The fifth annual Facility Forum will take place April 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center in downtown San Diego. Noted as one of the nation's favorite meeting and convention destinations, San Diego combines a relaxed, resort appeal with exciting urban sophistication and an array of world-class attractions. It is also recognized globally as the nation's fastest growing mecca for the biomedical, high-tech and telecommunications industries.
Educational opportunity enhancements
Facility Forum 2002's conference schedule boasts more than 90 hours of comprehensive educational sessions and career development programs. Course levels range from beginner to advanced within the seven distinct seminar tracks:
As in past years, Facility Forum 2002 will offer learning credits and sponsored seminars toward the following national and local industry associations:
New package, same quality
Facility Forum 2002 continues its tradition of bringing the latest industry trends, products, technologies and products to attendees. In an effort to keep the format as innovative as the content, the show has been reorganized and packaged in response to feedback from past attendees.
This year, show management is pleased to introduce "Industry Days" -- a package of courses, networking opportunities and exhibit hall viewing created to elevate the standards of each association and to promote working relationships with members.
Monday, April 22 is Design Day. Free to all IIDA, ASID and other certified designers, Design Day includes the Keynote Breakfast Panel Discussion: The Energy Crisis, dedicated show hours for the exhibit hall, and one free seminar.
Tuesday, April 23 is BOMA International Day, sponsored by BOMA International. Free to all BOMA members, this package includes the General Session breakfast, dedicated show hours in the exhibit hall and two free seminars.
Project Management Day -- sponsored by AIA and CSI -- is also scheduled for Tuesday, April 23. Free to all CSI and AIA members, events of this package include the General Session Breakfast, dedicated show hours in the exhibit hall, and two free seminars.
By arranging the sessions in this packaged form, show management will reduce attendee scheduling conflicts. "We have noticed a pattern in the course selection of association members, and we have tried to accommodate the needs of those parties by offering seminars tailored to their specific requirements," said Jennifer Macaluso, Facility Forum event manager.
Roundtables and workshops
Another feature new to this year's show is the pre-conference program, scheduled for Sunday, April 21. During this time, attendees will participate in a full day of informative, vendor-moderated roundtable discussions and educational, three-hour workshops.
The workshops are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. These sessions will offer participants an opportunity to go further than passive listening, since the presenters will assign scenarios for attendees to work through individually or in small groups.
The roundtable discussions immediately follow the workshops from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. In these sessions, facility managers are able to share their expertise as they benefit from the experiences of industry suppliers.
The day is topped off by the annual networking reception, where attendees can relax, unwind, talk about ideas sparked during the discussions of the day and get acquainted with peers and presenters. This year's theme for the reception is a Beach Bash on the terrace of the Convention Center, overlooking the San Diego Bay.
The behind the scenes facility tours are possibly the most popular element of the show. This year's facility tours offer facility managers the opportunity to see how concepts discussed in the educational sessions can be applied in a variety of disciplines.
Facility managers with a penchant for hardhats can tour San Diego State University, where construction of a new cogeneration plant and the first underground trolley station in the region can be viewed at varying levels of completion. Facility managers with technological interests can opt for the tour of Peregrine Systems, where they can get a first-hand view of how a high-tech campus is wired.
Facility managers interested in ventilation and filtration can choose the tour of the San Diego Zoo, where they can get a glimpse of how the animal habitats are maintained, plus see the famous panda bears.
"Facility Forum allows attendees to obtain a better understanding of the newest tools and technologies impacting the facility industry," said Ted Coene, Facility Forum president. "By adding these off-site tours to their show experience, attendees can view the products and services they saw on the exhibit floor in use at a variety of facilities."
The exhibit hall's main purpose is to complement the show's seven educational tracks by highlighting some of the solutions discussed during the sessions. Facility-management products and services seen on the show floor fall into such categories as building materials, computers, software, storage, roofing, energy, HVAC, furnishing, flooring, security, safety and more.
In its continuing effort to bring attendees the products, services and information they need to succeed, show management brings to the floor the best representation of what is new and relevant to the facility-management profession.
Next year, Facility Forum 2003 will co-locate with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) as part of a new exhibition: Construct America.
"The co-location of The CSI Show and Facility Forum will make Construct America one of the largest annual construction and building industry trade shows in the nation," said Coene. "Attendees will benefit from special joint education and general session programming, and they will enjoy increased exposure to industry products and services through the ability to cross over between the two shows."
The CSI Show typically draws more than 9,000 attendees and features approximately 1,000 booths representing 600 participating companies. Facility Forum 2001 attracted more than 2,500 qualified attendees, and more than 200 companies exhibited. The combination of these two events should yield tremendous results.
"Construct America will bring together, under one roof, nearly 15,000 representatives from all disciplines involved in sustaining and creating the built environment," said Greg Balestrero, CSI's executive director. "It will be the one place where the entire industry can meet every year to discover and share leading-edge applications and technology, and to connect with qualified partners to facilitate construction."
"By partnering with CSI, we hope to provide facility professionals and other members of the building community with an opportunity to network with colleagues and business associates, and to take advantage of greater access to exhibits, programs and seminars that will help them to do their jobs better," Coene added.
After all, that is what the whole event is about: Helping facility managers to advance their careers through education and practical experiences that can be applied to their everyday actions.
Just a few of the names facility managers might recognize while touring the exhibit floor this year include:
Acoustic Ceiling Products
ADT Security Services
APCO Graphics Inc.
ASI Sign Systems
Cardiac Science Inc.
Carter & Burgess
Davies Office Refurbishing Inc.
Digital Security Concepts Inc.
Galaxy Control Systems
Grainger Industrial Supply
Hirsch Electronics Corp.
Kaba Ilco Inc.
Lencore Acoustics Corp.
Lenel Systems International
Orkin Pest Control
Peregrine Systems Inc.
Royce Rolls, Ringer Co.
VacuShred by Schleicher
and hundreds more