Atlanta chapter of the International Facility Management Association 


June 2012


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   Photos from the May Luncheon



Upcoming Events


June 6 Education Program

The 2030 Challenge, Session 1: Energy Goals and Integrated Design 


2nd Annual IFMA Momma Knew Event

June 14 at 5:30pm

5 Seasons Brewery, Westside   


June 20 Monthly Meeting
Episode IV--A NEW HOPE   


June 28 Tour
Kennesaw State University Tour   


July 18 Monthly Meeting
July Luncheon - Regional Transportation Referendum  



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As I come to the end of my term as President, it seems to have been a very short year. I've learned a lot, and I've tried to advance the Chapter's position as best I could. Many people have been very helpful and supportive.


Our Chapter is full of great members and interesting, knowledgeable people. I've become very aware of our volunteers who work very hard to keep up their commitments and still fulfill the needs of their jobs.


My biggest desire for this year was educational opportunities for our members. I believe it is the key to the Facility Management careers' advancement. Our Chapter is a leader in offering education to its members, and most of our members take advantage of these offerings. The people who make it happen are certainly key volunteers and members of our Chapter. As each year moves ahead, I hope our facility managers will continue to avail of what is offered, and help guide the planning and development. Staying at the forefront of knowledge will allow the Chapter to support the members and the health of our own Chapter will result.


Thank-you to all the kind people who have helped me this year! I appreciate the opportunity to have been the President of this wonderful Chapter and I hope to stay involved and continue to enjoy the relationships I've made and have grown. I'll continue to enjoy upcoming events and the enhancement of my own membership. I'll look forward to seeing our Chapter continue to grow!


Karen Howard, IFMA Atlanta Chapter President



Upcoming Events



Education Series: AIA + 2030 Professional Series


AIA Atlanta & IFMA Atlanta, along with USGBC, ASHRAE,The City of Atlanta, Sustainable Atlanta and BOMA, are proud to offer the AIA+2030 Professional Series. This is the first program in the nation that teaches design professionals and building management specific ways to reduce carbon emissions. We hope this series will become a 'best practice' that other cities can replicate for their own local communities.

  • June 6 The 2030 Challenge®: Energy Goals and Integrated Design
  • July 11 The Power of Targets & Load Reduction
  • August 1 Accentuate the Positive - Climate Responsive Design
  • September 5 Skins: The Importance of the Thermal Envelope
  • October 3 Passively Aggressive: Employing Passive Systems for Load Reduction
  • November 7 Illuminating Savings: Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Strategies
  • December 5 Right-sized: Equipment and Controls for Super-Efficient Building System
  • January 9 Site Power: Renewable Energy Opportunities?
  • February 6 The Hand-off + Staying in Shape: Operations, Maintenance + Education
  • March 6 Putting It All Together: Achieving 2030 Goals On The Project & The Office




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ASSOCIATES EVENT - THE BEST CONSULTANT presents: 2nd Annual IFMA Momma Knew Event


The party will represent the unveiling of 300 gallons of this IFMA made beer called "IFMA Momma Knew" and will be available and marketed by 5 Seasons Brewery for much of the summer. IFMA Momma Knew will be a golden Pilsner beer with fresh Georgia peach accents.

Beer making: If interested in being involved in the brewing process, contact Jeff DellaMaggiora 404-644-7603,





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June Luncheon

June 20

Steven Foster and Jennifer Zellar, from Georgia Power's Community and Economic Development Organization, will discuss the past, present and future state of our local economy. The Atlanta region has suffered over recent years from large job losses, declines in property values and the disappearance of equity. New events, however, seem to be emerging, which bode well for the area's future. The speakers will focus on emerging trends and forces that may restore the State to its former economic strength.




Kennesaw State Tour

June 28

Kennesaw State University was recently named one of the nation's most environmentally responsible campuses. Please join us as we tour KSU's two fully certified LEED green buildings on campus - the Social Sciences Building and The Commons Student Culinary Center; and one that's in the process of being certified - Prillaman Hall.

Lunch will be provided in the Student Culinary Center, The Commons, which highlights the sustainable dining program. This program was launched in May 2010, initially operating a two-acre farm, and has now expanded to operating 40-acres, only using organic methods of soil preparation, pest control and fertilization to grow their own produce for The Commons, year round




July Luncheon

July 18


Monthly Meeting - Regional Transportation Referendum

Presentation Speaker: Ryan Ellis serves as a Principal Program Specialist with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), working in the area of Traffic and Demand Management (TDM). Mr. Ellis' work centers on the implementation of travel reduction programs in the Atlanta region.



Past Events



Atlanta 2012-2013 Board of Directors Strategic Planning Retreat


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Members of the current and incoming boards: L-R, front row: Clara Smith, Annette Gorelick, Emily Perry, Ken Bryson, Joyce Roper, Jeff DellaMaggiora, Tammy Weeks, Gean Leyba, Karen Howard, Sharon Jaye, Dee Raya, Vernon Thomas (Administrator); second row: Pete Van Cleave, Harry Ludwig, Tom Haslach (past member), Joseph Geierman, Ken Stephenson, Dawn Abraham, Christy Lowell, Steve Christopher, Dan Walther, Anthony Maddox


On Thursday and Friday, May 3-4, the 2012-2013 IFMA Atlanta Board of Directors participated in our annual strategic planning retreat at Callaway Gardens.  The 2012-2013 Board is composed of a complimentary mix of Professional and Associate members, as well as first-time and seasoned Board members.  Our focus in 2012-2013 is to grow and engage Professional members through education, collaboration and recognition. 


