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Facility managers offered exclusive behind-the-scenes facility tours

Tours will be given of SDSU, the San Diego Zoo and Peregrine Systems

From construction projects through physical security and safety to space planning, the job of a facility manager is never done. Quite often, with ever-changing standards and codes, it is almost impossible to keep up-to-date. One of the show highlights of Facility Forum 2002 includes exclusive behind-the-scenes facility tours at the San Diego Zoo, Peregrine Systems and San Diego State University on April 24.

San Diego facility managers, as well as attendees from across the country, will learn first-hand what it takes to run the "World Famous San Diego Zoo." Tour-goers will experience a vast array of education facility opportunities, ranging from the hippo water filtration system and animal holding area through the safari-ride drive unit and car maintenance barns to the giraffe barn and panda encounter.

The 100-acre zoo boosts the reputation of a sought after recreation destination, but few stop to realize what it takes to put it all together. On the tour, facility managers will also discuss specific problems they encounter when caring for the animals in each area, as well as the regulatory obstacles the park faces when dealing with the animal holding and exhibition programs.

National attendees will also get a chance to tour the high-technology headquarters of Peregrine Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: PRGN), a 540,000-square-foot campus. The tour will allow visitors to visit the Sorrento Valley command center and its five buildings located in three expansive courtyards.

On the SDSU tour, guests will witness the construction of many prominent and cutting-edge facilities under current construction at the campus, including the first underground trolley station project in the region and the tour through the construction of the new co-generation plant. This is an ideal opportunity for facility managers as many of SDSU's proposed redevelopment plans are being used as national models.

"Facility Forum allows attendees to obtain a better understanding of the newest tools and technologies impacting the facility industry," said Ted Coene, president of Facility Forum. "By adding these off-site tours, attendees can view all the products and services they had seen on the exhibit floor in use at a variety of different facilities."

To inquire about pricing and availability of one of the facility tours, contact Jennifer Macaluso, event manager, at (800) 524-0337 or via email at jmacaluso@groupc.com. You can also access the latest on Facility Forum and also obtain tour information at www.facilityforum.com.

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