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March 10, 2014

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March Chapter Meeting
March 10, 2014
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holiday Inn & Suites - West
1109 Fourier Drive
Madison, WI 53717
Facilities Management

$20.00 Member Registration

$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)

$0.00 Cafeteria Plan - Local Member

$0.00 Student Ticket

Technical Session - 5 pm (optional) -Introduction to the Living Building Challenge

Dinner - 6:15 pm

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm -Facility Managers: One Member of a Successful Project Team

 2 PDH Credits

Technical Session Highlights:

Introduction to the Living Building Challenge

Are you interested in learning more about the most advanced green building rating system in the world? The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales – it uses the metaphor of a flower to illustrate this principle. Like a flower, all elements of the built environment are rooted in place. Yet, a flower has place-based solutions to meet all of its needs and to maintain balance with its surroundings. Imagine a building, site or infrastructure project that is informed by its ecoregion’s characteristics; that generates energy with renewable resources, captures and treats water, operates efficiently and as part of a larger community; acts as feedstock for new developments at the end of its life; and is beautiful.  That is the Living Building Challenge.


Leah Samson-Samuel is President of Madison Environmental Group, LLC. As a Sustainability Consultant she engages clients to implement sustainability in their business practices, buildings, and life styles. Her degree in Mechanical Engineering and Certificate in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison bridges the gap between technology, business and sustainability. She is currently on the City of Madison Board of Public Works. In addition, she dedicates her time to these ideals and community involvement as Co-director of the International Facility Management Association-Madison (IFMA-Madison) Professional Development Task Force, Co-chair for Wisconsin Green Building Alliance Green School Committee, and Living Building Challenge Presenter and Facilitator. 



Main Presentation Highlights:

Facility Managers: One Member of a Successful Project Team

Client engagement, building customer relationships, and being a resource to the customer.


 Matthew Darga will provide an overview of the US Bank renovation project with a focus on the HVAC retrofit as an example of what a Facility Manager, owner, and customer can do in a successful team to improve a building.  Based on that project and many others, Matthew will discuss lessons learned and values/benefits in projects.  

Background: US Bank renovation and LEED project, with focus on the HVAC retrofit.  Powerpoint presentation with interesting data and pictures will be shown as an example of an owner’s project and what the owner desires to execute for their buildings. 

  How did we do it?  Great team – owner, engineer, and contractor.   We demonstrated the intent of integrated project delivery without the formality.   Each party had a desire for it to be successful, and each party shared in the effort to get there.  It began with fact finding and idea generation.   Verification of “what is”.   We believe that the more work that is done up front, the easier and better the project is to execute.  Then we moved through each problem, and each issue together as a team.  No idea was thrown out, and each party was respected for their viewpoint.  Each party wanted the other to be successful, and we made the efforts to ensure it.


Matthew Darga is the Director of Commercial Property Management for Urban Land Interests in downtown Madison.  Part of his role includes driving portfolio wide environmental stewardship initiatives.  The most notable example is the dramatic turn-around of the US Bank Plaza Building on the Capital Square, which culminated in a LEED EBOM Gold certification in 2011.  Matthew also served on numerous Boards, including the Madison Chapter of the International Facility Management Association, and the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance. 


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