IFMA Orange County Announces Winners of Awards of Excellence in Innovation

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 IFMA Orange County Announces Winners of Awards of Excellence in Innovation

Tustin, California - The Orange County Chapter, International Facility Management Association (IFMA-OC) announced its Awards of Excellence winners at a program held January 17, 2019 in Costa Mesa. Awards are given for projects and programs that demonstrate innovation and excellence in modern facilities. Among those awarded were:

The Met is an amazing renovated asset to the South Coast Metro area of Orange County/Costa Mesa. The amenities and social environment created include private shower suites. refreshment bar, massage chairs, METroNaps Sleep Pod, Yoga room, Zen Garden view, food truck runway, conference center, gaming area, private balconies, Campus and Clubhouse lounges, event green, and many more! All these new amenities were installed while renovating the lobbies, maintaining energy efficiency and maintaining tenant satisfaction.  The team has completed this amazing transformation on time and on budget. Colleen Mobley of McCarthy Cook & Company accepted the award on behalf of The Met.

Branded Group
Branded Group’s exponential growth was impacting productivity and engagement, so they embarked on a project to design and build a new headquarters, with a goal of improving the quality of the team’s work life. The new space is aesthetically pleasing, featuring open space, and has more windows than walls. They wanted to utilize the expanded space in new ways that would further increase employee engagement, resulting in two creative projects, a Zen room and a Game room.  This allows employees to have space to relax and unwind or to recharge and spend time with others. The open office environment has enabled the team to be more productive, fully enjoying their work day while embodying Branded’s core value to #BeBetter. Melissa Perez & Alexandra Sanchez of Branded Group accepted the award.

OC Fair & Event Center
OC Fair & Event Center was recognized for its innovative exhibit, Operation Bravemind, at Heroes Hall, a museum on premises dedicated to honoring those who served in our Armed Forces with honor and distinction. Bravemind is a virtual reality experience created by USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies to enhance established therapeutic techniques to treat post-traumatic stress. The immersive tool is also used for resilience training for soldiers before they are deployed. The exhibit at Heroes Hall offered guests a chance to experience life-like virtual reality battlefield scenarios through special video headsets. Jerry Eldridge of OC Fair & Event Center accepted the award.

Whittier College
The project was an energy management control system upgrade for the Campus Center at Whittier College. The Campus Center consists of food services, bookstore, student clubs, and administrative offices. Climatec installed a new BACnet Energy Management Control System (EMCS) for the Campus Center and new BACnet controllers and space sensors for the existing Water-Source Heat Pump Units. They interfaced with the existing control system that no longer operated effectively and efficiently. The existing system controlled the central plant (i.e. cooling towers, boilers, domestic boilers, pumps, and VFDs). Climatec provided integration, programming, sequencing, and new system graphic pages to our existing Enterprise Alerton Compass frontend. The Alerton system was already existing, and part of the newly constructed Science Building. The monthly average savings benefit from the project is averaging $6,000 per month since the installation with a return on investment of 1.5 years.  Jonathan Estrella accepted the award on behalf of Whittier College.

Capital Group
Capital continues to focus on energy management at their 611,000 square foot office facility in Irvine. The team working with onsite vendor service providers installed 11,000 LED lights in 2018. Currently, 95% of the campus interior lighting is LED, lowering the Campus electrical expense by $30K versus the previous year. The project was completed in half the time anticipated and significantly under budget. In 2019, an additional solar array will be installed, approximately doubling the current solar capability. At the conclusion of the project, it is anticipated that 42% of the Campus’ electrical usage will be provided by solar.  Roy Bass, Kathy Dempsey, Kurt Mayo, Brian Johnson, Darin Reid, Tom Horan, Frank Ramirez of Capital Group were on hand to accept the award.

Annual Corporate Partners Recognized
IFMA-OC also recognized its corporate sponsors for their support over the past year.  Receiving Gold Honors were GMI Integrated Facility Solutions (Brook Lynn), MSI Office Furniture (Matt Boutelle) and Tangram Interiors (Daryl Nishimiya). Silver Honors were given to Allied Universal (Katy Samaha), Carrier Corporation (Heather Gantner), and DryMaster (Gary Bittner).  Receiving Bronze Honors were American Technologies Inc (Kristen Attardo), Commercial Cleaning Systems (Richard Gomez), and Priority Building Services (Simon Rocha).

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About IFMA
The International Facility Management Association was established in 1980 as a not-for-profit, incorporated association dedicated to promoting excellence in the management of the work environment. With a vision to universally represent facility management as a profession, IFMA’s mission is to lead and sustain progress of the FM profession. IFMA-OC serves the facility management community in the Greater Orange County area. 

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