Facilities management leaders from across the Seattle area gathered at the Sno-Isle Libraries service center on Friday, July 20, as part of the ongoing educational lunch-and-learn program of the Greater Seattle Chapter of the International Facility Management Association.
Brian Rush, facilities manager at Sno-Isle Libraries, spoke to the group about the benefits of IFMA-endorsed certifications, including the Facility Management Professional, Sustainability Facility Professional and Certified Facility Manager. The event was sponsored by Delta Connects.
Tona Khau, facilities specialist for the library district, is also program committee co-chair of the Seattle chapter’s board. Khau spoke about her experience with IFMA and the Certificate in Facility Management available through the University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education. The UW’s Christina May spoke at the luncheon about the certificate program.
Sno-Isle Libraries is seen as a leader in sustainable facilities practices. Following the luncheon, Rush demonstrated building monitoring software from Copper Tree Analytics used by the library district to increase efficiency and both environmental as well as financial sustainability.
Upcoming IFMA Seattle events include a presentation by Mike Petrusky, host of the Workplace Innovator podcast in September. In October, there will be a panel discussion on women in facilities management that will include Heidi Ray, director of facilities, safety and security for Funko in Everett, Shay Hughes, president of Hughes Marino and Khau.
IFMA is the largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries.