Returning April 21 and 22, 2021


Wednesday, April 15

Session 1

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

LED Lighting Systems With Integrated Controls – an Overview

(Sponsored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance)


Barb Hamilton, Evergreen Consulting Group


This presentation will explore how LED lighting systems with integrated controls can provide multiple benefits for a facility. Such systems not only maximize energy savings but also provide flexibility for future space-use changes. The speaker will discuss improved lighting quality and occupant comfort considerations and also provide installation details.


Session 2

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Tools for Successful Change Management


Cole Chatterton, Paradigm Swift


Change must happen for companies to stay relevant, profitable and on-point with ever-changing technologies. This session will help you, as a manager, to effectively implement changes within your department. The speaker will provide tools to: understand change, guide employees through a change, gain commitment, recognize points of resistance, and techniques to energize your staff to embrace the change. Included will be details on the ADKAR model – a change management tool to help identify difficulties with change, which analyzes why some changes succeed more easily than others. Learn how to accomplish successful change at your facility.

Session A

8:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Emergency Management – Tools for Planning

(Sponsored by AIA-Oregon)



Paul Wallman, Building Manager, World Trade Center Properties PGE

Alex Ubiadas,  Emergency Manager, Trimet

Paul Jewell, Beaverton School District 


Learn about tools for preparing your facilities and business operations for natural disasters and emergency management by planning for business continuity before, during and after an event. This presentation will explore how organizations with large facilities or extended sites create plans for risk mitigation, immediate post-event evaluation and business continuity, and finally bouncing back from an event.


Session 3

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Creating a More Resilient Multnomah County Through Innovative Building Practices


Tim Lynch, Senior Policy Analyst, Multnomah County Office of Sustainability


Multnomah County, headquartered in Portland, is a national leader in advancing sustainable practices. Learn about how Multnomah County and the region are vulnerable to climate change, and how improved building design and operation practices can both reduce costs and increase the resilience of public and private organizations and the community at large. Among the topics discussed will be the County's Green Building Policy, which guides new construction projects and large renovations at the County to maximize green construction practices, and how it has resulted in innovative building design at the new Multnomah County Courthouse. The speaker will also discuss PropertyFit, an innovative financing program that enables commercial building owners and operators to improve their buildings through energy efficiency, renewable energy and seismic upgrades.


Session 4

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Wearable Technology – Benefits for Maintenance Workers


James Gordey and Adam Abramski, RealWare


This session will examine the trend of wearable technology, with a focus on how such technology is benefitting maintenance staff on the job.  Learn how wearable technology has advanced in recent years, about the types of wearable technology, and what types of maintenance jobs are most benefited.


Session 5

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Energy Code Changes for Commercial Buildings – What’s in Store for Oregon and Washington Facilities


Bing Liu, ASHRAE Fellow, Senior Manager, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Blake Shelide, Facilities Engineer, Oregon Department of Energy


This presentation will cover changes to commercial energy codes for buildings in Oregon and Washington.  The Oregon changes, in effect as of October 2019, will present a major shift from I-code to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016 as its commercial energy code, which will impact the areas of envelope, lighting, mechanical systems, and building commissioning. The Washington changes, effective as of July 1, 2020, will require a calculation of HVAC system efficiency and will impact the areas of lighting as well. Both codes have adopted a whole-building energy performance compliance path. Also mentioned will be Washington’s new Clean Building Bill, and what that legislation means for facilities. Find out what you need to know about these energy codes that apply to newly constructed buildings, additions, and alterations and existing building energy performance.


Session 6

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The New ANSI Standards For Aerial Work Platforms – Are You in Compliance?


Jeffrey Eckhardt, VP/Chief Engineer, Xtreme Manufacturing/Snorkel Internl.


Learn what you need to know about compliance with the new ASNI Standards for aerial work platforms, effective as of March 1, 2020. These new standards (ANSI/SAIA A92) affect the design, operation, training and user responsibilities for self-propelled and manually propelled boom lifts, scissor lifts, mast lifts, and personnel lifts.  The standards’ purpose is to improve workplace safety. 

Session B

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Earthquake Resiliency – USRC Ratings Show How Your Facility Measures Up

(Sponsored by AIA-Oregon)


Mark Tobin, Principal, KPFF Consulting Engineers


This presentation will introduce you to the United States Resiliency Council (USRC) rating system. Modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) methodology, the USRC establishes a rating system for the seismic resilience of buildings by evaluating three categories of performance: safety, damage and recovery. Structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing components all contribute to or reduce the USRC rating in each performance category.


Session 7

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Direct-Drive Fan Arrays – Applications for Energy Savings and for Mission Critical Facilities Where HVAC Downtime Can’t Be Tolerated


Henry Bauer, Air Reps LLC


As variable-frequency drives have become more commonplace over the last 20 years, energy economics have changed. Most notably, the use of direct-drive fan arrays have become popular because of decreased energy use and improved system maintenance – but as well, because the system redundancy of these arrays is well-suited to mission critical facilities, where HVAC failure can’t be tolerated even for a brief time. The speaker will provide an overview of these fan systems, which will outline the impact on energy use of a building, along with acoustic, system redundancy features and other ownership considerations. Also included will be some application examples.


Session 8

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tour of the New Hyatt Regency Convention Center Hotel


Guide: Greg Farmer, Director of Engineering


You’ve watched with interest the downtown construction, which began in 2017, and now as of this year it’s finished – the impressive 600-room Hyatt Regency Convention Center Hotel, a LEED-certified building that is part of the Oregon Convention Center. The hotel’s Engineering Director will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what makes the hotel’s facilities operations happen. The tour will show the boiler room, elevator room, and cooling tower.  Also the fire control room, main electrical room, domestic water pumps, and more.

