CONFERENCE PROGRAM

NORTHWEST FACILITIES EXPO / MANAGING GREEN BUILDINGS CONFERENCE

Time Name Speakers Description
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 1: LED Lighting Systems With Integrated Controls – an OverviewBarb 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.

8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 2: Top Five Mistakes Facilities Engineers Need to Know About Facility Video Surveillance SystemsDerek Bliss - , REECE Complete Security Systems
Max Saldana - , 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.

10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 3: Turning Deferred Maintenance into Cash: a How-to-Guide with Real World ExamplesColin Podelnyk - , TRC, Contractor for 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.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 4: Earthquake Resiliency – USRC Ratings Show How Your Facility Measures UpMark 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.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 5: Equity and Inclusion in Your Facilities Management – the Cornerstone for a Culture of Continuous ImprovementHeidi Van Brocklin - Facilities Communication Manager, Portland Community College
Tony Ichsan - Facilities Director, Whitman College
Learn how best to successfully provide inclusive and equitable opportunities in the facilities profession, creating cultural competence in your diverse workforce. Join the speakers for this journey from an implementation perspective and learn how to engage in authentic dialogue – ensuring that facilities will not only lead in diversity, equity and inclusion, but continue to be the backbone of your organization.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 6: How Local and Regional Government Emergency Plans Can Help Your FacilityAnne Castleton - Emergency Manager, Portland Bureau of Development Services
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.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMSession 7: Tour of the New Hyatt Regency Convention CenterGreg Farmer - Director of Engineering, Hyatt Regency Convention Center

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. Note: this tour will be limited to 12 attendees, but it will be given again at the end of the conference on Sept. 2.

Thursday, September 2, 2021
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 8: Graywater – Permitting for Nonpotable Water Reuse for Commercial FacilitiesPat 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.
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 9: NFPA 70E Requirements Vital for Electrical Safety in FacilitiesBarry 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.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 10: Energy Code Changes for Commercial Buildings – What’s in Store for Oregon and Washington FacilitiesLouis Starr - , 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. In 2019, Oregon underwent a major shift from I-code to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016 as its commercial energy code, which impacted the areas of envelope, lighting, mechanical systems, and building commissioning. Recently in 2021, Oregon has adopted the next version of the ASHRAE standard, ASHRAE 90.1-2019, which will become fully effective October 1. The Washington changes, effective as of Feb. 1, 2021, 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.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 11: Preparing for an OSHA InspectionDeb Bridges - , Safety Northwest LLC
This session will assist you in preparing for a potential OSHA inspection. The speaker will discuss the causes that might trigger an inspection in your workplace and the steps of the inspection process. Also discussed will be the most commonly cited OSHA violations and strategies to reduce the risk of violations through the development of a robust safety program, accountability and training.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 12: Direct-Drive Fan Arrays – Applications for Energy Savings and for Mission Critical Facilities Where HVAC Downtime Can’t Be ToleratedHenry 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.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 13: Tour of the New Hyatt Regency Convention CenterGreg Farmer - Director of Engineering, Hyatt Regency Convention Center
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.