Atlanta chapter of the International Facility Management Association 


August 2012


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   Photos from the July Luncheon


Upcoming Events


August 2 Special Event

IFMA Atlanta's 30th Anniversary Gala   


August 16 Nonprofit Lunch and Learn

Roof Preventive Maintenance 101


August 22 Tour
Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building  




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With the publication of this August newsletter, IFMA Atlanta will celebrate our Thirtieth anniversary.  As we reflect on our Chapter's history and recognize our accomplishments, I think it is a good time to highlight the current vision and strategy of our organization. 

Vision Statement

The Atlanta Chapter of IFMA is the premier, focused resource for professional development and innovative solutions in strategic facility management.


Strategic Plan

In 2009, IFMA Atlanta adopted the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) methodology for our strategic planning process.  The BSC is a carefully selected set of measures and targets that the Board of Directors identifies in order to achieve our vision and strategic objectives.  The idea behind the BSC is to provide a framework to measure all the things we know to be important.  Our BSC includes four distinct, yet related areas: Stakeholder, Internal Processes, Leadership and Growth, and Financial.  In short, the BSC serves as a communication tool, measurement system and strategic management system.

As IFMA Atlanta implements our strategic plan, I would like to share some highlights:


Grow and engage Professional members:

Our targets include welcome letters for new members, emerging leader activities, and growing the career mentoring program.

Provide educational opportunities for professional development: Our targets include surveying member satisfaction with our education programs, offering CEUs through the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and exploring new program delivery methods.

Provide opportunities to build business relationships: Our targets include conducting focus groups, publicizing Chapter news in local media, and creating an online product and service directory.

Collaborate with strategic professional organizations: Our targets include maintaining professional development, sustainability and community service relationships with local organizations, supporting Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) and Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) Facility Management degree programs, and earning goodwill and exposure for IFMA Atlanta through promotional efforts of SPSU and GA Tech.

Streamline and communicate administrative processes: Our targets include maintaining a current website with a calendar of events, and communicating Board and Chapter activities to the full membership.

Create opportunities for personal and professional growth: Our targets include identifying and recruiting individuals to serve on committees and in leadership positions, and maintaining a succession plan through the annual nominating process.

Maintain viable fiscal position: Our targets include developing and managing a prudent Chapter budget, timely submittal of required reports, and conducting fundraising activities to supplement funding of Facility Management-related charitable giving.

The 2012-2013 Balanced Scorecard (BSC) may be viewed in full at

There are many opportunities for involvement in the chapter, and I hope each of you will find a way to make a difference in IFMA Atlanta.  Your active membership benefits our Chapter, and most importantly, helps you be more successful in your professional and personal life.

Annette Gorelick, IFMA Atlanta Chapter President 



Upcoming Events



Don't miss out on IFMA's 30th Anniversary "Green Carpet" Gala!


This event will be held on August 2nd at the Atlanta Botanical Garden from 4:30 - 7:30pm.  


Your registration includes: 

  • 2 drink tickets
  • Catered by an "Affair to Remember"
  • Robust entertainment
  • Silent Auction (this will be the only IFMA Silent Auction until the Spring Classic)
  • Admission to "Cocktails in the Garden" is included in the admis­sion cost
  • This will be the only membership meeting in August

There will be no August luncheon due to the gala event.


REGISTER HERE   Hope to see you there!



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August 16 - Nonprofit Lunch and Learn

Nonprofit Lunch & Learn: Roof Preventive Maintenance 101


IFMA Community Services Committee in partnership with Georgia Center for Nonprofits will present Roof Preventive Maintenance 101:  Prolonging the Life of Your Roof. Specifically addressing the concerns of our Nonprofit Partners and the nonprofit community, this workshop will teach simple steps for keeping a roof in good condition and, therefore, saving facility dollars. Participants will learn:


  • How to access the roof system and inspect the roof system safely
  • Why semi-annual inspections are important and the value to the building owner
  • How is the inspection documented
  • How inspections relate to the roof Warranty
  • When an "expert" is needed
  • Why all owners need to control the access to their roof


Speaker is Rick Yarbrough, Senior Project Manager for T.L. Gowin & Co., Inc., Commercial Roofing Contractors.  Program will begin with lunch at 11:30.  PowerPoint presentation, including time for Q&A, will conclude at 1:00.






