The new online system for the Awards of Excellence is now open and accepting registrations at http://awards.ifmaboston.org/nominations.  There you can register yourself as a nominator and then select the Award type you would like to do for your first nomination.  As with any online system, save often.  You can save and work on your nomination up to the deadline at the end of the day on April 6th.  When you are completed with your nomination, you can press save and submit.  You can select another Award to nominate from the New Nominations tab. The updated Call for Nominations can be found here.  Any questions, do not hesitate to contact jennessa@nullifmaboston.org.

Registrations for the event are now being accepted at: https://2015awardsofexcellence.eventbrite.com

Extreme Makeover: Campus Edition

by Andrew Verderame on March 20, 2015

in Events

On Thursday, March 12, the IFMA Boston Chapter hosted an event at UMass Lowell. The event depicted the journey of reconstructing the core of the University’s three campuses (North, South, and East). Initial plans came about in spring 2011, and with acquisition of St. Joseph’s Hospital, the project was officially underway. St. Joseph’s Hospital was a local landmark that had been vacant for several years, and was in a location that would be integral to connecting the campuses. The Hospital served as one of six total buildings that together are called University Crossing. Within this facility named University Crossing, the campus was able to centralize the bookstore, create an additional food court, increase parking capacity, as well as add more room for student services and programs. Also critical to the success of the project was bridging the gap between the campuses on either side of the Merrimack River. This was achieved by relocating the existing bridge to a more convenient location, thus improving traffic flow and ease of access for both students and the local Lowell community.

Attendees during the initial networking session

Attendees during the initial networking session

The night of the event began with a networking session over drinks and appetizers within University Crossing. The main event kicked off with a panel discussion, which comprised of several speakers who were from the UMass Lowell internal Planning and Design team directly involved in the campus facility project. One of the speakers was Maria Sophia, a Project Manager at the University who had a lot of insight into the transition of students, faculty, and workplaces from their previous location to their new home at University Crossing. Another speaker was Adam Dunbar, a recent graduate of UMass Lowell, who is now the Assistant Director for Student Affairs. Adam is responsible for the daily operations of University Crossing, and he showcased the amount of praise that the project received from the students and campus organizations. Jean Robinson, Director Capital Project, was also on the panel and she discussed the support that was necessary in modernizing the facility. She particularly focused on the interior design, mechanical and capacity requirements, as well as the moving coordination during the project. Finally, Owners Project Executive Dirk vanLuling spoke about the measures taken during the construction that will make the facility LEED certified.

Discussion panel members from the internal Planning & Design team

Discussion panel members from the internal Planning & Design team

Following the panel discussion, attendees were split into smaller groups to have a tour of the facility by the members of the internal Planning and Design team. The tours gave insight to the truly modern and sophisticated environment throughout University Crossing. Attendees were thus able to see up-close and personal just how useful the rooms and spaces within the building were for students at UMass Lowell. Overall, the event concluded with members taking away a sense of appreciation for the LEED certified, state-of-the art facility, which provides one-stop shopping for all student needs. It will be interesting to see if other universities will emulate the concept of the University Crossing project and the success that came from it.

-Jessica Mewkalo & Andrew Verderame, Members of the PR & Community Projects Committee – IFMA Boston

2015 IFMA Boston Scholarship Application

March 20, 2015

The IFMA Boston Scholarship application is now open for applications and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled within a Facilities Management program.  All applicants must be an IFMA Boston member in good standing.  This year, the Board of Directors will award up to two $2,500 scholarships at the 12th Annual Awards of […]

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2015 Awards of Excellence Call for Nominations

March 20, 2015

The Call for Nominations for this year’s 12th Annual Awards of Excellence are now open.  We’ve streamlined the process to include contact details and answer 2-4 questions with a 300 word maximum each to assure that all nominators are providing the same information allowing the judges to evaluate the projects apples to apples.  All nominations […]

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3D Printing the Future

February 12, 2015

The popularity of 3D printing has been growing quite rapidly in recent years as the possibilities of what we can create using 3D printers seems to have no end. They can print organs, food, knick-knacks, and even full scale buildings. In fact, WinSun, a Shanghai-based engineering company, is leading the way having printed 10 homes […]

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A Week Ago, in an Office far, far away

January 30, 2015

by Andrew Verderame on January 30, 2015 As many of you might have heard, the IFMA Boston Chapter was given a special tour of Carbonite Incorporated’s new office facility on January 20th. The event was titled “Carbonite – Episode I: A New Space” and showcased Carbonite’s Star Wars-themed office, fully equipped with several modernly designed meeting […]

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The Facility Manager’s Plan for Snow Removal

January 28, 2015

For many people in New England, this week’s blizzard meant one thing: snow days!  For anyone in the FM industry however, a snowstorm is far from day off.  From planning, communication, staffing and cleanup, managing a facility or campus before, during and after severe winter weather involves a great deal. In the wake of the […]

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How Do Workplace Preferences Differ Between Generations?

January 12, 2015

In a study including more than 2,000 American adults, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials were surveyed, giving us a snapshot into workplace preferences and how they differ. With people born between 1981 and 1996 poised to become the new workforce majority, Harris Poll, on behalf of Caldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates, discovered the Millennial works […]

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Sound Masking in an Office Without Private Offices or Cubicles – The Bridgespan Group

January 8, 2015

Challenge Reducing Distractions and Protecting Speech Privacy in an Open-Concept Space When the Bridgespan Group, a non-profit consultant group for philanthropists and mission driven organizations, moved to a new 28,000 square foot, one floor location, they saw an opportunity to do something completely different with their office space and the way they worked. One aspirational […]

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How do you make 2015 New Year’s Resolutions Stick?

December 31, 2014

At the start of each year, millions of people set goals and resolutions as part of a fresh start.  To many, the New Year is a blank canvas that is full of new opportunities.  All to often however, the best laid plans of New Year’s resolutions fall apart for any number of reasons.  Is there […]

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