It's March and you know what that means: warmer weather, spring flowers and you have to put your bracket together to prepare for the madness!!
Speaking of the madness, for those that aren't aware, the Women's Final Four will be taking over Columbus from March 30- April 1st. To get more information, check out this link: Columbus Women's Final Four
Now that the warm weather has arrived, you can start to see evidence of nature's way to let us know that spring is around the corner:
Unfortunately, with the melting snow, we've also been able to see evidence that the weather can be pretty tough on facilities.
This winter, with the bitterly cold temperatures, a couple warm days of rain followed by extended periods of freezing temperatures, was particularly rough on asphalt. The weather was conducive to a phenomenon called frost heave or frost lensing.
To learn more about frost heave, check out this link: Frost Heave
Unfortunately, you know that you have a problem, but do you know what type of problem that you have? If you want a good way to tell what kind of asphalt problem you have, check out this asphalt damage summary from the Asphalt Insitute: Asphalt Pavement Distress Summary This summary has photos of various types of asphalt damage and gives a brief explanation as to why it occurred and the best way to fix it.
I hope this information is helpful and good luck with your repairs.
Thank you for your participation in IFMA Central Ohio and as always, if you have an idea for a program or tour, please let us know at email@example.com.
Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you at your next IFMA Central Ohio activity!
Matt Butterworth, President, IFMA Central Ohio
A special thanks to our sponsor's of the month: Ohio Custodial Maintenance and Dynamix Energy Services!
Because of these sponsors, IFMA Central Ohio can offer a wide variety of free educational programs and tours, as well as community service opportunities, for our members.
Below are our upcoming programs, tours, events and community service opportunities. Please plan on attending as many of these as you can.
Drones in Property Management- March 7th 11am-1pm
Learn about the ever-changing field of drone use in property management
The Right Tool for the Job- Utilizing Facilities Management Software to streamline operations, reduce operating costs and extend asset life- March 29th 4-5pm
Learn how Facilities Management Software can make your life easier
Tour & Happy Hour- Facilities Management eXpress- March 29th 5-7pm
Plan on touring FMX and networking with fellow IFMA Central Ohio members!
Tour- Middle West Spirits- April 11th 4-5pm
Check one of Columbus' newest breweries, which was recently labeled one of the top 5 Distillery Restaurants in America
Happy Hour- Middle West Spirits- April 11th 5-7pm
Enjoy an adult beverage and networking with your fellow IFMA Central Ohio members
Volunteering- Franklinton Gardens- April 20th 9am-12pm
Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to help maintain the Franklinton Gardens.
SMART Columbus, Idea Foundry Tour and Happy Hour- May 7th 4-7pm
Learn about the SMART Columbus initiative, tour the Idea Foundry and enjoy Happy Hour!
3rd Annual Bocce Tournament- May 15th 4-9pm
Bocce, beverages and fun will be had by all in this charity fundraiser.
Tour- Ohio Stadium- June
Every OSU fan should mark their calendars not to miss out of the behind the bleacher tour of the Ohio Stadium.
29th Annual IFMA Central Ohio Golf Outing- June 15th 8am-2pm
Hit the links and get your team ready for bragging rights for the entire year.
Tour- AEP Facility- August 9th 3-4:30pm
Check out this new LEED Gold building!
The Central Ohio Chapter of IFMA Scholarship program is designed for members to pursue credentials and certifications, degrees in facility management or related fields, as well as to attend World Workplace or Facility Fusion.
In conjunction with the Rewards Program, the scholarship eligibility period starts December 1st and runs through November 30th. Members earn points by attending programs, facility tours, events and community service activities. Extra points are awarded if you attend World Workplace, Facility Fusion, are an active committee member or recruit additional professional members.
Information on how you can qualify for a scholarship and an application form can be found here.
Steve Bauman awarded an IFMA Central Ohio scholarship to obtain his Certified Energy Manager (CME) designation!
