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Video: Best Practices Discussed by 2015 FMXcellence Award Winners



Representatives of the 4 winning projects discuss how to pursue energy efficiency, retain talent, establish a trades apprentice program, and maintain meticulous operations practices


By Naomi Millán, Senior Editor   Facilities Management

Building Operating Management magazine created the FMXcellence awards program six years ago to identify and spread the word about industry best practices, and to recognize facilities management teams that add significant value to their organizations by helping to achieve broader goals.

This year's four winners demonstrated the value of pre-thinking and creating a solid foundation of analysis to get out in front of looming problems. The four are: Sheridan College, near Toronto; the adidas Group; the University of Arizona, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The videos that follow feature key individuals from each of those projects, interviewed during their visit to the 2015 NFMT conference in Baltimore. For a detailed discussion of each project, click here.

adidas and Sheridan College

Taking a Portfolio Approach to Energy Efficiency

Elizabeth Henry, senior manager of energy and environment with adidas, and Herbert Sinnock, manager of sustainable energy systems at Sheridan College, discuss why it is advantageous to pursue energy efficiency with a multi-part portfolio approach rather than with isolated projects.

How to Get Funding for Large-Scale Energy Efficiency Projects

Elizabeth Henry, senior manager of energy and environment with adidas, and Herbert Sinnock, manager of sustainable energy systems at Sheridan College, manage large-scale ongoing energy efficiency projects on their campuses. Here they discuss how facility managers can overcome hurdles and secure capital for such initiatives.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Arizona

Retaining Talent in Facilities Management Organizations

Bob Cowan, director of facilities with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Jenna Elmer, assistant director of human resources in the facilities management department at University of Arizona, discuss how they retain the A-list staff in which their organizations have heavily invested.

How to Build a Trades Apprentice Program

Faced with a looming shortage of qualified tradesmen to work in the facilities management department, the University of Arizona took matters into its own hands and established an apprentice program creating a pipeline of candidates for its shops. Here Jenna Elmer, assistant director of human resources with the facilities management department at U of A discusses best practices the department has developed while establishing its program.

Best Practices for Maintaining Meticulous Operations Practices

Bob Cowan, director of facilities at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, discusses what it takes to maintain meticulous and effective facilities management practices in place in a challenging environment with a lean staff.


posted on 8/31/2015

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