Best Practice Awards

The conference is pleased to host the Best Practice Awards to showcase and celebrate the hard work, innovations and achievements of our campuses. Best Practice Awards will be given in seven categories: energy, sustainability, physical plant, design, construction, student achievement and environmental health and safety.

The Best Practice Awards Committee and its subject experts will select the winner in each category. The grand prize winner amongst the seven category winners will be selected by registered conference attendees via a preconference vote. The grand prize winner will be announced at the conference dinner, Monday, October 29, where an awards presentation for all category winners will be held.

The grand prize winning campus will be honored with a perpetual trophy to hold for two years, a customized gift to remain with the campus, and a $5,000 award to use towards a sustainability or collaborative capital project on-campus. The $5,000 gift is made possible through the strong support of conference sponsorships in 2016.

Architecture & Engineering

Judging Criteria

Projects in this category demonstrate outstanding architectural and engineering achievements influenced by innovation, collaboration, and value creation. Using the Best Practices criteria listed below, submit a narrative in support of this criteria. Project must have been completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018.

  • The project improved design and construction systems and overall innovation where the approach challenged professionals to understand and embrace other points of view or solutions and to push boundaries within their own field.
  • The project integrated quality where functional and aesthetic goals are met with seamless meshing of structural layout and building service components in consideration of building longevity, giving confidence to maintain momentum of the design development progress.
  • Project considered the interaction among a set of factors with a comprehensive approach mapped such that elements were integrated for a sustainable solution with effective life-cycle strategy that contributed to the introduction of material to the project.

Please direct questions to the Architecture and Engineering Committee Chair:

Barbara Queen
Director for Planning, Design and Construction
Cal State Los Angeles
(323) 343-5784

Judging Criteria

This category is for best practices in construction delivery. When submitting a nomination, make clear the specific innovations introduced by the project that led to improved outcomes and that are replicable at other campuses, in areas such as:

  • Coming in on or under budget despite challenges such as added scope or unexpected conditions, (Provide metrics, if possible.)
  • Increased overall value to the owner, contractor and/or design professional, such as profitability for contractors and subs. (Provide metrics if possible.)
  • Improved project team collaboration. Share details such as whether the team enjoyed the project and would like to work together again. Did the project enhance the campus' reputation in the contracting community as an attractive place to bid work? What were the factors that led to these outcomes?
  • A high level of collaboration with and satisfaction by the campus community, neighbors, or other ancillary stakeholders. Were special planning and/or communication efforts made?
  • Improved schedule performance. Did the project improve RFI and submittal turnaround time, procurement practices, schedule milestones, resequencing to overcome delays, or other factors? How did the team achieve the improvements? (Provide metrics, if possible.)
  • Other innovations such as new technology, contracting methods, contractor bidding and selection.

Project must have been completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018.

Please direct questions to the Construction Delivery Committee Chair:

James Cleaton
Director of Construction
San Diego State
(619) 594-8076

Judging Criteria

Projects in this category should demonstrate a campus’ commitment to reducing grid-based energy consumption through a system retrofit or replacement and set forth best practices in operation and cooperation with campus faculty, staff and students. The project should demonstrate applicability to other CSU campuses by virtue of achievable budget and scope as well as acknowledgement of resource constraints. Evaluators will be especially interested in projects that are unique in scope, utilize innovative technology, or employ existing technology in new and pioneering ways. Project must be completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018.

  • Total kWh/kW/therms savings attributed to the retrofit or replacement?
  • Anticipated utility and/or maintenance cost savings/avoidance attributed to the project
  • Successful use of the UC/CSU/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership incentive program
  • Uniquely innovative or uncommon features, use of technology
  • Student involvement or programs and/or corporate staff outside of the submitting department

Please direct questions to the Energy Retrofit Committee Chair:

Kenneth Seeton
Central Plant Operations Manager
CSU Dominguez Hills
(310) 243-2206

