Northwest Facilities Expo 2018


Event Overview:

Northwest Facilities Expo meets the facilities engineering, maintenance and energy management needs of attendees from industries such as aerospace, government, education, food processing, computer manufacturing, healthcare, port facilities, textiles, forest products, hospitality, finance, retail, utilities and many more. Attendees receive FREE admission to the exhibit hall and educational sessions - join us and be the first to find out about local, cost-cutting solutions as well as the latest technologies.

Exhibitor Information:

Northwest Facilities Expo offers a convenient and efficient way to reach customers from businesses like computer manufacturing, government, education, food processing, apparel manufacturing, healthcare, finance, retail, and utilities, among many others. Meet with decision makers in the Pacific Northwest who are eager to find new innovations and cost cutting products and solutions.

In 2019, this Expo will be co-located with the Northwest Machine Tool Expo.


Apr 18   

Session 1

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Tunable LED Lighting for Better Morale and Productivity 

Barbara Hamilton, Evergreen Consulting Group

Tunable LED lighting allows building operators and designated users to adjust color temperature and light levels to maximize productivity by improving alertness, mood and visibility of work area.  Learn how you can incorporate new products and techniques to cost-effectively transform the lighted environment in dramatically positive ways.  (Session sponsored by Portland General Electric)

Session 2

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Leveraging Technology to Optimize Facility Emergency Preparedness

David Trask, National Director of Facilities Solutions, ARC

Why do 86% of facilities teams report feeling unprepared for emergencies? Recent research indicates it is because their information is disorganized, not in the cloud, and inaccessible on a mobile device. In this session, attendees will hear about research that uncovers common gaps in emergency plans.

Session 3

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

The Rose Quarter Complex in Portland – a Look at the Challenges of Efficient Operation

Amanda Mann, Vice President/General Manager, Operations, and Scott Sisson, Asst. General Manager, Facility Operations, Rose Quarter

The Rose Quarter in Portland is a complex that includes the 20,000-seat Moda Center (the arena that is home to NBA's Portland Trail Blazers), the 12,000-seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum (home of the Portland Winterhawks), as well as the 6,500-seat Theater of the Clouds, the 40,000-sq-ft Exhibit Hall, and the Rose Quarter Commons for outdoor events. The large complex presents many challenges for operating efficiently, but has a history of exceeding expectations – in fact, Moda Center was the first LEED for Existing Buildings rated sports arena in the country. Hear about how the facilities management team today handles the operational, energy management and maintenance challenges for this impressive complex. 

Session 4

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Meeting the Challenge of Retirees in Facilities and Maintenance – How to Develop a Workforce Training Program

Roger Ebbage, Faculty-Energy/Water Education Programs, Lane Community College

According to demographic information from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the average age of facilities managers is in the 50s, so many people will be retiring within 10 to 15 years. Qualified workers are needed to replace the retirees, but there is a lack of qualified facilities engineering and maintenance trained workers in the job market today. Companies will be at a major disadvantage if they don’t have a structured training program in place to address this workforce reduction. Find out the steps your company can follow to take control of these concerns by utilizing training and certification programs through associations, local colleges, and government.  (Session sponsored by NEEC/Building Operator Certification)

Session 5

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Building Tune-ups and Commissioning 

Bruce Dobbs, Mechanical Systems Engineering

Implementing a detailed commissioning program is essential to the efficient and reliable operation of any facility. This presentation will help you start reaping the benefits of commissioning HVAC systems, including central plants, air distribution systems and hydronic distribution systems.  (Session sponsored by Portland General Electric)

Session 6

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Behavior-Based Worker Safety – the Georgia-Pacific Camas Mill Success Story

Vincent Elkinton, Safety Leader, and Jeff Uthe, Consumer Products Group Safety Manager, Georgia-Pacific

This session will describe the impressive behavior-based safety processes that have been implemented at Georgia-Pacific’s Camas, WA pulp and paper mill over the past three decades – transforming the workplace from one where injuries and accidents were a daily occurrence to an exemplary workplace today where incidents virtually never occur.  Learn the basics of behavior-based worker safety and gain ideas you can apply at your own facility.

Session 7

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rainwater Harvesting and Water Reuse for Facilities

Pat Lando, Director, Recode

A resilient future for cities will include water re-use. Recent code changes in King County support this and mandate that buildings over 250,000 sf utilize rainwater harvesting for green infrastructure solutions. By 2025 Oregon will require all new commercial projects to reuse water for non-potable purposes. The speaker will introduce attendees to common water reuse systems, their benefits, design tools and their long-term operation and maintenance demands.

