Atlanta chapter of the International Facility Management Association 

February 2012
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   Photos from the January Luncheon 

Upcoming Events


Special Event - Emerging Leaders Membership Drive
Date: February 9
Location: 300 Bowling Alley
Cost: Members and NonMembers $10 (to offset shoe, ball and lane rental)



Nonprofit Lunch and Learn
February 16

Facilities Condition Assessment and Maintenance Plan
Speaker: Rick Yarbrough and Barbara Miller, IFMA Community Services Committee

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Spring semester 2012 in the School of Building Construction is off to a great start.
Orientation for the new graduate students took place on January 6, 2012. Over 50% of the incoming graduate students are pursuing the Facility Management master's program. The graduate students are often transitioning from different industries/backgrounds and would welcome opportunities for professional experience in FM and learning from seasoned professionals like you. If you have an internship opportunity for a Georgia Tech student
, contact Brenda Morris,  404-385-7479

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IFMA Foundation is a non-profit separate entity from IFMA. This Foundation receives no funding from annual membership dues.  If you've been to World Workplace or read the International Journal of Facility Management, you will be familiar with them. There is a Gala and Reception on the first evening of WWP that is in support of the IFMA Foundation.

The Foundation's mission is to "identify, fund, and promote education dedicated to enhancing the image of facility management, providing on-going research, and expanding the educational resources available to the FM community worldwide".  This is accomplished by way of:
  • Books for FMs that are research, how-to resources, and reference 
  • Scholarships for students pursuing FM degrees or related fields
  • International Student of the year award
  • Published White papers
Their books are available at WWP at the WWP Bookstore or by ordering on-line. The Journal is mailed or on-line. The website is IFMA You can read more about the Foundation there as well.

The scholarships awarded last year set a record. There were 36 students, or $100,000 awarded. The Atlanta Chapter has a separate committee chair that judges the student applications.

 The International student of the year is judged by an international panel of judges. This student exemplifies the future FM professional.

The Foundation is supported by donations from Chapters, Councils, Friends of IFMA Foundation businesses and organizations, and endowments. The Atlanta Chapter is a large contributor and frequently, as of last year, the largest.

Check out the Foundation at or attend the Gala if you go to WWP. You might also consider donating to the Foundation for their on-going contribution to the FM profession.

Karen Howard, IFMA Atlanta Chapter President
Sustainability: Converting Waste into Wealth in Georgia

Author: Shannon Goodman, Perkins + Will 


The Lifecycle Building Center is a new nonprofit which sells salvaged building materials to the public and reinvests the proceeds back into the community through green building education/job training programs. The LBC warehouse is located at 1116 Murphy Avenue in Atlanta and the organization is currently an all-volunteer effort. A renovation project for the warehouse is underway through Perkins+Will's Social Responsibility Initiative, and the project is also pursuing the Living Building Challenge. The LBC is currently salvaging building materials from the Centers for Disease Control's Building 1, an 8-story structure built in the 1950s, currently being demolished, coordinated with IFMA member Joanne Cole.

Upcoming Events


Learn the Value and Benefit of "Connected Buildings Overview - Enhancing Building Design with Technology"

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Time: 11:30am-2:30pm

Where: Villa Christina, 1400 Summit Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30319

RSVP: 404.768.1632 ext. 25    

Come and hear about how technology affects every aspect of the way people live, learn, play, and work. However, today's building environments are largely obsolete, and have not evolved to support these changing lifestyles. In addition, key trends are driving the need for building transformation- trends such as a more technology needy workforce, the drive for environmental and social responsibility, and a growing, worldwide population. As user requirements evolve, buildings must adapt and change. Real estate professionals must take steps to transform the physical spaces of the future through technology innovation, delivering value-added, revenue generating services while streamlining the processes that create buildings and developments. The objective of this session is to speak to the evolution in technology as it relates the physical building infrastructure, specifically low voltage systems (Building Systems and IT Systems) and the building process



Will Winn, Principal at SmartCore will be speaking about his experience with SmartCore and how to capitalize on the incredible opportunity in the Connected Building markets with his development of Dimension Data and his experience with contract-engineering services to enterprise and commercial organizations. Some of his previous experience comes with working for Aertek, working with GE Capital IT Solutions to develop new enterprise and commercial accounts and an expert in internetworked technologies based on the platform developed by Cisco Systems.


Will has been recognized for his inclusion as a founding member in their Leadership Forum and Key Talent Groups. His achievements include the induction into the exclusive President's Club. Will along with two key business partners founded SmartCore to capitalize on the incredible opportunity in the Connected Building Market. 


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Emerging Leaders Event: Bowling!


Date: February 9, 2012 

Time: 4pm
Cost: $10
Place: 300 Bowling Alley


The cost per person is $35.00. This includes ball and shoe rental, bowling lane, food and soft drinks and there will be a cash bar. What we want to do is charge $10.00 per person to help offset some of the cost. Also we will be doing a raffle. If an IFMA member signs up for the event and brings a potential new professional member the guest will not be charged to attend the event and the member will receive 1 raffle ticket for a $50.00 Visa gift card. If the guest is under the age of 35 years old and is a potential new professional IFMA Emerging Leader the member who invited them will receive 2 raffle tickets for the gift card.


