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4.05 Transition, Downsizing or Consolidating: An FMs Use of a Master Plan to Guide Through Turbulent Times

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Track: Council/Industry Specific
Format: General Presentation
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 300 level
Session Description: Everyone hopes that the company they work for is prosperous and bears the burden of expanding the physical plant in correlation with the growth of the function, product, program and personnel of the company; but what happens when the company downsizes?  This session addresses how the FM community can use the master plan in collaboration with the real property officer as guidance during a period of downsizing or consolidation, as realized at the Kennedy Space Center when the Shuttle Program was terminated.  The facility manager has the unique opportunity as an agent of change management, helping fellow employees and tenants gain a positive perspective of evolving events and bridging strategic corporate plans into positive implementation activities.
Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize that master plans are a guidance tool for facility managers implementing a change management event.
  • Discuss how facility managers can affect positive long-term results during adverse changes.
  • Obtain clear, consistent goals and objectives for implementing changes.
  • Validate facility implementation plans with the master planning office as well as the tenants.
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    Renee' Ponik
    NASA/Center Operations
    Lead, Experimental Facility Techniques
    Facility Management

    Renee Ponik currently works in the facility management division at the Kennedy Space Center as a program manager. She has worked for NASA for more than 20 years. She holds both chemical and industrial engineering degrees. Both process-oriented degrees helped her as a Shuttle Logistics Engineer and project manager prior to her request for a reassignment to the center operations organization. There she served in the construction office, overseeing multimillion dollar projects. Her unique "bigger picture" perspective led to her appointment as master planner for the center and acting agency master planner. She was appointed the center's real property officer just prior to the cancellation of the Shuttle Program. Recently, she became the program manager for facility consolidation as the center moves through Shuttle transition and tightening budgets.

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