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August 22 - Tour of Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building


Please join us to tour one of the largest construction projects in Atlanta during the early 1900's.  This seven-story granite and marble "starved classicism" style building contains outstanding examples of Art Deco-inspired ornamentation. This project achieved LEED Gold Certification and is a fusion of rehabilitation, preservation, recreation and sustainable design, using the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and the Building Preservation Plan as guidelines. The project was executed in multiple phases while the building remained occupied, the design and construction team dealing skillfully with changing safety, security, and accessibility complications. 









Past Events



Kennesaw State University Tour




Our IFMA tour of Kennesaw State University on June 28th was a fantastic tour that only covered three (3) of KSU's newer buildings, but it really showcased what this once smaller," higher-ed" campus has been doing over the last 5-10 years.  Approximately 25 of us started out with a noon lunch at the "Commons" campus dining hall, which is in the process of receiving its LEED Gold certification, and is listed as one of the top 5 university dining halls in the U.S.  Its "farm-to-table" approach with 2 nearby KSU-owned farms and an on-site herb garden really amazed us.  The tour then took us across a courtyard to the highly-esteemed & beautifully glass-fronted "Prillaman Health Sciences" building which has already received its LEED Gold accreditation.  The classroom & laboratory's technological offerings reminded many of us that it had been a long time since we had been to college....haha. 

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July Luncheon


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Thank you Ryan Ellis, Principal Program Specialist with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).  Ryan did a wonderful job of presenting information on the Regional Transportation Referendum.


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dan Also during the July luncheon, IFMA swore in Dan Walther, Treasurer, who could not make the June luncheon. 

Congratulations and welcome Dan!  




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The mission of IFMA Atlanta Community Services Committee is to assist nonprofit organizations in improving their facilities, maximizing the value of their facility dollars so that more funds can go to their program operations.  From the forming of the Committee in 1997, we have grown from serving one Nonprofit Partner to serving eight partners this past year.  Our reach is expanding, many thanks in part to our newly formed partnership with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN).  This year, we are serving 12 nonprofit partners. 


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GA Tech Corner

Elizabeth Wilson



1. What led you to start/pursue graduate studies at Georgia Tech?

My interest in FM evolved while I was pursuing my Bachelor of Architecture at Oklahoma State University.  During my summer breaks, I interned in the Facilities Management and Operations Center at Sandia National Laboratories and worked primarily in strategic planning and building operations.   The significant interaction I had with personnel within project and operations management, customers operations, and maintenance teams fueled my interest in facilities management, and the undergraduate project management courses I took solidified my decision to pursue a graduate degree in FM.  I discovered Georgia Tech's FM program while visiting the IFMA website, and upon researching the program more, I realized it would provide me with the best platform to further enhance my knowledge of FM. 


2. What are your FM related career goals/expectations?

I am interested in pursuing a full-time career involving facility management in the government sector with the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, or Department of State.  Applying emerging FM trends in the government sector will help establish more efficient systems and procedures that further the interest of mission critical work and national security.


3. What would be most helpful with your education in the Integrated Facility Management program?

The broad scope of topics addressed in the FM program, such as professional trends, real estate assets, financial analysis, and sustainability, is a crucial aspect of the program that caught my attention.  The distinguished faculty leading the FM program will greatly enhance my understanding of the various topics.  Also, I plan on joining and participating in the local IFMA chapter while attending Georgia Tech, which will provide beneficial networking opportunities.




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Your Foundation Donations at Work 


The IFMA Foundation is continuously researching, authoring, facilitating, and publishing leading edge Books, How-to Guides, and White Papers for the FM industry. Please take a look at the chart below to see a list of recent and upcoming publications. If you're interested in sponsoring an upcoming IFMA Foundation publication, please contact Michael Schley at +1-919- 582-9710 or Diane Coles at +1-562-989-8327 for more information.


Don't forget to visit the IFMA Foundation website for a complete list of all the IFMA Foundation publications, which includes 5 more books, 12 Sustainability How-To Guides, and 6 white papers at


Members attending World Workplace 2012 in San Antonio are encouraged to arrive in time to participate in the Utility Council Golf event and/or the Dreamcatcher Gala, both being held on Tuesday, October 30th.  Registration and details for these events can be done when registering for the conference.  



Christy Jellets

IFMA Foundation, Board of Trustees member

As always, the IFMA Foundation appreciates the continued support from the Atlanta Chapter.  

Interested in contributing an article - or even in joining the Newsletter committee?  If so, then contact our Newsletter Committee Chair, Tammy Weeks, at