Contact Person for questions: Chris Sword - 678-849-7259. 


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Tour - Ponce City Market

April 12, 2012


Ponce City Market has officially closed for construction and will reopen in 2014 with retail, restaurants, office, condos and apartments. This is terrific time to see the details of this great building before it is completed.

Ponce City Market is a prominent and historic Southern icon, a local landmark on the cusp of evolving into the vibrant centerpiece of four dynamic Atlanta communities, and a regional beacon of retail, office and residential activity.

Formerly City Hall East and before that the Sears building, Ponce City Market, a two million square-foot structure, is an adaptive reuse development that when revitalized will house a mix of retail, dining, office and residential space. A landmark structure at the crossroads of Midtown, Poncey Highland, Old Fourth Ward and Virginia Highland, situated along the Atlanta BeltLine transit corridor, Ponce City Market is perfectly positioned to become a hub among its neighboring communities, and a vibrant reflection of the diversity that makes each of those neighborhoods authentic and distinct.


The Sears, Roebuck and Co. building played a vital part in creating community within Atlanta after opening in 1926. Ponce City Market plans to renew that spark by providing a space that houses the best in local and national retail and food.



Past Events

January Luncheon Recap: IFMA Fellow Barry Lynch

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Barry Lynch, an IFMA Fellow, spoke at the last luncheon about Strategic Facilities Planning.  He has graciously shared his material with us - read it here

IFMA Community Services Fall Lunch & Learn
Author: Emily Perry


The topic of the fall quarter IFMA Atlanta Lunch and Learn for Nonprofits, held on November 17 at Georgia Lions Lighthouse, was Getting Discounts Using Nonprofit Procurement Vehicles.  David Kidd, Program Manager with U. S. Communities, a government purchasing alliance that assists public agencies and non-profits to save time and money in the procurement process, discussed how to access a no-cost, no-commitment contract established on behalf of all public agencies with the full buying power of all the U.S. Communities contracts behind it.  Nonprofits may register on line at or contact David Kidd at  


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Recap: IFMA Tour  Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons
Author: Stewart Smith, Great American Floors
January 12, 2012



One of the challenges that Georgia Tech recognized a few years back was the issue of retaining their underclass students. This can be a problem at a number of universities, but even more so at an institute like Tech with its rigorous academics. The question then becomes what can be done to help those students succeed. The answer came in the form of the Wayne Clough (rhymes with tough) Undergraduate Learning Commons.


Opened at the beginning of the Fall of 2011 semester, Clough Commons offers 220,000 square feet of classrooms, labs and learning spaces that are open 24 hours a day, almost every day of the year. With over 2,000 new seats in common areas, classrooms and group study rooms, the search for both quiet and collaborative spaces to study is much easier. Also included are laboratories for first year students, tutoring, advising, technology support as well as a Starbucks café. Here under one roof, Tech has brought together all the components of undergraduate learning in a centralized location on campus, conveniently adjacent to the main Library.


Clough Commons was a LEED construction project that was designed and built with sustainability at the forefront. From the green garden roof to the water harvesting cistern in the ground, every detail of this building was given to making it a sustainable site. Other features include rooftop solar panels providing renewable energy, smart lighting systems that take advantage of natural light and use of motion sensors, as well as radiant floor heating systems. The 1.4 million gallon water cistern, which is one of the largest in the U.S., reuses the water it gathers for toilet flushing and landscaping. It is projected that they will be able to achieve 89% water reuse. These and other details have made this a LEED certified site, which they are hoping will be a Platinum level designation, but at the very least Gold.


It is too early to say what the impact of this impressive new facility will be on undergraduate retention. Some time will have to pass before judgment can be made. However it certainly appears that Georgia Tech has put together a winning formula for success in this wonderful new building which combines well thought out design that achieves success in both form and function.


Recap: LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) Project Certification Course

On Thursday, January 19, IFMA Atlanta and USGBC-GA in collaboration with Kimberly-Clark Corporation and G4 Green Connections, presented a course and case study highlighting the LEED for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance project for Kimberly-Clark Building 100 in Roswell, Georgia. Registration was brisk with ninety in attendance. The course reviewed aspects of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) EBOM rating system for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance. Attendees learned about LEED policies and plans, the minimum program requirements to qualify for LEED EBOM certification, and how to certify multiple buildings on a campus environment. A "before and after" tour of major renovations to Building 100 was included, as well as the opportunity to volunteer to work on a credit submittal for Building 100 during the LEED Re-Certification process in 2012. The course was accredited by IFMA for Certified Facility Manager CFM points, and by the USGBC Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for LEED Green Associate and Accredited Professional continuing education hours. IFMA Atlanta and USGBC-GA plan future joint education events for our members, and the industry at large.


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