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5.06 Putting Out Fires Before They Start: Strategic Facility Planning Followed by AFC Business Meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
2:15 PM-3:15 PM
Track: Council/Industry Specific
Format: General Presentation
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: Stephen Covey said, “We need to prioritize what is important rather than simply urgent in order to gain maximum effectiveness.”   The primary benefit of going through the strategic facility planning process is that it allows for a proactive rather than reactive approach to facility management.  It ensures that facilities are in alignment with the mission of the organization, i.e. to be sure that our facilities are working FOR us and not AGAINST us.  It is a dynamic process involving four cyclical steps:  understanding, analyzing, planning and acting. The resulting Strategic Facility Plan is a living document which should be flexible enough to change as conditions change.

Each of the four steps are important, but it could be argued that the last step, action (often called implementation) is the most critical.  A plan without action is merely a dream.

This presentation will rely heavily on the IFMA White Paper on Strategic Facility Planning, but will present actual examples from completed projects.  Find out how two organizations completed their strategic facility plans, their challenges along the way and their anticipated implementation results.

Learning Objectives:
  • Gain an understanding of the definition of a strategic facility plan.
  • Understand when a strategic facility plan is necessary.
  • Learn at least three different perspectives from which to approach the strategic facility plan.
  • Understand the gap analysis and find out how to determine the gaps.
  • Speaker:

    Jolie Lucas, CFM, AICP, LEED AP
    RSP Architects, Ltd.
    Strategic Facilities Planner

    Jolie Lucas has been working as a strategic facilities planner for the last 12 years, specializing in military and higher education planning. She is a Certified Facility Manager, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Lucas has also attended the National Charrette Institute to become a trained Charrette Facilitator. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture and an MBA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is an associate at RSP Architects, an international architecture firm headquartered in Minneapolis.

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