargo has incorporated a team member centered approach, considering the right space in right markets incorporating sustainability, security, wellness and workplace 2020. Wells Fargo Program goals for the pilot projects incorporate the following WELL concepts:

  • Air – optimize and achieve optimum indoor air quality by enhanced cleaning protocol, testing and monitoring, ventilation and moisture control
  • Water – optimize quality while promoting accessibility
  • Nourishment – Encourage healthy eating habits by providing healthier choices, behavioral cues and knowledge about nutrient quality.
  • Light – minimize disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm to improve team members energy, mood and productivity
  • Fitness – provide opportunities for activity enabling team members to accommodate physical activity within the daily schedule.
  • Comfort – distraction free workplace, productive and soothing. Solutions include flexibility and adjustability in desks, chairs and monitor arm components.
  • Mind – support mental and emotional help including cultures of volunteerism, employee assistance, biophilia, artwork, beauty and culture

As a professional member I would like to thank the Chapter for continuing to provide informative programs combined with fun networking events allowing the IFMA family to grow.


Other Past Events

2016 – March Meeting

2016 – January Meeting

2015 – December Meeting

2015- November Meeting

2015 – October Meeting

2015 – September Meeting

2015 – Annual Picnic

2015 – August Meeting

2015- July Citrix Tour

2015 – June Meeting

2015- May Meeting

2015- Professional Only Event

2015 – February Meeting

2015-January Meeting

2014-December Meeting

2014 – December Chapter Appreciation

2014 – November Syngenta Tour

2014 – October Meeting

2014 – September Meeting

2014 – August Meeting

2014- July Meeting

2014 – June Meeting

2014 – Golf Recap

2014- June FM/BIM  Presentations (CHS Presentation / DKS Presentation)

2014 – April Meeting

2014 – April CFM and Bulls Game

2014 – March Meeting

2014 – January Meeting

2013 – December Meeting

2013-Chapter Appreciation

2013-October Monthly MeetingBCBS Video

2013-September Monthly Meeting

2013-August Tour

2013 July Monthly Meeting

2013 – FM Day

2013 June Monthly Meeting

2013 – May Networking Event

2013 –  May Monthly Meeting

2013 – April Monthly Meeting

2013 – March Community Outreach Event

2013 – March Monthly Meeting

2013 – February Networking Event

2013 – February Monthly Meeting

2013 – January Monthly Meeting

2013 Mega Networking Event

2012 – December Monthly Meeting

2012 – October Monthly Meeting

2012 – September Monthly Meeting

2012 – August Monthly Meeting

2012 – July Monthly Meeting

2012 – June Monthly Meeting

2012 – May Monthly Meeting

2012 – AFC Spring Conference 2012 @ Duke University

2012 – April Monthly Meeting

2012 – April Golf Event

2012 – March Monthly Meeting

2012 – Mega Networking Event

2012 – February Montly Meeting

2012 – January Monthly Meeting

2011 – December Monthly Meeting

2011 – November Monthly Meeting

2011 – Members Appreication Event

2011 – June’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – May’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – April’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – March’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – February’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – January’s Monthly Meeting