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Facilities Managers Conference (Two Day Event)

Date: Monday - May 21, 2012
Time: All Day
Location: The Inn, Gig Harbor, WA

Featuring Keynote Presentation by Laurie Gilmer, P.E., CFM, SFP, LEED AP, CxA.

Ms. Gilmer will present:
Energy Management in Schools: Saving Energy, Improving Performance, and Reducing Costs

As stewards of the built environment, Facility Managers are doing everything they can to support the mission of their organizations and operate their facilities in an efficient manner.  Over the last several years, there has been increasing pressure to monitor and disclose the energy efficiency of buildings.

Additionally, energy accounts for one of the largest controllable operational costs in a facility operations budget. According to the Department of Energy, in 2009 approximately 125,000 public and private U.S. K-12 schools spent $12 billion on energy.  The facility manager is in a unique position to measure, monitor, and decrease consumption and reduce operational costs through increased efficiency. 

We will review:

  • Importance of energy management
Benchmarking performance

  • Tools and strategies for improvement

Who Should Attend?
Facilities managers and members of their teams who are interested in connecting with colleagues, potential vendors and experts in the field.


Registration will begin at 3:00pm on May 21, 2012 the conference will begin at 3:30 and conclude at 4pm on May 22, 2012.

Tentative Conference Agenda
May 21
3:00-3:30pm: Registration
3:30-5:00pm: Keynote Presentation by Laurie Gilmer
5:00-6:00pm: Exhibitor Reception
6:00pm: Dinner
May 22 - Proudly Sponsored by: NBOA, SchoolDude & Building Solutions
8:00-9:00am: Breakfast
8:30-10:00am: Taking Facilities From Good to Great:  A Culture of Excellence in Facilities Management
10:00-10:30am: Break
10:30-12pm: Independent School Facilities Management Toolkit
12pm-1pm: Lunch
1:00-2:15pm: Breakout Sessions
2:15-2:30pm: Break
2:30-3:45pm: Giving Facilities a Voice
4:00pm: Program conclusion

Session Descriptions

May 22, 2012 8:30-10:00am:  Taking Facilities From Good to Great:  A Culture of Excellence in Facilities Management with Nicholas Mirisis, Director of Business Development & Public Affairs, SchoolDude

Most of us believe we have a good facilities operation. But how do we measure good…or great?  Have we looked at our processes and ensured they are as efficient as possible?  As budgets continue to tighten and we are expected to “do more with less” we must constantly assess how we operate and look to improve. This presentation will help you:

(1)  Identify and implement action items related to improving facility operations processes
(2)  Monitor your progress on those actions items over time to provide accountability
(3)  Create a culture of excellence in the Facilities and institute best practices to help you achieve your goals.

May 22, 2012 10:30-12:00am:  Independent School Facilities Management Toolkit

An introduction to NBOA’s “facilities toolkit,” including elements such as hiring a new director, staffing your department, understanding your physical plant building by building, life-safety issues, and outsourcing options.  Discover how to manage all of the critical functions of maintaining an optimal campus, while dealing with “distractions” such as transportation challenges, traffic duty, custodial requirements, fire drills, and more.

May 22, 2012 2:30-3:45pm: Giving Facilities a Voice

Who is your facilities asset manager, overseeing one of your school’s largest assets?  Are you informing your finance committee of the real cost of deferred maintenance? Build a persuasive case for allocating resources to Facilities, and be a more effective “voice” of the facility at the boardroom table, using industry benchmarks and your own records.  

Click Here to Learn More About the Conference Presenters

Registration Rates

Two Day Registration

  • Member Early Bird Rate: $275 (by April 5)
  • Member Regular Registration Rate: $325 (by May 2)
  • Member Late Registration Rate: $375 (After May 2)
  • Non-Member Registration Rate: $425 (anytime) 

One Day Registration Rates

Member Early Bird Rate: $175 (by April 5)
  • Member Regular Registration Rate: $215 (by May 2)
  • Member Late Registration Rate: $250 (After May 2)
  • Non-Member Registration Rate: $275 (anytime)

TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline.

  • For registrations completed by mail or online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.
  • Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.

Watch our short Online Registration how-to video.  For best results, click the play icon (triangle) and then allow the video to load before starting playback.

The INN is perfectly situated to provide easy access to all that the South Sound region has to offer. Conveniently located in picturesque Gig Harbor, the Inn is 2 miles north of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, only 15 minutes from downtown Tacoma, 40 minutes from Seattle Tacoma International Airport and an hour from downtown Seattle. For your convenience, the Kitsap Airporter provides door-to-door service to and from Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

Constructed and decorated in a Pacific Northwest rendition of the Craftsman style, the INN at Gig Harbor offers comfortably appointed rooms and suites. Additionally you will enjoy the convenience of complimentary high-speed internet access as well as in-room coffee. All of our guest rooms and suites also have refrigerators, microwave ovens and flat-panel LCD TVs.  

Make hotel reservations by calling by May 3, 2012 and refer to the PNW Association of Independent schools to take advantage of the room rate of $109 / night plus tax.  The room rate is good for three days before and after the conference.

Cancellation Policy
Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by May 8, 2012 are eligible for a refund after a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after May 8, 2012 are ineligible for any refund.

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Upcoming Conferences

Registration Now Open
May 19, 2012 (Sat.)
Board Chairs Workshop
Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Registration Now Open
May 21-22, 2012 (Mon.-Tues.)
Facilities Managers Conference
Location: The Inn, Gig Harbor, WA

Registration Now Open
June 18-20, 2012 (Mon.-Wed.)
Institutional Advancement Conference
Cedarbrook Lodge, SeaTac, WA

Registration Now Open
June 25-27, 2012 (Mon.-Wed.)
Leadership Institute
Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA

Registration Now Open
June 25-27, 2012 (Mon.-Wed.)
Diversity Practitioners Retreat
Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA

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Academic Year 2012-13

Registration Now Open

July 2-3, 2012 (Mon.-Tues.)
Tech Share Conference
Location: Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Registration Now Open
August 7-10, 2012
New Heads Institute
Location: Alderbrook Resort, Union, WA

September 10, 2012 (tentative)
Bloodborne Pathogens Workshop
Location: TBA

October 11, 2012
Self Study Coordinators Workshop
Annie Wright School
Tacoma, WA

October 12, 2012
Fall Educators Conference
Annie Wright School
Tacoma, WA

October 24, 2012
Critical Conversation Lab
Location: TBA

November 3-4, 2012
Institutional Leadership Conference
Cedarbrook Lodge
Seatac, WA

November 4-5, 2012
Fall Heads Meeting
Cedarbrook Lodge
Seatac, WA

November 6, 2012
Sustainable Fundraising Workshop
Location: TBA

February 8-9, 2013 (Fri.-Sat.)
Student Diversity Leadership Retreat
For Students in grades 10, 11 and 12
Location: TBA

April 21-23, 2013 (Sun.-Tues.)
Business Officers Conference
Location: TBA

May 5-7, 2013 (Sun.-Tues.)
Spring Heads Conference
Location: TBA

May 18, 2013 (Sat.)
Board Chairs Workshop
Location: TBA

June 20-21, 2013 (Thurs.-Fri.)
Administrative Assistants
Location: TBA

June 24-26, 2013 (Mon.-Wed.)
Leadership Institute
Location: TBA

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