Judging Criteria

Programs and projects in this category exemplify best practices in enhancing environmental health and safety (EH&S) awareness, preventative activities and overall performance. The program will have an ongoing positive impact on the health and well-being of Facilities employees and/or others in the campus community. Programs will demonstrate measurable improvement results over time (i.e., increased EH&S-related activities, reduction of injuries, incidents, accidents, improved safety survey results, reduced risk of environmental pollution, increased EH&S communications to campus community and leadership support). The improvement solves a common or significant EH&S issue for any university department or work group and is a model that may be replicated on other campuses. The program reflects a collaborative effort between two or more divisions, departments across campus, and/or non-university partners (i.e., contractors, vendors). Project must be completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018.

  • Evidence of measurable EH&S improvement (e.g., reduction in number of injuries or accidents, increased compliance with an EH&S requirement, improvement in air quality data)
  • Improved well-being of employees and/or other persons on campus
  • Solved a common EH&S issue affecting university facility departments
  • Safety program can be replicated on other campuses
  • Assessed the degree of risk reduction, including number of people involved, the amounts of hazardous materials and/or waste eliminated or reduced

Please direct questions to the Environmental Health and Safety Chair:

Amy Thomas
Director for Safety and Risk Management
CSU Stanislaus
(209) 667-3035

Facilities/Physical Plant Operations

Judging Criteria

This category recognizes campus achievement in Facilities Operations that is innovative, ground-breaking, or creatively different to realize new results. The submittal can be an innovative project, efficiency change, process or policy change, or technological change that was implemented, constructed, performed, or enhanced by Facilities Operations. Innovations can be in any department within the scope of influence of Facilities Operations. Project must be completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018.

  • Completeness of the submission
  • Innovation and/or creativity
  • Complexity of innovation (e.g., integration of multiple technologies; use of in-house staff, contractors and consultants; off-the-shelf implementation)
  • Cost benefit to implement innovation
  • Success of the project
  • Support of the campus’ strategic plan

Please direct questions to the Facilities/Physical Plant Operations Committee Chair:

Floyd Dudley II
Director, Facility Services
CSU San Marcos
(760) 750-4624

Judging Criteria

This category highlights projects that are student-based and student-driven. The project is innovative, uses technology in a unique way, and can be replicated on other campuses. Additionally, the project integrates sustainable practices to enhance the physical campus environment. In the process of developing the project, students are exposed to real-world applications through their interaction with planning, design, and construction professionals and Facilities Operations staff on the campus. Project must be completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018.

  • Innovation, unique technology
  • Money and/or labor saved
  • Can be replicated on other campuses
  • Contributes to the success of the campus
  • Demonstrates best practice or process improvement
  • Integrates sustainable practices
  • Student-based and -driven
  • “Learn by doing” experience
  • Demonstrates a spirit of collaboration across disciplines or departments

Note: Student projects shall be nominated by campus faculty or staff, but must be both student- based and -driven.

Please direct questions to the Student Achievement in the Physical Environment Committee Chair:

Daryn Ockey
Director, Facility Operations
CSU Sacramento
(916) 278-7617


Judging Criteria

Projects in this category exemplify best practices in promoting and developing sustainability through stakeholder collaboration, business integration, or technical innovation within the areas of academic curriculum, facilities management, and/or student activities. The project will demonstrate reduced negative environmental impact with a positive enhancement to the health and/or socioeconomic equity of the campus community. Project must have been completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018.

  • Produces long-term benefits to the campus
  • Can be successfully replicated on other campuses
  • Improves campus stakeholder participation, resulting in positive behavior change
  • Demonstrates reduced environmental impact
  • Creates or enhances health and well-being, economic, and/or socioeconomic equity of the campus community
  • Adopts methodology for successful implementation (i.e., tools, technology, approaches, techniques)
  • Integrates academic and/or student participation into campus activities
  • Demonstrates clarity, thoroughness, and inspiration in a concise manner

Please direct questions to the Sustainability Committee Chair:

Chi Kwan Fong
Project Manager
Cal Poly Pomona
(909) 869-4062