Today’s lessons in science go well beyond the Bunsen burners, test tubes and beakers of yesteryear. Kids in the 21st Century can dive into hands-on learning today with virtual reality, simulations, and 3D technology. And with over 660,000 visitors each year, the Center of Science and Industry – or COSI as it is lovingly known as in Columbus, Ohio – is here to offer all that and then some, to make science fun and interesting for all ages.
On February 20, 2018, nearly three dozen Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members and their guests got an inside look at COSI, its sustainability efforts, and its newest exhibit before it opened to the public. It was like kids in a candy store for many IFMA members who had never visited COSI, even as a child. For others, it was treat to return.
Brian Lobaugh, Senior Director of Facilities at the science center was the first to remind everyone, “COSI is for kids of all ages.”
Opened in 1964 at Memorial Hall in downtown Columbus, COSI moved in 1999 to a new 320,000-square-foot home (the old Central High School) designed by internationally-renowned architect Arata Isozaki, creating one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States. As a "center of science” rather than a standalone science center, COSI has established important partnerships that enrich guest experiences, including the Ohio State University (OSU) Labs in Life, working research laboratories created through a partnership with The Ohio State University and staffed by OSU researchers.
In 2008, COSI was named America's number one science center for families by Parent Magazine. Since 1964, COSI has engaged with over 33 million people from all 50 states and around the world, both on-site and through its outreach programs.
While COSI has experienced many growing pains and financial challenges, it has always been a landmark of the Columbus community. With growth and engagement always at the forefront, efforts toward sustainability are close behind.
“Sustainability has been a hot topic for a long time,” Lobaugh told Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members at the start of their visit. Primary goals of the facility are to reduce energy use, reduce water use, and reduce waste.
A long-term energy efficiency project at COSI has included lighting and HVAC upgrades, along with COSI on Wheels initiatives that have allowed for less fuel use and better time and energy management. In 2010, the facility began its transition to LED lighting, which is nearly complete. A full-energy audit of the whole building in 2008 (and again this year) were important moves toward increased sustainability. As a result, COSI changed its BMS parameters for dehumidification set points, added demand control, and load shedding capability to BMS, and retrofit HVAC systems with demand-controlled ventilation, converting constant volume AHUs to variable volume operation.
“It was a very expensive undertaking,” said Lobaugh, but well worth the price tag. “With those energy efficiency upgrades… COSI has managed to save 1.2 million KWH in electrical consumption each year,” Lobaugh pointed out.
Scheduling has become more efficient for COSI on Wheels, saving energy. All material used during the visit are recycled and reused whenever possible.
Water consumption has been on COSI’s mind as well. A native prairie near the OSU greenhouse requires no mowing, fertilizing, watering or pesticides. A rain garden just north of the west entry captures rooftop water for beauty and outdoor watering.
Motion-sensitive faucets, automatic hand dryers, and low-flow toilets also contribute to the facility’s green efforts.
Future plans include using more native plants in landscaping operations, harvesting more rainwater for use at the facility, and making adaptations in order to conserve even more water than present efforts.
When it comes to waste management, Lobaugh says plans are rather simple – reduce, reuse, and recycle more, “sending even less to the landfill,” he said.
Ideas are generated by an employee-led sustainability group.
So where will COSI be in the future? Lobaugh hopes to return to composting with a commercially licensed composting facility, implement a single-point purchasing policy, and adding a fourth “R” to COSI’s sustainability efforts – “rethink”.
Following their sustainability discussion, Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members and their guests made their way into the new Dinosaur exhibit. Because COSI was closed at the time of the tour, members were able to stop and peruse to their content, asking Lobaugh questions along the way. The new gallery is a unique collaboration between COSI and a renowned natural history museum. Housed in a completely renovated space at the facility, the gallery features installations of world-class dinosaur exhibits from the American Museum of Natural History including a full-size cast skeleton of the massive Tyrannosaurus rex, a stunning 60-foot-long metallic model of the long-necked Apatosaurus, and interactive exhibits showcasing the latest scientific findings about this fascinating group of animals. The new gallery reveals the evolution of dinosaur biology, highlighting ongoing research by expert paleontologists.
