Time Name Speakers Description
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 01: San Jose Water’s Risk and Data-Driven Asset Management and Reliability PracticesAndy Yang - Manager of Asset Management, San Jose Water Company
Learn how San Jose Water (SJW) has applied in-depth risk analysis and risk management strategies to prioritize renewal and maintenance activities for tens of thousands of assets including pipelines, pumps, tanks, and electrical equipment. The speaker also will describe how outside threats such as earthquakes, fires, power outages, cyberattacks, and more were considered in risk analysis. In addition, hear about SJW’s reliability-centered design practices, which ensure that asset and facility designs are ideal for operations and maintenance.
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 02: Arc Flash Hazards – How to Keep Your Company CompliantMike Levitt - , Allied Reliability
Learn how to stay in compliance with the most current regulations (OSHA and NFPA 70E) involving protection of workers from electrical arc flash hazards. The session will discuss the physical nature of arc flash, equipment labeling requirements, and personal protective equipment.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 03: Integrating Design, Construction, and O&M for High-Performance Airport Buildings at SFO AirportLeroy Sisneros - Director of Facilities, SFO Airport
Anthony Bernheim - Healthy and Resilient Buildings Program Manager, Planning Design and Construction, SFO Airport
Amy Nagengast - Energy Manager, Planning Design and Construction, SFO Airport
Large sustainable public buildings are designed, constructed, and operated over the long-term to support improved global and human health. One of the newest public buildings at San Francisco International Airport is Harvey Milk Terminal 1 that exemplifies sustainability stewardship through energy and water efficiency and carbon reduction for improved human health. To ensure this terminal and other new buildings achieve their intended potential, SFO has created an Activation Planning Services program that enables a comprehensive transition from construction to building operation and maintenance using a process of Commissioning, Activation and Simulation. Come learn about SFO’s active commissioning program on new high-performance buildings, the facilities mindset toward commissioning and development of a retro-commissioning program to support high performance sustainable buildings with healthy environments.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 04: Diversity Awareness Helps Managers Improve ProductivityJessica Mirabile - Senior Training and Recruiting Director, California Employers Association
Diversity in today’s workplace not only involves differences in race, gender, economic status, and culture, it also includes differences in communication style, ages, education and values. With insight, understanding and skill development, managers can learn to value differences and thus achieve a more productive workplace. This presentation will define diversity and inclusion, address unconscious bias, discuss micro messages - inequities and affirmations, and explain the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 05: The New Built Environment Experience Post COVID-19Larry Morgan - Head of Operational Excellence and Sustainability Initiatives for North and Latin America, SAP Global Facilitities Managerment, Americas
Facilities management in 2020 and 2021 has seen unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19 interruptions, suspension of activities, and related budget difficulties. This session will focus on the new experience/expectations that employees and visitors have when on-site in today’s facilities.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 06: Microgrid Technology and ApplicationsAngelo Campus - , Box Power, Inc.
A microgrid installation is designed for applications where multiple electrical sources are feeding the facility’s power system or grid; it controls these sources such that electrical utility costs are minimized and reliability is enhanced. Microgrids applications have increased significantly and even their definition is evolving. Learn about the technology and applications in this valuable presentation.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 07: Energy Resilience for Non-Residential FacilitiesDara Salour - Program Manager, Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, Inc.
This presentation will examine the topic of energy resilience for non-residential facilities – that is, ensuring that energy is provided to your facility with minimal interruption in the case of a power outage or other emergency. The session will provide an overview of the technologies that can be used to self-generate electricity, and then focus on two case studies – of a commercial office building and a college campus. The speaker will conclude the presentation with information on CPUC rulings and proceedings promoting resiliency and Self-Generation Incentive Program resiliency incentives.
8:55 AM - 9:55 AMSession 08: What Got You Here Won't Get You There – the Quantum Leadership ModelWayne Whitzell - Executive VP of Corporate Services, DFS Green
In this high-interest session, the speaker will weave together quantum physics -- that counterintuitive branch of physics that accepts uncertainty – with the management skills of leadership. Learn to recognize and neutralize perception-limiting behaviors in yourself and your team to increase innovation and employee engagement. Also, learn the behaviors of compassionate leadership through the power of vulnerability and transparency.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 09: A Living Laboratory for Green Building: Delta Electronics (Americas) LEED Platinum HeadquartersRuth Chao - , Delta Electronics
Delta Electronics (Americas) headquarters was the first commercial building in Fremont, CA to attain LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building also received a first place award from the National Institute of Building Sciences – recognizing the unique eco-friendly facility that incorporates Delta’s own smart energy-efficient solutions, including building automation, EV chargers and solar inverters, among others. The campus also has drought-friendly landscaping and a specialized rainwater harvesting tank. The landmark headquarters is a true embodiment of Delta’s corporate mission: “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow.” Learn how you can channel such designs for your own commercial facility.
10:25 AM - 11:25 AMSession 10: Fire Safety for Buildings under Construction – You Need a PlanBob Sullivan - Southwest Regional Director, NFPA
You see it in the news all the time – “Huge Fire at Building under Construction.” These fires are dangerous and often result in high dollar losses. Fire and building codes regulate the fire safety for buildings under construction by referencing the provisions of NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations. This presentation will outline the safety measures for buildings under construction in the standard. Even if you are only doing a renovation project, you must have a plan in place that complies with NFPA 241.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSession 11: Electrical Safety FundamentalsRichard DeBusk - , OSHA Training Center, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
This session will provide an introduction to the important topic of electrical safety. The speaker will review electrical terminology and how electrical systems operate. Then he will address some of the hazards associated with electrical work, such as electrical shock and arc flash. With this background, the workshop will culminate in a job hazard analysis of several typical work situations involving electrical hazards. The students will have the opportunity to apply their new knowledge as we work together and determine how to do these jobs safely and meet OSHA and other safety regulations. When you return to your regular jobs, you can help determine what electrical hazards are present and how to perform work around electrical hazards safely!
1:00 PM - 1:30 PMSession 12: Film - High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices Enlightened companies today realize that there is a business case for building green. “High Performance Building: Perspective and Practices” is a high-interest film, produced by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council, which profiles 13 LEED projects. The film includes interviews with building managers and others who document the benefits to their facilities from green building practices.

As of 2012, the Green Building Certification Institute allows individuals with LEED Professional credentials to report any education related to green buildings to the Institute for continuing education. Upon request, Facilities Expo will send a certificate of completion for sessions on green building topics to any LEED Professional who requests one for GBCI documentation purposes, as long as they make the request at the conclusion of the class session, and as long as their badge was scanned.