From The President - Jill Cogburn
Spring is here!
The weather here is fascinating. On any given day, it can be 39 85 degrees, suffer from severe drought or receive almost 5 of rain. In fact, the state of Texas leads the nation almost every year in flood-related deaths and property damage. Austin (and Central Texas) is known as Flash Flood Alley because large storms often stall over the Balcones Escarpment and produce extreme rainfall. Texas has half of the world record rainfall rates (for 48 hours or less).
A couple of the world records:
1921 in Thrall, Texas, a storm produced 32 of rain in 12 hours
1935 in D Hanis, Texas, a storm produced 22 of rain in 2 hours and 45 min.
IFMA at the State Capitol
Rep. Mark Strama, one of our Texas Green Building Champions, will announce a Green Building Resolution at the State Capitol on Monday, April 22nd as a part of Texas Green Building Day 2013. IFMA supports this resolution. Please contact me if you would like to attend on IMFA s behalf.
If you missed the March luncheon, you missed fabulous food & a very interesting program! Becky Sandifer gave us a great presentation on Emotional Intelligence. Her presentation is on the IFMA website. On Thursday, I am looking forward to Dr. Jim Gaines presentation. Dr. Gaines is a Research Economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University focused on housing and land development issues. He will speak about the current state of the economy in the US, Texas and locally as well as the outlook for the real estate market in Austin for 2013 and into 2014.
Our next luncheon is Thursday, April 11th at Maggiano s in the Domain.
Benefits of Membership
We had a fun bunch of folks attend the Toros basketball game on March 15th. Terry Swets (CORT) and Todd Coleman (Texas Building Services) hosted a very fun trip to San Antonio to see the Spurs last week. What a fun group to hang out with! I ve heard we have some very exciting tours and mixers planned!
The 2013 Annual Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15th at Grey Rock, formerly Circle C. We will have a shotgun start at 12:30pm and some new surprises planned for the evening activities. If you would like to be a part of this worthwhile committee, please let me or Kelly Quinney with The Steam Team know.
If you need any assistance, please reach out to me, a Board Member or Committee Chair. Your attendance at the events and active participation in your chapter helps to grow the Facility Management profession. It s going to be a great year for IFMA!
Tech Corner- By Tim Geier
The last few issues this section has featured information on electrical power in Building Emergency Systems. The topic for this issue is related to a different kind of power.
In our area with the events at the new Circuit of the Americas, the Drag Boat Races in Marble Falls and other motorized racing events in Texas, I found some interesting statistics that brings an amazing area of engineering into perspective.
These amazing statistics describe in detail the awesome power developed from one type of engine, that will used in some of the upcoming racing events this coming summer in central Texas.
Subject: Acceleration---The Real Deal
For those who love numbers, engineers, speed freaks and those who think they have gone too fast at one time or another. This puts Corvette performance in perspective. This article mentions Lingenfelter twin turbo powered Z06.
Read this thru slowly and try to comprehend the amount of force produced in just under 4 seconds! The last paragraph puts it all into perspective !
There are no rockets or airplanes built by any government in the world that can accelerate from a standing start as fast as a Top Fuel Dragster or Funny Car ..and that includes any aircraft launched by a catapult from an aircraft carrier. nothing can compare ..read more...
Austin IFMA Chapter Certified Facility Manager (CFM) Study Group - By Jim Hunley
The Austin IFMA Chapter is establishing a CFM study group for those Facility Professionals that are interested in pursuing the CFM designation. The study group meeting dates, times and types remain to be finalized but are projected to be a combination of training including face to face, conference calls, WebEx and online study group options. You might be asking yourself, why I would want to spend the time, effort, and money (yours or your company s) to pursue this certification. The top reasons are:
In today s competitive job market, earning the CFM proves that you have the skills, abilities and knowledge within the facility management arena.
On average, Facility Manager s/Professionals with the CFM
certification earn 18% more than non-certified individuals.
The CFM is the most prestigious and sought after credential in Facility
Management and is the only globally recognized Facility certification.
Join the ranks and earn your stripes as a certified leader in the Facility Management profession. Please look for the signup sheet at the April 11th IFMA meeting or contact Jim Hunley at email@example.com or 512-989-5001 to sign up or to get more information.