Alabama Construction News

OCT-DEC 2017

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60 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS OCT-DEC 2017 THE FOURTH ANNUAL ALABAMA FACILITIES DIRECTORS & CONSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 3, AND ONCE AGAIN THE EVENT PROVED TO BE A SUCCESS. Held at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa, well over 100 attendees and 20 sponsors attended what this year was a one- day event. Throughout the scheduled sessions, attendees got insight and updates on topics such as workforce development, craft training, historic tax credits, campus security and smart planning. "As I said at the opening of this conference, this event is one of the top shining stars for ABC of Alabama," said ABC of Alabama President Jay Reed. "Any time that end users and contractors can set aside time to talk about bettering the relationship, increasing productivity and being better stewards of public dollars, that is a win. This year, securing public buildings was the one topic that drew the most interest and questions. Certainly the attendance speaks for the quality and relevance of this conference, and I wish every contractor in the state could experience the idea sharing that occurs when this event takes place." A highlight of the day was a keynote speech during lunch from Roger Tutterow, Ph.D., a professor of economics and director of the Econometric Center in the Department of Economics, Finance and Quantative Analysis C A M P U S S E C U R I T Y - E M E R G E N C Y R E S P O N S E New to this year's agenda was a session on campus security and emergency response. One of the most popular sessions of this year's conference, this session included a panelist of higher educational facilities management specialists, including Donald Keith (University of Alabama), Chance Corbett (Auburn University), Kyle Boyett (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Randy Pewitt (University of Alabama at Birmingam). Tom Love (University of Alabama) served as moderator. "I thoroughly enjoyed the entire conference, and specifically I got a lot out of this session on campus security," said Love. "There's a lot to understand when it comes to all of the groups that are involved and how much goes into being sure our campuses are safe. Each school has its typical day-to-day stuff, but then you have events of all sizes that all require a different level of consideration to be able to managed safely. And the bigger the university is, your day-to day-activities can be just as much of an issue regarding safety as the big events everything thinks about. Seeing how different schools plan to handle various circumstances, to me, was really eye opening. It's an interesting and important topic, now more than ever." The panelists spoke to the audience on a number of safety topics, including surveillance cameras, including their use and locations, access control, notification systems and storm shelters. "There are many challenges you have when building new construction or renovating existing space when it comes to safety and security," Corbett said. "This session was a great example to show how universities, their facilities management team and their emergency management and campus safety work together." Event management was another topic discussed during the session. Boyett JOURNAL for the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. "His economic presentation was a highlight of the day to me," said Simon Yendle, director of capital projects for Auburn University Facilities Management. "It was relevant and timely and well presented." Like in years' past, the Building Block Bonus Sessions were included, which allowed for attendees to rotate from table to table every 20 minutes for a quick and interesting discussion about key topics and issues impacting their day-to-day activities. During this time, topic leaders were able to sit down with attendees and personally share their expertise and experience, and attendees had opportunities to ask these experts specific questions to tap into their wealth of knowledge. Some of the table topics included how to keep projects on track, managing paperwork, benchmarking and geotechnical engineering. "This is a very valuable event when it comes to opportunities to share current trends and issues with other universities, owners and contractors," said Tom Love, assistant vice president for construction administration at the University of Alabama. "It's great to get to listen to other people and understand their issues and see that they are just like what you are experiencing. To me, that is always the important part of the conference. It gives you forward thinking and insight into different points of view." Alabama Facilities Directors & Constructors Conference 2017: Another Successful Year by PAIGE TOWNLEY "THE ATTENDANCE SPEAKS FOR THE QUALITY AND RELEVANCE OF THIS CONFERENCE, AND I WISH EVERY CONTRACTOR IN THE STATE COULD EXPERIENCE THE IDEA SHARING THAT OCCURS WHEN THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE." –Jay Reed, ABC of Alabama President

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