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​​​​​April Luncheon
Now at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse at the Domain

ADA Code Compliance
Presented By:
Robert Ronson

Robert Ronson of ADA Assistance will present the latest information on ADA Updates and Changes, along with a review of Codes and Violations

Welcome New Members

Robert Bale - Facility Manager
Pedernales Electric Coop

Laura Ann Cowan - Sr Facilities Manager
Demand Media

Rhonna Endres - Regional Development Manager
Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc.

Jeff Kauffman - Director of Construction Management
Austin ISD

Paul Kilmer - Project Manager
Trimbuilt Construction Inc.

Randy Mauer - Sr Facilities Tech

Tech Corner

In past issues this sectionhas been dedicated primarily to building operations of Mechanical and Electrical infrastructure systems.

In this edition I wanted to focus on your homes electrical system and the maintenance of those components.

There was a very good article on this subject that had been featured in the Austin Statesman, but it had already been removed from its website at the time of this writing. I was able to locate an alternate source of information on this important topic. Learn more...

Our Sponsors

The 2014 Annual Sponsorship program is now available. If you wanted to gain more exposure to the Members of IFMA Austin and would like to reserve your spot at all the major IFMA events for the year, check out the Annual Sponsorship program for The IFMA Chapter of Austin.

Contact Scott Slaughter at 512-964-5124 orsslaughter@abfurn.comif you have questions.

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April 2014 Newsletter

Message from the President

Spring in Central Texas is one of the most beautiful times of the year! The bluebonnets and wildflowers are in full bloom all along the Capital of Texas Highway, Mopac and throughout the Hill Country. I hope you are able to enjoy all that spring has to offer.

The March luncheon was held at our new venue, Flemings Prime Steakhouse at the Domain. The restaurant is delightful and the food was delicious! Our speakers from the Austin Fire Department, Lieutenant Boes, Scott Stookey and Karen Lee were very informative. They gave us the latest news on fire safety and alarm coding as well as changes to the 2012 IFC that impact commercial building facility managers.

Continue to look for your monthly Cvent invitation in your email for our luncheons and other events.

Our next luncheon is Thursday, April 10th at Flemings Prime Steakhouse at the Domain.

Our speaker is Robert Ronson of ADA Assistance. He will be educating us about ADA Updates, Changes, Review of Codes and Violations. Our Programs Committee provided us with some excellent speakers.

The 2014 Golf Tournament will be at The Golf Club Star Ranch on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

The Golf Committee has begun work on the event and you will be receiving more details in the very near future.

Save the date for our 2014 Golf Tournament!

Don t forget about the sponsorship program. There are still a few openings left. This is a great opportunity to support IFMA Austin! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Scott Slaughter with Austin Business Furniture at Scott Slaughter

Hopefully you ve completed your plans to attend IFMA Facility Fusion 2014. The event will be in Washington DC on April 15th 17th. It looks to be a very informative event.

Visit the IFMA International website at for all the details.

If you have any questions, suggestions or need assistance, please contact me, a Board Member or a Committee Chair. Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers!

Golf Tournament 2014 - September 25 - Star Ranch

Your Golf Committee has been busy with the search for the perfect date, time and location for our upcoming tournament. If you would like to participate in the planning of this wonderful event, the Committee would love to have you. Please reach out to Scott Slaughter see how you can help.

14th Annual Power Luncheon - IREM Austin

The Austin Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management Professionals is hosting their 14th Annual Power Luncheon.

The event is open to our members as well for a cost per person of $45.00 and $650 per table of 10. click here to lean more about this exciting event on Tuesday May 6, 2014

Professional Mixer - March - KI Racing

The night of March 27th was reminiscent of a NASCAR duel between Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch who were going at it recently at a race in Morrisville NC and went so far as to threaten bodily harm to the other in public radio chatter.

Now this race did not get quite that far out of hand and tempers were kept in check as Jim Hunley, who led most of the laps in this race finale, was overtaken by Joe Latteo of Bell County. The lead change occurred in a tight corner on one of the final laps in this tightly contested race.

Joe fought his way from the 3rd place position and did not pull into the lead until lap 18 of the 20 lab feature event. I am pretty certain Joe learned most of his racing maneuvers while traveling down I-35 from Bell County, through traffic and construction zones to attend the IFMA luncheons and other Board Member Responsibilities. That may also be an indicator of where Jim earned his skills, while enjoying a regular commute on I-35 to his San Antonio facility responsibility.

A big thanks to Crystal Green for putting together this fun and exciting event.

Race Results:
1. Joe Latteo
2. Jim Hunley
3. Mike Negro
4. David Thomas
5. Charles Carpenter
6. Rene Rice

Featured Associate - Cold Call

Wayne C. Malek, P.E., CFM, LEED-AP                           
Senior Project Manager

Name of your Employer:
Facility Engineering Associates

Describe your company s core competency.

Facility Engineering Associates (FEA) was founded in 1992 to provide technical support to owners and managers of existing facilities.Since then, FEA has grown to a national engineering and facility management consulting firm with over 50 employees whose education and experience provides effective solutions our client s facility repair, upgrade, operation and management needs to help extend the service life of existing facilities and building systems.Our corporate office is located near Washington, DC, with additional major offices located in Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, and San Francisco, CA.