We would like to thank the following individuals and companies that made our meeting fun, productive and meaningful:  

Steve Christopher - Royal Cup - Retreat Sponsor 

Lee Wall - Callaway Blue - Retreat Sponsor 

Ken Callaway - Callaway Blue - Retreat Sponsor 

Tom Haslach - Trilogyfm - Facilitator Sponsor 

John Horton - Corporate Energy - Facilitator "The Maturity Challenge and Shared Interest Priorities" 



IFMA Education event on 4/26/2012

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On April 26, 2012, 53 members of IFMA and USGBC met at the Chamblee Campus

of the Centers for Disease Control to learn about water conservation efforts

at the CDC.


The panel of 4 individuals from CDC's Building and Facilities Office and

Sustainability Office presented information on the Federal mandates that are

in place concerning water conservation (click here to view) .

The panel presented examples of water conservation features that have been

incorporated into recent projects at CDC. These included systems to capture

both rain water and condensate to be used for landscape irrigation. Two

methods of doing this were demonstrated.  These were a "rain garden"

approach where rainwater is captured, slowed down and allowed to percolate

into the ground and a cistern approach where rainwater or condensate is

captured in an underground tank then pumped to water the landscape areas via

a drip irrigation system.


The presentation ended with a tour of the rain garden, which illustrated how

sustainable features can be integrated into a design to be both functional

and beautiful.





IFMA ATLANTA Volunteer Day 2012




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On Saturday, May 12, forty-four IFMA Atlanta volunteers turned out to help two of our Community Services Nonprofit Partners.    

Jerusalem House provides permanent supportive housing for homeless and low-income individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.  At their family facility on North Decatur Road, volunteers pruned, mowed, raked, planted annuals, and planted a vegetable garden for the residents.


Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children is a resource center and refuge for homeless women and children in the northwest area of downtown Atlanta.  IFMA volunteers spent the morning pruning, removing kudzu, cleaning the playground, relocating wheel stops in the parking lot, and painting three rooms.


From Wayne Stubbs, Jerusalem House:

The staff around here was so impressed with all you accomplished.  We are all very appreciative of everyone's efforts and great attitude.


From Shirley Baker, Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children:

Your Volunteer Day blessed the shelter in such a fantastic way.  Thank you for giving of yourselves to ensure that everything that was requested, and some things we did not even know about, were completed with perfection.  You all are so wonderful, and we thank God that you selected us to be an IFMA Partner.  


Many thanks to Royal Cup, Water for Life, Chick-Fil-A, and Jason's Deli for supplying coffee, soft drinks, water, breakfast, and Coordinator Pete Van Cleave (Water for Life) and his Coordinating Team - Diane Adams (ART & Associates), Ismael Aviles (Rose Paving), Jerry Morgan (Koroseal), and Debbie Wiggins (RooterPLUS)...and to all IFMA members and family who gave their Saturday morning to help!  


We invite you to join the Community Services Committee in serving our Nonprofit Partners throughout the year.  Contact Committee Chairs Emily Perry (Harris Perry) and Rick Yarbrough (T. L. Gowin & Co.) for more information.





May Luncheon

Thank you to Barbara Giamanco, President and Social Sales Strategist Social Centered Selling, Co-Author of The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media for a wonderful presentation at the May luncheon. If you would like to see the presentation, please click this link.



Save the Date

IFMA Atlanta is turning 30! Come celebrate our chapter past and present at a Gala and Fundraiser.

When: August 2

Where: Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Time: 4:30 to 7:30pm

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New Career Mentoring Program Launched
By Joe Carroll, Chair, Career Services Committee


For more information, please check out the IFMA blog.


CDC Launches New Sustainability Website


It is with great excitement that the Office of Sustainability announces the launch of CDC's external sustainability website,

This communication tool helps the public understand the connection between sustainability and health and it also describes CDC's progress in making our own operations healthy and sustainable. The website also heralds the release of the FY2011 CDC Annual Sustainability Report.  Executive Orders 13423 and 13514 and statutes like EISA, have set high expectations for federal agency environmental performance. For more information, please visit their new site to learn more about what CDC is doing to support sustainability!



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Interview with Jerry Davis  



1.   What led you to start graduate school at Tech?

Currently I am employed as a Senior Facilities Manager for the Office of Information Technology at Georgia Tech.  My goals are to expand my experience and education for the maintenance of existing buildings and facilities and for the design of new buildings. The course offerings in the BC&FM Master's program satisfy these goals by being highly relevant to my current employment and will be valuable when providing input for future renovations and new construction.


2.   What has stood out the most in your experience thus far in the master's program?

Access to professors, instructors, and administrative staff, to discuss assignments, monitor progress, and plan future course work, is particularly helpful.


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

I think opportunities to visit a variety of external sites to meet with Facilties managers and discuss the issues and challenges in their operations would fit well with the BC&FM curriculum.


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