We’ve had another great year of Best Practices nominations for this year’s Awards of Excellence.  We hope you will join us on Thursday, May 22nd to shine a light on the best and brightest in Boston’s A/E/C community.  To register and learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, click here!

BEST PRACTICES: SMALL PROJECT
Akamai, Nominated by Haworth
Avery Dennison RBIS, Nominated by Creative Office Pavilion
BTMU Capital Corp., Nominated by Fox RPM Corp.
Cushman & Wakefield, Nominated by Haworth
World Academy, Nominated by Sakonnet
Zipcar, Nominated by Margulies Perruzzi Architects

BEST PRACTICES: MEDIUM PROJECT
Compuware, Nominated by CBT Architects
Coverys, Nominated by Diversified Project Management
Google, Nominated by NELSON
Homesite Insurance, Nominated by Big Bark
Industrial Facilities Design, Nominated by Allegro
Iron Mountain, Nominated by Margulies Perruzzi Architects
Logmein, Nominated by Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc.
North Bennet Street School, Fox RPM Corp.

BEST PRACTICES: LARGE PROJECT
Biogen, Nominated by NELSON
Brown Brothers, Nominated by Dyer Brown Architects
Liberty Mutual, Nominated by Dyer Brown Architects
Spaulding Rehab Hospital, Nominated by Boston Art
State Street Corporation Channel Center, Nominated by IA Interior Architects
Vertex, Diversified Project Management

BEST PRACTICES: SUSTAINABILITY
Biogen, Nominated by NELSON
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Nominated by Environmental Health & Engineering
Google, Nominated by NELSON

CFM Study Hall Briefing

by Lauren Soelch on April 9, 2014

in Certification

This Spring 2014 “semester” of the CFM Exam Study Hall series is well underway, with two sessions left for the “students.” The series of nine Study Halls include in-depth topic reviews, discussions, and practice exams, focusing on all of the study resource chapters included in the new IFMA Facility Management Learning System, a six-book collection. The topics within the Learning System are: Communication, Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Finance and Business, Human Factors, Leadership and Strategy, Operations and Maintenance, Project Management, Quality, Real Estate and Property Management, Technology.

This program is an individual study support group, led by Christopher Gilman. Chris is a well-versed, experienced Facility Manager now working for Saint-Gobain. He is an advocate for IFMA and the CFM exam, and has a wealth of knowledge about FM, sharing good and bad experiences throughout the weekly sessions. He uses real life examples in the discussions and teaches by comparison so it relates to the knowledge that FM’s already have while being in the field. The sessions consist of topic and chapter overview, room rotation Q&A’s, jeopardy, and taking sample tests as a group.

If you are interested in taking the exam and would like to engage yourself with one of these helpful classes proctored by someone like Chris, look out a future email from IFMA publicizing the next CFM Study Hall session! It is targeted for seasoned professionals who may already have experience in the FM world, but those new to the field should also consider taking the class. The CFM Study Hall is free for members and you WILL learn a thing or two, or twenty.

Welcoming New Members & CFMs into the Ranks

March 31, 2014

Earlier this month IFMA Boston held its annual New Member & CFM Breakfast where we introduce ourselves to the newest members in our group, while taking time to recognize those who successfully completed their CFM exam.  As you know, IFMA Boston is a welcoming bunch and we love adding new friends to our ranks.  We […]

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IFMA Boston Scholarship: Now Open for Applications

March 13, 2014

IFMA Boston is proud to announce our new local scholarship program that is now open on the IFMA Boston website.  This year’s scholarship is underwritten by ProExpos/NEBFM.  Students currently enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate Facility Management (or related) program may apply for one of our $2,500 scholarships to be awarded at this year’s Awards […]

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2014 Awards of Excellence: Call for Nominations

March 13, 2014

We have opened this year’s call for nominations for the 11th Annual Awards of Excellence.  As IFMA Boston celebrates it’s 30th anniversary, we hope this to be the best and brightest awards program yet.  This year’s event will take place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel on Thursday, May 22nd. Click here to download this […]

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Lean and Green Office Cleaning Delivers Savings Claims New White Paper

March 12, 2014

Facilities managers like savings, and thanks to a new white paper’s claims, healthier workplaces can be created whilst driving down operational costs via “lean and green” cleaning processes. You may already know about “going green”, the workplace process of reducing energy expenditure and waste, but do you know about “going lean?” Lean cleaning promotes reducing […]

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Net-Zero Energy Projects in Boston: Add Yawkey to the List

March 4, 2014

Solar power on the MBTA?  It’s clear that “Charlie” isn’t the only one proud of the news that the newly-renovated Yawkey Station will be Boston’s first “zero net energy” commuter rail train station.  Net-zero has been a hot topic in the built environment for a number of years (and the subject of more than a […]

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What Makes a Winning Submission?

February 26, 2014

Each May, IFMA Boston celebrates the best practices and exemplary individuals within the Facilities Management industry with our Awards of Excellence program.  Over the past ten years we have awarded more than 80 awards and reviewed hundreds of submissions.  As we kick off this 11th year of the Awards of Excellence program we thought we […]

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Social Media Explained

February 25, 2014

                  If you’ve been asked to, “join the conversation” via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Google+, you’re not alone. Social media is a part of almost all aspects of the web and differentiating between social media platforms can be overwhelming at times. Here’s a graphic that […]

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Redevelopment News in the Fenway Area

February 20, 2014

If you have attended a game at Fenway Park this past season before the Red Sox won the 2013 World Series… If you have taken the MBTA Green D line towards Riverside… If you have visited a nearby college or hospital in the Longwood Medical area… If you have enjoyed the mix of food options […]

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