3.05 Facility Best Practices That Donít Break the Bank

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
2:45 PM-4:00 PM
Track Topic Area: Museums / Cultural Institutions (MCIC)
Format: Case Study
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: Doing more with less is an idea that has been practiced by facility managers for years; and resources just keep being watched more closely and becoming harder to get.  There are ways for facility managers to identify and adapt best practices to suit their specific facilities organization – and cost does not have to control the conversation.  This session talks about several award-winning strategies used at the Smithsonian Institution and how you can adapt them to your organization.   These strategies will not only help you look at your work from a different angle, but also help your organization save money and time while better managing your staff, assets and frustration!
Learning Objectives:
  • Create and foster a successful strategic plan.
  • Cultivate high-impact communications.
  • Develop a winning internship program.
  • Determine the right training and professional development for your team.
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    Judie Cooper, CFM
    Smithsonian Institution
    Facility Management Analyst

    Judie Cooper is a facility management analyst in the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability of the Smithsonian Institution. Her major areas of responsibility include strategic initiatives, organizational development, benchmarking, research and implementation of best practices, and staff professional development and training, including a large internship program. She is also responsible for facilities policy development and work process analyses. Cooperís background is in facility management and leadership, training and organizational development. She is a Certified Facility Manager and a graduate of the George Mason University's Facility Management Program. She is the past chairperson of the IFMA Capital Chapter Education Team and the current president of the Museums/Cultural Institutions Council of IFMA. She is active in the American Society for Training and Development, the Society for Human Resources Management and the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators.

    Angela Person, MA, Museum Studies
    Smithsonian Institution
    Visiting Research Fellow
    Office of Facilities Management and Reliability

    Angela Person is a third-year Ph.D. student in the department of geography. She received her B.S. degree in environmental design from the University of Oklahoma in 2006, with a minor in geology and her M.A. in museum studies, also from O.U., in 2009. In 2011, she joined the Smithsonian Institution as a visiting student. She is authoring a book describing the care and keeping of the Smithsonianís cultural facilities.