Then the diamond of the trip – a sneak peek at Silk Road, an exhibit that was not yet open to the public at the time. “Unraveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World” brings to life the most celebrated trade route in human history through evocative sights, sounds, and objects, as well as intriguing interactives. Traveling the Silk Road, IFMA Chapter members were transported to four ancient cities: Xi’an, the capital of China’s Tang Dynasty; Turfan, a verdant oasis and trading outpost along the Silk Road; Samarkand, a center for prosperous merchants who thrived on the caravan trade; and Baghdad, a cosmopolitan hub of commerce and scholarship that flourished as a leading intellectual center of the time. It was a treat like none other.
Following the tour, Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members reconvened for some networking and discussion at the Land-Grant Brewery in Downtown Columbus.
Are you looking for a way to network with your fellow IFMA Central Ohio members and get more involved with the Chapter?
The Committees in IFMA Central Ohio are what makes the Chapter operate efficiently and effectively. We have a number of committees that need your help:
Programs- This committee selects, schedules and coordinates the monthly programs and tours for the Chapter. The Committee endeavors to help members increase their knowledge and expertise in facility management related topics. This is accomplished by providing programs and tours that bring to the forefront topics of facility management that pertain to the working environment.
If you're interested in joining this committee, please contact Kelly Waters (614-736-9007 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jacque Adams (614-448-6153 or email@example.com).
Membership- This Committee promotes membership growth and retention by providing new member recruiting events and encouraging new and current members to be involved in chapter events and activities. The committee also conducts quarterly new member events, as well as assists in welcoming/registering attendees at Chapter programs, tours and events.
If you're interested in joining this committee, please contact Lisa Schultz (614-205-8996 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Steve Bauman (614-282-3152 or email@example.com).
Thank you for your time and we hope you can increase your participation in IFMA Central Ohio by joining a committee or two.
On April 20th, Integrated Building Systems will host its 6th annual Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive from 8 am to 2 pm at 950 Michigan Avenue in Columbus.
Let's keep electronic devices out of the landfill!
This event takes place rain or shine. Please follow signs directing you to line up northbound on Michigan Avenue. Simply pull up to the curb, stay in your vehicle, and volunteers will unload your recyclable items for you!
We're proud to partner with Community Computer Alliance for electronic recycling.CCA is a nonprofit that offers workforce development to individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. People in CCA’s workforce programs learn valuable job skills as they dismantle, sort, and rebuild the electronics collected at recycling drives.
- All electronic data and personal information from computers is professionally erased by a secured, three-pass scrub of the hard drives.
- Any electronics recycled are considered donations to CCA, which can offer a tax receipt. Just ask when you drop off your items!
free to recycle
Working and non-working computers, laptops, servers, desk and cell phones, network equipment, gaming systems, stereos, radios, VCRs, DVD players, cables, cords, wires, LCD monitors, keyboards, desktop printers, scanners, and ink and toner cartridges.
fees for these items
- Tube-style or projection TVs, $3 per inch
- Flat-screen TVs, $10 each, any size
- CRT monitors, $20 each
- Large office copiers (over 100 pounds), $100 each
items not accepted
Any item containing freon, alkaline batteries, any item containing hazardous materials, household appliances, light bulbs of any kind, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers.
The 2018 IFMA Central Ohio Rewards program for members is in full swing and it's not too late to get points by attending IFMA programs, tours, events and community service activities during 2018.
Make sure you attend as many IFMA events as possible to earn points for a chance to win $500 that can be used for educational opportunities: (World WorkPlace, Facility Fusion or other events) or pursuing professional designations certifications (Facility Management Professional (FMP), Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP), Certified Facility Manager (CFM), for example). Members earn points by attending programs, tours and events, so make sure to attend as many IFMA events as you can by November 30th.
The winners of the 2018 IFMA Central Ohio Rewards program will be announced during the Annual State of the Union Luncheon in December 2018.
More information on the Rewards program can be found at:IFMA Central Ohio Rewards Program