Session C

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

How Local and Regional Government Emergency Plans Can Help Your Facility

(Sponsored by AIA-Oregon)


Jonna Papaefthimiou, Planning and Preparedness Manager, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management PBEM

Denise Barrett, Managing Director, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization RDPO


This session will review local and regional government plans for emergency preparedness and recovery.  Learn about what your facility should expect from government agencies should an event occur.


Session D

2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Coordinating Building Structural Evaluation with Your Resilience and Business Continuity Plans

(Sponsored by AIA-Oregon)


Alan Scott, FAIA, Senior Consultant, Intertek

Jay Raskin, FAIA, Founding Member of Salus Resilience


After ensuring that your building is structurally sound and will likely support safe occupancy after a hazard event, the next step is to consider how the physical infrastructure aligns with your resilience and business continuity plan. Given assumptions about utility disruptions after potential hazard events, what technology and physical building attributes are required to support the safe, comfortable and productive use of your facilities in potential post-hazard scenarios? This session will explore these considerations and possible solutions applicable to both existing facilities and new building design.

Thursday,  April 16


Session 9

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

LED Lighting Systems Color Tuning – Successful Applications in Offices

(Sponsored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance)


Chris Wolgamott, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance


This presentation will explain how color tuning capabilities can be built into an LED lighting system, and the benefits of color-tuning in an office setting, including improvements in occupant productivity. Find out why tunable lighting can be a good choice for offices, and about practices for specifying and installing such lighting.


Session 10

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Roof Restoration – When Is It The Best Solution For Your Roof?


Andrew Howell, Highland Commercial Roofing


Facility engineers are tasked with evaluating a failing roof and determining the next course of action. This is not a simple task. There are many options available and different roofs call for different solutions. One solution is roof restoration. This session will discuss when a roof is a viable candidate for restoration and the available restoration systems.


Session 11

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Smart Buildings – Leveraging Technology to Run More Efficient Buildings


John Matthews, Building Systems Director, Delta Connects


Facilities engineers have very big jobs, as well as a constant challenge to increase efficiency. The answer to this challenge is smart buildings, which bring information from building systems (HVAC, lighting, electrical, and security) together with other enterprise systems.  Smart buildings reduce waste and increase occupant connectivity. Learn about smart buildings, how software is being evolved, and how construction teams are modifying their build approaches to accommodate new technology.

Session 12

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

NFPA 70E Requirements Vital for Electrical Safety in Facilities


Barry Moreland, Safety Director, NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center (NIETC)


This session will focus on NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, originally developed by the NFPA at OSHA's request. This standard includes the latest information about the effects of arc flash, arc blast, and direct current hazards, and about developments in electrical design and personal protective equipment. The standard aids in compliance with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. The standard continues to evolve to address risk assessment and human factors, such as human error, as part of that assessment.  Also discussed will be the changes in the most recent edition of the standard.


Session 13

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Turning Deferred Maintenance into Cash:  a How-to-Guide with Real World Examples

(Sponsored by the Energy Trust of Oregon)


Colin Podelnyk, Senior Outreach Manager-Existing Buildings, Energy Trust of Oregon


Deferred maintenance is something that nearly every facility has. Facilities engineers face a continual challenge to get the needed resources to keep equipment functioning safely and properly.  But if you can present your deferred maintenance projects not as costs but rather as contributors to the company, you will have a better chance of getting project approvals. Learn how to use projects that pay for themselves (such as lighting or controls) and applying the extra positive funding to accomplish other deferred maintenance items that don’t have a payback (like door hardware, ADA improvements, cleaning equipment). Included will be some case history examples, and information on incentives.

Session 14

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Top Five Mistakes Facilities Engineers Need to Know About Facility Video Surveillance Systems


Derek Bliss and Max Saldana, REECE Complete Security Systems and Hunter Robinson, Milestone Systems


This session will provide solutions to common mistakes involving video surveillance systems. Learn about crucial steps to ensure that your security dollars are used efficiently. The speakers will offer solutions to challenges such as storage options, camera placement, reliability and more. Gain information to help ensure that your video system doesn’t let you down when it counts, and that your video surveillance is working at optimal performance.


Session 15

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Graywater – Permitting for Nonpotable Water Reuse for Commercial Facilities


Pat Heins, State Water Reuse Coordinator, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality


This session will discuss the permitting process and applications of “graywater” –  reusing nonpotable water (non-drinking-quality water) from sinks, laundry, air conditioner condensation and showers for irrigation or other beneficial uses for commercial facilities. More than water conservation, it is a way to turn a waste into a resource. The speaker will also discuss the permitting process and how to stay in compliance with Oregon State graywater regulations.

Session 16

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rooftop and Raised Equipment Safe Access:  What Facilities Managers Need to Know


Bob Murtha, EZ Systems


This session will discuss safe, fixed-point roof accessibility, rooftop equipment access,  raised equipment (HVAC and generator) access, parapet stepover concerns and the future of rooftop access. The speaker will examine risk management and cost vs ease of use and accessibility. Also included will be information on future OSHA changes to rooftop access.


Session 17

Special Film

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices


Enlightened companies today realize that there is a business case for building green. “High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices” is a high-interest film, produced by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council, which profiles 13 LEED projects. The film includes interviews with building managers and others who document the benefits to their facilities from green building practices.



Note re LEED:

As of 2012, the Green Building Certification Institute allows individuals with LEED Professional credentials to report any education related to green buildings to the Institute for continuing education. Upon request, Facilities Expo will send a certificate of completion for sessions on green building topics to any LEED Professional who requests one for GBCI documentation purposes, as long as they make the request at the conclusion of the class session, and as long as their badge was scanned.

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