FEA services are organized into three major groups

  • Facility Engineering Services
  • Facility and Asset Management
  • Energy Management and Sustainability

Describe your primary job functions.

Sammy's House

IFMA Community services leader Todd Coleman who has met with the Sammy's House Manager, is working out the details for our next volunteer project.

Be sure to bring your work clothes with you on Thursday, we will be doing a "Spring Cleaning" at Sammy's House immediately following our luncheon.

New Things on Our Web Site:

Actually not just something new on our website,But a brand new website that will be launching soon, stay tuned!!

The image below is a peek of the new site, pretty good stuff!

My primary job functions are to provide engineering and facility management consultingto identify an appropriate scope of evaluation and design services to address specific facility/project needs.I personally develop or oversee other FEA professionals in the preparation of project plans and specifications, solicitation and evaluation of contractor bids, and performs construction management and administration during construction operations.I have extensive experience performing many building and facility condition assessments to assist property owners and managers with planning, forecasting, and prioritizing facility maintenance and upgrade projects.A portion of my work efforts are focused to market our services and prepare responses to Requests for Qualifications and service proposals.

Describe an average day.

Ispend a fair amount of time traveling in and out of Texas to market services and execute project design and construction projects.When at my home base in Austin, my days often include client/project management support by person to person meetings, or via teleconferencing, and marketing and business development tasks.

What type of clients do you work with?

I have provided services to every market and client sector served by FEA including:

  • Federal, state and local government
  • Educational and institutional
  • Property Management and Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate Hospitality, Transportation, Finance, Healthcare and Public Venues such as convention centers.

Percentage of your work and clients that are local/regional/national.

My work mix varies during a typical year.At this time I am providing services to a mix of projects/clients from Washington, DC to New Orleans and Texas including a major university in Maryland, hotel owner in New Orleans, condominium HOA s in Austin and Dallas, and new construction projects for an international developer in Dallas and Houston.Earlier this year I performed conditions assessments of fire stations and other municipal buildings in Las Vegas, Kansas City, and Chicago

How long have you been in this field?

I have been working in construction management or engineering consulting for 34 years.I earned a living as a carpenter until I came to Austin, Texas in 1980 to attend The University of Texas in Architectural Engineering.I immediately began working with an international construction firm performing construction projects on the UT campus, Seton Medical Center, and IBM complex on Burnet Road. I changed my focus to engineering consulting in 1986 and began working for an international consulting firm, Law Engineering and Environmental, Inc. services until 2001. I then moved to as small woman owned Austin based consulting firm, Baer Engineering and Environmental Consulting, Inc., until 2008, when I began with Facility Engineering Associates.

How s business right now?

FEA is currently very busy and find the current economy and markets in our areas of business to be fairly active. We are always pursuing new opportunities in existing and new markets with existing and new clients.

Identify some challenges to your industry.

In this age of having to accomplish more with fewer resources, it is a challenge for our clients to accomplish their facility operation and maintenance tasks, and is also the challenge we take to assist clients.We are constantly looking for innovative approaches, methods, and technology to improve our work product to our clients and surpass our clients expectations.

Tell us about your personal life, family, hobbies and interests outside work.

I grew up in a small city at the northern tip of beautiful Owasco Lake in New York. I havesix brothers and no sisters.I moved to Austin, Texas with a van full of belongings in 1980 and attended the University of Texas where I met my wife Bonnie in 1984. We have two sons, 23 and 19 years old, and raised them in beautiful Austin, Texas. I enjoy carpentry, my early life employment, and have completed many home upgrades on my own.We have enjoyed camping, boating, snow and water skiing, target shooting, and more recently motorbike riding and maintenance.

Education & Professional Development
By Jim Hunley

Feeding the mind is nearly as important as feeding the body. This has never been truer than in today s every changing facilities arena. With the fast paced technology advances, new changes to old processes, more dos and a lot more don ts, it is even more imperative that we maintain focus on feeding our mind. This holds true for Facilities Managers and for those that provide and offer support to the Facilities roles.

With that in mind (some pun intended), I am pleased to announce that the Austin IFMA Chapter is leading the charge on the following 2014 Training & Professional Development opportunities:

In August, the Austin Chapter will be sponsoring a one day, CFM prep course. The date and location remain to be determined and will be announced in Late April or early May. There will be more to come on this exciting opportunity.

The Chapter is looking for a member with classroom style teaching experience that would be interested in becoming an IFMA Certified Instructor in the SFP, FMP and CFM materials. There would be no direct of pocket costs to the individual to become certified and would provide a means to earn extra income by teaching to Texas IFMA Chapters other IFMA Chapters, nationwide, as time and schedule permits. Not only will we look at Austin as the primary for this role but also to the Chapters in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio as needed.

The Chapter is seeking a Education and Professional Development chair. The focus of this role is to provide Training and Professional Development opportunities for members of the Austin IFMA Chapter. Part of this role will be to build a committee to increase the training opportunities that can be offered.

If you have any interest in any of these items listed above, please contact Jim Hunley or Melody Williamson.

Thank you


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