Facilities Operations

Facilities Operations will bring together Facilities Management leaders from across the CSU system and beyond to share their knowledge and expertise. Together, we will focus on challenges and solutions within today’s campus facility operations. We will explore various leadership and management trends; offer discussions topics based on today’s best practices unique to managing educational facilities; share best practices from campuses that demonstrate advanced techniques in managing today’s facilities challenges. These sessions are sure to be educationally rich in content focused on campus based solutions.

The Link Between Facilities and Parking Operations
Monday, October 17, 10:40 AM- 12:00 PM

Parking is the “front door” to the campus. Proper signage, polished staff, attractive drought-conscious landscaping, and an appropriate tree canopy are all key aspects of successful parking facilities. These attributes all serve purposes beyond simply “parking cars.” At Fresno State, many of these components are handled in-house by parking operations. By freeing up both time and financial resources for our facilities team, we leverage talent and provide a force multiplier.

Learning outcomes: 1) identify areas for facilities/parking synergies and shared services on your campus; 2) analyze opportunities for cost savings in facilities and parking operations; and 3) develop ideas on how to best use parking revenue streams.

Rick Finden, Director of Plant Operations, Fresno State
Thomas Gaffery, Director, Parking and Transportation Services,
CSU San Bernardino

Sara Mitchel, Construction Services Manager, Fresno State

Jennifer Sorenson, Director of Facilities Management, CSU San Bernardino

Electrifying your World – EV Charging Stations
Monday, October 17, 1:30 PM- 2:50 PM

What do campuses need to know about EV charging? What are the technical and business issues? How does EV charging fit into the CSU’s sustainability programs? New plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EV) continue to be introduced into the marketplace and are becoming increasingly more popular. Demand is growing for campus charging stations for these high-performance high-tech vehicles. Join CSU facilities directors Paula Bray, Dana Twedell, and Jason Wang for an energizing panel discussion of their experience implementing EV charging stations on their campuses. This session will present electric vehicle charging station options available for CSU campuses, funding opportunities, and mitigating issues prior to implementation.

Paula Bray, Director of Facilities Operations, CSU Bakersfield
Dana Twedell, Director, Facilities Services, CSU Los Angeles
Jason Wang, Senior Director, Physical Plant Management, CSU Northridge


Tony Covarrubias, Facilities Manager, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Access Control For a Sustainable Future
Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

You can build a safer campus. We can show you how. Attend this program to learn about an important safety dimension—locking hardware for your classrooms and other openings in your schools. Learn how the correct application of hardware can contribute to a safer learning environment. Join HID and ASSA ABLOY as we discover the latest trends in sustainable access control technology. We have removed the majority of wires and redundant credentials and increased the security of our connectivity platform. With the advancement of mobile credentials and the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), HID and ASSA ABLOY have created a one-of-a-kind sustainable access control offering that is sustainable and also secure.

Jeremy Saline, Director of Business Development - University, ASSA ABLOY
James McQuade, Southwest Regional Sales Manager, HID Global


Kevin Doyle, Director, Facilities Management and Services, CSU Chico

The 'Top 10 List' Facilities Executives Must Know about Your Campus
Tuesday, October 18, 9:10 AM - 10:10 AM

Drum rolls may be performed by the CBS Orchestra as we countdown this Top Ten list in reverse order. Facilities organizations are capturing more and more data—but making sense of this data and developing actionable benchmarks is the challenge. Business analytics is the new management by objective (MBO), so come learn how to harvest value from your facilities data. Determining a campus' performance internally through Facilities Performance Indicators (FPI) can significantly provide indication where gaps exist and opportunities can be found to reduce and improve efficiency. This session will focus on how FPI benchmarks facility performance across universities through data metrics, and how this information enables a campus to assess performance and plan for future improvements.

Rob Quirk, Facilities Consultant, CSU Office of the Chancellor


Shawn Holland, Chief of Facilities Operations, CSU Office of the Chancellor

2016 State of Facilities: How Does Your Campus Measure Up?
Tuesday, October 18, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Aging buildings and infrastructure. Growing backlogs of deferred maintenance. Limited capital and operational funds. These are trends that have affected colleges and universities across the country since the recession of 2008. The good news is that in 2015, we finally see noticeable relief from this vicious cycle. In this presentation we will delve into these issues, show their impact, and offer innovative ways universities are addressing current challenges and making proactive plans for the future. We will draw from benchmark data from more than 450 institutions in North America and highlight California institutions. Finally, one CSU campus will tell how they used similar comparative data to identify opportunities for improvement and make their case for change.

Jay Pearlman, Associate Vice President, Sightlines


Wes Cooper, Senior Director, Facilities Services, CSU Channel Islands