2016 CSU Facilities Management Conference

Design and Construction Track

Design and Construction envisions and builds the campus’ physical structure. Because this effort leaves a long lasting imprint, it must help lead the way toward creating a broadly considered and sustainable environment. This track will explore transformational strategies on how to get from here to there; how places and spaces can inspire student success; how existing buildings can be repurposed to meet new expectations; how amazingly efficient buildings may be realized; and how continuous improvement in our project delivery methods can help us realize an even greater sustainable future.

Minors aren’t Minor: Small Project Delivery
Monday, October 17, 10:40 AM- 12:00 PM

This session will cover the processes used by two CSU campuses to manage minor capital projects. The discussion will be broad and cover topics related to initiation, planning, design, permitting, procurement, construction, and closeout, as well as lessons learned and best practices. These are all critical elements to timely project delivery, reducing campus risk, and establishing checks and balances necessary to avoid writing big checks on small projects. Join us for stories from the front.

Michael Brennan, Associate Director, Minor Projects, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Traci Ferdolage, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management,
Humboldt State University

Thomas Kennedy, Chief of Architecture and Engineering, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Jay Jefferson, Construction Manager, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Integrated Construction Teams
Monday, October 17, 1:30 PM- 2:50 PM

Integrated Project Teams are effective teams. Sutter Health is a leader in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) using true 3-party IPD contracts to deliver complex projects on fixed budgets and tight schedules. San Diego State’s Zura Hall renovation project attempted to emulate this philosophy without a 3-party contract. Understand how incentive pools and big room thinking have worked in the CSU context to improve project delivery outcomes. Learn how to integrate your construction teams on your next project.

Chris Drinko, Senior Project Manager, Balfour Beatty
James Pease, Regional Manager, Sutter Health
Jason Plitz, Project Manager/Superintendent, Balfour Beatty


Robert Schulz, Associate Vice President, Real State, Planning and Development,
San Diego State University

Net Zero - Virtual Reality
Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

The future is now and the CSU leads to make it sustainable. Hear where the State of California and the CSU will be heading as it adapts, leads, and transforms to sustainable policy, building/energy codes and other standards such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, Zero Net Energy, and AIA 2030. The West Berkeley Public Library, the first certified Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy public library in California, will serve as a case study to launch an exploration about how these new approaches and ideas can be incorporated into our projects.

Heather Flint Chatto, Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
Gérard Lee, Principal, HMC Architects


Warren Jacobs, Associate Vice President, Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction, CSU Los Angeles

The Surprising Link between Safety and Quality Projects
Tuesday, October 18, 9:10 AM - 10:10 AM

The surprising link between safety and quality is not intuitive but data driven. Join us to hear two nationwide leaders in establishing effective quality management programs speak to the surprising links between safety and quality. Useable, relevant techniques to incentivize and track quality on your projects will be provided. Reduce maintenance costs and improve quality with lessons learned from the very similar successful drive to improve safety. Did you know over 80% of accidents happen on rework? Did you know 78% of statistics are made up? Attend this session to find out which is true. This session will be an eye-opener!

Terry Brickman, Vice President, Quality Management and Lean Transformation,
PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc.
and Vice President, Construction Quality Executive Council
Bruce Wiesner, Construction Property Senior Risk Engineering Consultant,
Zurich Insurance


Jim Hoffman, Chief of Construction Management, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Design makes a Difference!
Tuesday, October 18, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Why does the physical environment matter? Why do we feel comfortable—or intrigued, or engaged—in some places and not in others? Data from design research, neurobiology, and evolutionary psychology help us understand how campus planning and architecture can truly advance the mission of higher education. What spatial elements create gathering spaces that people will really use? How does classroom design boost student engagement? How can architecture transform your experience? Join us to explore the lessons we’ve learned from our data-driven approach to architectural design and planning.

Susan Painter, Director of Campus Planning and Director of Research,
AC Martin, Inc.

Joe Valerio, Founding Partner, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates


Thomas Kennedy, Chief of Architecture and Engineering, CSU Office of the Chancellor