Session 8

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Facilities Maintenance Workflow Management Best Practices   

Ric Cochrane and Hendrik Van Hemert, McKinstry

Buildings are increasingly complex – new buildings have new technologies, and existing buildings are constantly modified for new purposes. Facilities operators should be using technology to move from reactive maintenance mode to proactive and predictive maintenance practices. Best practices are based in the right balance of technology and technical expertise – data and software in service of people. This session will discuss the components of exceptional O&M programs, which include comprehensive facilities assessments and equipment inventories, maintenance plans built on specific preventive and predictive maintenance data, and right-sized performance tracking through data analytics and proactive maintenance. Putting all the pieces together is simple but far from easy.  

Apr 19   

Session 9

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Luminaire Level Lighting Controls – a New Technology in Lighting

Chris Wolgamott, Senior Product Manager, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Luminaire level lighting controls (LLLCs) combine LEDs, controls, connectivity and data for a flexible lighting product that can improve occupant comfort and space utilization and save substantially on energy use. LLLCs are distinct from other lighting control systems because they have sensors and controls embedded within individual fixtures. LLLCs can be controlled remotely and allow users to adjust the configuration of the lighting without replacing the fixtures.  This presentation provides an introduction to luminaire level lighting controls, including case studies from buildings that have installed LLLCs, and details on other efficient lighting options.  (Session sponsored by NEEA/Better Bricks)

Session 10

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Improving Equipment Reliability and Efficiency With Ultrasound

Tom Parlin, U.E. Systems

This presentation will discuss airborne/structure-borne ultrasound technology and describe advances in digital technology and software that improve the capability of portable ultrasonic instruments to trend and analyze bearing/lubrication condition; detect air/gas leaks; identify electrical problems such as corona, arcing, and tracking; find steam trap problems; and identify potential problems in operating mechanical equipment.   

Session 11

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Sustainable Accomplishments of the World Trade Center-Portland

Paul Wallman, Building Manager, World Trade Center-Portland

?The World Trade Center-Portland, a three-building complex, has achieved LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Gold Certification, as well as an impressive Energy Star rating; and it has placed in NEMA and BOMA electrical reduction competitions. The speaker, named “Sustainable Advocate of the Year” by the Portland Business Journal, will highlight some of the outstanding green building accomplishments. These include:  upgrades to lighting, pumping, HVAC, and boiler systems; installation of water-conserving fixtures; recycling of wastes; and green power purchasing.  

Session 12

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

2017 NFPA 70E – Examining the Changes to the Electrical Safety Standard

Bob Fuhr, President, Power Studies

NFPA 70E – the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace – is the essential interpretive link between the National Electrical Code and OSHA Standards;  it is updated every 3 years in keeping with current technology and safety concerns.  The speaker will describe the most recent electrical safety revisions as set forth in the Standard released in October 2017. Hazard elimination and risk assessment are key to the revisions. Find out what you need to know to comply with the revisions and to ensure that those in your facility who work with electrical equipment are protected from shock and arc flash hazards.

Session 13

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Changing Face of Recycling in Oregon – Impact of the China Ban on Imported Wastes

Peter Spendelow, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

China's announcement that they will prohibit the importation of post-consumer plastics and unsorted paper for recycling has thrown recycling programs into turmoil worldwide, but nowhere more than Oregon, as much of Oregon's paper and most mixed plastics are currently shipped to China. Find out what this means to local commercial and industrial facilities and municipalities that have been involved in recycling, and how a more comprehensive materials management approach can be used to further reduce the impacts of materials used at your facilities.

Session 14

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Use of Drones for Exterior Building Envelope Inspections

Michael Mastrofini, Rogue Survey and Photography

As the use of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) drones has expanded, drones’ value for exterior building inspections has become established. This session examines how drones can be used to do preventive maintenance audits of your building envelopes for damage or wear, eliminating hazardous and time-consuming worker inspections that involve scaffolding and fall-protection equipment. Drones can get into high, tight spaces and capture RGB and thermal images of conditions using multiple sensors. Find out the details in this informative session.

Session 15

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

How Facilities Managers Can Attain Building Information Modeling (BIM) Benefits Retroactively

Peter Michaelsen and Sara Troy, Modulus Consulting, LLC

This presentation will examine technologies and workflows that can be implemented by facilities managers in existing buildings to attain Building Information Modeling (BIM) benefits retroactively. The speakers will teach best practices for documenting and modeling existing conditions of a facility, and connecting the model to an asset management system. They also will review the costs and benefits of making an accurate as-built model for managing your facility.

Session 16

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Pest Management and LEED Buildings – Are You Getting Your Credits?

Wayne Switzer, Western Exterminator

This presentation will describe the benefits of having a pest management program that can provide LEED certification credits.  Learn what is involved in such a program for your building, both interior and exterior.  

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Apr 2018

Portland, Oregon
Oregon Convention Center




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