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Atlanta Workplace   

Topic: Working Smarter, Not Harder   

Date: September 15

Time: 11am

Location: JW Mariott Buckhead

Register by September 2 for Early Bird Pricing!  


October Luncheon  
Topic: A look at the new Perkins + Will HQ 

Date: October 19  

Time: 11:30pm 

Location: Cherokee Town Club 




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This year, along with the 30th anniversary of IFMA Atlanta, we will host "Working Smarter not Harder" as our 3rd Atlanta Workplace Educational event. Along with an opportunity for Atlanta IFMA members to network and socialize, there will also be the chance to attend a World Workplace event here in Atlanta. There will be giveaways, a Silent Auction, and a Bingo lottery type of drawing.

This event will feature Mr. Jim Van Laak as our keynote speaker. He will travel to the Buckhead Marriott to share with us his experiences of the last 23 yrs. at NASA. We will also have the 1st Vice Chair from IFMA International, Mr. Marc Liciardello, to visit with us at our afternoon social and also open our event at 12:15 during lunch.

We will have (3) sessions running concurrently at 2:00 and 3:15. You can choose (1) session to attend at each time slot. Please check our flyer on the website for advance knowledge about the choices for each session and the exciting topics and interesting speakers.

We will also have our vendor expo open throughout the event. Please stop by to learn current offerings and latest trends in the facility management world. Also, you can meet and re-connect with vendors who are associate members of our organization and some who support our organization as Sustaining Patrons.

Our Silent Auction event will offer something for everyone and will conclude at the cocktail reception. We'll also then have our Bingo drawing and a close of a successful and fun day.

Please plan to join us on Sept. 15th at the Buckhead Marriott. We'll have a great experience with market trends and products and professional development. Early registration ends on Friday 9/2!


--Karen Howard, IFMA Atlanta Chapter President

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Upcoming Events

Register Today: IFMA Atlanta Workplace 

September 15, 2011 - 11am - 5:30pm


Don't miss one of IFMA Atlanta's premier events of 2011 - Atlanta Workplace, which is being held on September 15 from 11am - 5:30pm at the JW Mariott in Buckhead.  We will have several educational panels, as well as an "Opening Note" by IFMA First Vice Chair, Marc Liciardello and Jim Van Laak from NASA! 


In addition to the networking and educational opportunities, there will also be a vendor fair and silent auction.   


Click here to register - do it by September 2 for special early bird pricing!



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What: IFMA October Luncheon "Telling the Story: Perkins+Will Office - 1315 Peachtree Street" 

When: October 19, 2011. 11:30-1:30

Where: Cobb Town Club


Register Here!


Since 1991, Perkins+Will has been encouraging clients to use the LEED Rating Systems, meet the 2030 Challenge and push the boundaries of sustainable design and building performance. Very simply, their message has been, "good design is sustainable design." Perkins+Will started looking past LEED to more ambitious sustainability goals - looking broadly to the challenges of incorporating social responsibility, global perspectives and corporate transparency into achieving design excellence. Their corporate mission is built around these ideals. When it was time to design and build their own building, they asked themselves, how do we face those challenges and make sure our design connects with our corporate mission? How do we "walk the talk?"

In this case-based session, participants will learn how a multidisciplinary design firm connects their own corporate mission to the design work that they produce. The program will explore the design, evaluation and decision-making processes required to generate work which exemplifies design excellence, high-performance, social responsibility and financial soundness.  

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August Luncheon Recap

Cool Indoor BBQ & Lunch and Learn

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IFMA's  August Lunch 'N' Learn meeting was held at SCAD Atlanta's Hub. The SCAD Event Team were outstanding hosts for all 130 attendees for our "Cool Indoor BBQ."

Sudhakar Lahade, Senior Design Researcher at Steelcase was the informative speaker.  The program opened our eyes to the creative uses of emerging technology and to the greater excitement of what our future holds not only as Facility Managers but as individuals sitting on the cusp of a new and exciting workplace. 

Sudhakar's presentation focused on some main topics:   


  • Emerging technology has sparked a creative new world in how we learn, work, create and play.
  • Key technology trends and advances are being realized on today's corporate and higher educational campuses.
  • Technology is changing how we do even the simplest of everyday tasks. 
  • Technology as a critical tool for branding, communications, security, space management, and even a safer environment.


SCAD's "out-of-the box academic environment" was the perfect venue for this gathering.



See more pictures from the luncheon on our Flickr site .




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Recap: Perkins + Will Tour

Evening Tour of their New Midtown Location

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See more pictures from this event on our Flickr site .


GA Tech Corner
assoc eventThe Georgia Tech Facility Management graduate program announces the offering of our Master of Science degree in Distance Learning format. Students from outside of Atlanta will now have access to the same learning offered on campus beginning in fall 2011. Course work is exactly the same, with Internet access to lectures, lessons, projects and exams.

If your company has locations outside of Atlanta, within Georgia, the U.S. or even internationally, your employees may be interested in this opportunity. Please contact our Graduate Recruiter, Brenda Morris at 404-385-7479 or for details on how to apply for the distance learning Integrated Facility Management degree. We hope to bring the world into our virtual classroom and expand knowledge of facility management worldwide. The Atlanta Chapter support for this program enables us to continue to expand and grow this program, which is one of only four internationally accredited programs in facility management at the graduate level. Thanks for supporting us and sharing this exciting expansion!

Mentoring Program in Development


The Career Services Committee is currently working on developing a mentoring program. Anyone who is interested in getting involved with this project should contact Joe Carroll at 404-582-8859. The mentoring program is designed to assist facility management members who desire to sustain and enhance their careers (increase competencies, earn CFM certification, build relationships and/or gain exposure to business leadership, etc.) to realize personal growth in responsibilities and career roles.

One example of a member seeking mentoring is Arletrice Green. She is a graduate student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Arletrice is studying facilities management and graduates in May, 2012. She also has a bachelor's of science degree in Interior Design. She is currently seeking an internship position in preparation for her career in facilities management. Arletrice can be contacted
at 678-592-2779 or  


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