Incorporating energy modeling into the design process

Presenters: Duane Carter and Connor Jansen, PE, LEED AP BD+C
May 27, 2015 | 1–2:30 pm Central
Free to view, pay for credit


Through the use of real world examples and an enhanced understanding of the design process, we'll empower project managers and design team members to utilize energy modeling on their projects. From contract language to communications, we'll address the key components you need to understand in order to be successful. Learn more and register today.

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The Facilithon Exceeds Capacity in First Year

The FM Pipeline initiative, started through IFMA-Madison in 2010, has eclipsed its inaugural event participant limit for the SkillsUSA WI state conference in Madison April 28-30th

Who is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a 330,000 member vocational student organization focusing primarily on skills and trade-oriented career paths.  SkillsUSA creates students with vision, direction and honed acumen through mentorship, instruction and competition. While most of these students will go on to colleges, many emerge and graduate directly into industry in specified fields with enough training to be proficient on day 1.

Who is this Pipeline Team?

FM pipeline’s team of 17 consists of IFMA chapter members, IFMA Fellows from WI, CO, CA and MN and 100 State members from Madison, dedicated to delivering the facility management career message to high school and post-secondary students. The pipeline team created The Facilithon, a three part competitive event through SkillsUSA Wisconsin.

How do these events advance?

New SkillsUSA competitive events move through a 3 year demonstration cycle at the state level before being eligible for national status. A pilot event starts in one state and typically has 2-3 students who test the waters, helping to hone the program in its next year. The FM pipeline team did a lot of marketing for this inaugural event with the “1 in 30” campaign (campaign production photos below), and eclipsed its 20 student limit for this first run.  Given the stellar response, the FM Pipeline team lifted the limit March 14th, allowing 28 competitors and counting! We project 30 by show time; way, way beyond the norm. IFMA-Madison ensured success with a $1370 scholarship for the winner, Green Bay and Minneapolis IFMA chapters regularly brought volunteers to man our booth.

What is The Facilithon?

Three parts:

  • 50 Question Multiple Choice test, common-sense high-school level competencies
  • 5 minute prepared scenario role-play
  • The FM Challenge- a monkey wrench problem requiring the student to think on one’s feet and address the emergency quick!


28 competitors is a lot, huge, unbelievable. Come judge it with us and meet the next FM Generation!

This means there is a huge need for judges at the April 28/29 event at Alliant Center in Madison, day and night. Role-Play/FM challenge judging teams consist of 3 judges and an event manager, who times the participants’ prep and interviews.

Sign-ups cover 4 hour shifts. This is why we’re planning on several sets of judges.  We’ll plan 1 set for Tuesday the 29th from 5-8PM and 2 sets in three shifts for Wednesday from 9AM-8PM. Don’t worry, judging teams won’t be working every cycle-- The Facilithon needs flexibility for dual-competitors to participate without conflict.

Go to IFMA-Madison’s website, to sign up for a shift or two. You’ll remember this in 10 years with “The Facilithon is world-wide, I judged its first run”.

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