Interdisciplinary. Teaching and research are moving away from traditional disciplines into more integrated approaches that bring different areas of expertise together to teach, learn, and solve problems. The most exciting innovations are not happening inside the disciplines but rather between them. As managers of the facilities that support these endeavors, we can learn from our customers and adopt interdisciplinary strategies to solve our operational challenges. Sessions in this track tackle subjects that cross operational areas and benefit from broad campus participation. It is hoped these sessions will bring together diverse facilities professionals and university administrators—caretakers of our university—to learn from each other so we can create innovative solutions to our campus challenges.

The Right Kind of Crazy: Achieving High Performance Teamwork and Innovation
Monday, October 17, 10:40 AM- 12:00 PM

Take a deeper dive into developing and leading high performance teams and stretching yourself as an effective leader. Keynote speaker Adam Steltzner will take your questions in an informal moderated Q&A format. This is an opportunity to get Adam's insight on issues that you confront everyday as a leader, manager, or team member. Give thought now to your concerns—motivating the under performer; stimulating out-of-the-box thinking; confronting imposing egos or 'that's not how we do it here.' How do you keep the team moving forward when there are setbacks? How much line do you let out and when do you need to reel it in. What signals a high performing team? What are indicators of a low performing team? Bring your questions and join the conversation.

Adam Steltzner, Aerospace Engineer, Engineering Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jason Wang, Senior Director, Physical Plant Management, CSU Northridge

Learning from the Internet of Things
Monday, October 17, 1:30 PM- 2:50 PM

The Internet of Things (IoT) movement is one of the most important and transformative tech events in recent history, expecting to deliver trillions of dollars in value in only five years. IoT will drive the implementation of over 50 million connected devices in applications as diverse as building automation, transportation, agriculture, energy, civil infrastructure, medicine, and manufacturing. These devices will generate thousand-fold increases in data that will be analyzed in order to improve efficiency, productivity, and performance of operations. In this upcoming connected world, data will become the currency of value, and the ability to use and understand large amounts of data will be critical to the success of modern enterprise. This presentation provides an overview of IoT and some insights on how to harvest and use IoT data to bring value to existing enterprises: 1) preventative maintenance (machine focus), and 2) human/urban spaces (human focus).

Mark Bachman, Professor, UC Irvine; Chief Technical Officer, Integra Devices, LLC and IoT Evangelist and Technologist, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2-Irvine)


Bob Andrews, Director, Facilities Operations, CSU East Bay

Strategic Institutional Budgeting
Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

When there is one funding budgetary source, how do you weigh the multiple compelling critical competing financial requests? Should we build a new science building or hire tenured faculty? Should we modernize a classroom or repair the hardscape? Should we replace our failing electrical infrastructure or retrofit the seismically-at-risk administration building? How much reserves should we maintain? Humboldt State University is using strategic budgeting derived from a campuswide strategic plan to align resources with prioritized needs.

This approach has changed the conversation and decision-making process about money and much more across the campus. The university looks to see where a ‘spend’ has the greatest sphere of influence on the campus—spending the same dollars twice—in an impactful way. This is a story about an ongoing journey that is changing the campus culture, and is itself, a model for managing change. Join Traci and Joyce to get a firsthand glimpse into the many facets – unexpected side trips, challenges, resistance, and early wins of implementing this holistic approach to budgeting campus resources.

Traci Ferdolage, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management,
Humboldt State University

Joyce Lopes, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, Humboldt State University


Elvyra F. San Juan, Assistant Vice Chancellor, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Beyond LEED: A long lasting timeless building is a sustainable building
Tuesday, October 18, 9:10 AM - 10:10 AM

To create truly sustainable buildings, we need buildings that meet the requirements of LEED (energy, material and water efficient, healthy and well sited). However, a “green” building that doesn't work as designed, doesn't meet its users needs and adapt as those needs change, or doesn't last is not sustainable in the long term. Truly sustainable buildings are flexible, resilient, and adaptable—all qualities that are much harder to achieve, measure, and score. In this talk, we will discuss the elements that create a timeless building, how to recognize them when you have them, and the design process that can help get you there. Using what we've learned from 70+ years of sustainable practice, we’ll discuss unforeseen problems, and how we can learn from these mistakes to make timeless sustainable buildings.

Phoebe Schenker, Associate Principal, EHDD
Rebecca Sharkey, Senior Associate, EHDD
Kathleen Ventimiglia, Director for Campus Planning and Development,
CSU Monterey Bay


Melody Maffei, Associate Vice President, Capital Planning and Facilities Management, CSU Stanislaus

Caltech – Getting to a Net Zero Water Campus
Tuesday, October 18, 11:15 AM - 12:15 AM

The California Executive Order B-29-15 is a California mandate of a 25% reduction in potable urban water usage. This session focuses on water conservation at the building level and the campus level, and how the two are intertwined. Since 2013, Caltech has reduced its overall water consumption by 24%, but with aspirations of a net zero water campus in the not so future distance. This presentation will illustrate analysis on conventional and nonconventional methods to reduce water consumption campus wide. The team will discuss the different versions of “net zero water,” and how to understand what definition can be the most impactful based on various scenarios. The session contains a case study of The Bechtel Residence, a new undergraduate housing complex seeking the highest of building performance goals with aspirations of Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water.

Learning outcomes: 1) acquire the regional relevance of mandates and water restrictions directed towards water conservation; 2) define how factors such as water trends, reclaimed water connections, municipality restrictions, water purchase agreements, and lifecycle cost analysis can all impact water consumption on a large campus scale; 3) identify various definitions of net zero water, and what the measureable impacts are of those definitions; and 4) outline the necessity of multidisciplinary coordination to maximize water conservation results from the micro scale to the macro scale.

Shara Castillo, Associate Partner/Project Manager, ZGF Architects LLP
Howard Ho, Senior Associate, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
John S. Onderdonk, Director of Sustainability Programs, California Institute of Technology



Boykin Witherspoon III, Executive Director of Water Resources and Policy Initiatives, CSU System