April 2022
Remote learning may have been a temporary education measure during the pandemic, but for many students it has had a permanent impact — affecting their readiness for post-secondary education and career plans, future workplace outlooks, and choice of where to live. 
Those are some of the findings of a survey of 16- to 18-year-olds in the U.S. and U.K. conducted in March by Philadelphia-based Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The survey gathered responses from 1,000 11th and 12th grade students from across the U.S. and sixth from students in England and Wales, as well as some of their teachers, to determine the impact the last two years have had on their future plans. The students were participants in this year’s MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge, an annual internet-based, intensive math modeling contest organized by SIAM. 

Building Operating Management advisory board member Alishia Jolivette-Webber, officer of facilities, maintenance and operations for the Houston Independent School District, knows what it means to protect people. Deep in the trenches of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, it was up to Jolivette-Webber and her staff to keep the district up and running. She and her team were forced to stay in one of the school buildings for seven days because of the storm, but being able to witness the damage, they were able to determine what needed to be fixed first. Because of the hurricane, Jolivette-Webber was able to create a task force and now has a risk plan in place in case of another extreme weather event.

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Sabis school starts strong with ADA
Sabis is a global education network serving more than 70,000 students across 20 countries and 5 continents. Sabis offers an integrated, comprehensive K-12 academic program that prepares students for college, promotes life-long learning and cultivates well-rounded, community-minded individuals.

Harris Associates, an architectural firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has designed several Sabis schools in the United States — including the Collegiate Charter School in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Starting with a green slate
The 66,000-square-foot Collegiate Charter School was constructed in two phases. It currently holds 754 students from kindergarten through 7th grade and now accommodates grades 9-12. Eventually, the school will have a total of 1,200 students across all grades. Hand dryers, and other green features including solar panels, were part of the plan from the beginning.

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As part of President Biden’s National Covid-19 Preparedness Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, a call to action and a concise set of guiding principles to assist building owners and operators with reducing risks from airborne viruses and other contaminants indoors. The Challenge highlights a range of recommendations and resources available to assist with improving ventilation and indoor air quality (IAQ), which can help to better protect the health of building occupants and reduce the risk of Covid-19 spread. "Throughout the pandemic, building managers and facility staff have been on the frontlines implementing approaches to protect and improve indoor air quality to reduce risks and keep their occupants safe and healthy, and we are so grateful for their efforts," stated EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.

In addition to daily on-site keynotes and special programs, NeoCon, June 13-15, will offer 47 virtual CEU-accredited programs from leading industry experts from a cross-section of fields. The sessions will span eight program tracks: Workplace, Healthcare, Education, Facilities, Wellness, Sustainability, Design Skills, and Industry Direction and delve into the topics that are making an impact on the design industry both now and in the future.

The Education track offers five CEU-accredited sessions on designing successful learning environments. Registrants will be able to access each session when it runs live online as well as anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 5 sessions: $100.

Initiated in 2008 by Global FM and earning renewed exposure due to the pandemic, World FM Day aims to recognize the vital work that facility management professionals contribute to business, healthcare, and educational institutions worldwide. Further, the day raises the profile of the FM profession due to its influence on the health, safety, productivity, and well-being of people who use the built environment. During the pandemic, FM teams are at the forefront in making environments and digital platforms available to meet unanticipated demands and have been significantly important in keeping many sectors operating. With a renewed emphasis placed on human health and safety, coupled with building sustainability and resilience, the FM is thrust into the center of the “Return To” conversation.

Fast reads . . .
Gordian released the 9th edition of the State of Facilities in Higher Education report, which confirms a growing backlog of capital needs and reveals a downturn in operating budgets. Preliminary fiscal year 2021 data shows a year-over-year investment reduction of 19%, as major capital projects were slowed or halted, and recurring stewardship expenditures dipped further.

"Across higher education, focused facilities stewardship and capital planning are more critical than ever. The findings . . . further invigorate our mission to help institutions prioritize investments and drive meaningful outcomes within their communities," Mark Schiff, president of Gordian.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which will enhance access to business opportunities for architects from underrepresented groups. NOMA looks to increase growth opportunities for architects and designers of color, which includes increasing internship and employment opportunities in the government sector.

The MOU supports GSA’s initiative to connect small businesses with people and resources — including resources available through the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization — to help them succeed. The partnership also advances the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to address barriers that underserved communities and individuals face in accessing agency procurement and contracting opportunities.

In partnership with the Bank of America, a new program has provided more than $2 million to accelerate action on climate change, resilience and social equity through LEED for Cities certification.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), developers of the LEED green building rating system, has announced 15 cities and counties selected to participate in the 2022 LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership program.

This leadership cohort brings together diverse local governments from around the country to support LEED for Cities certification efforts. The program provides peer-to-peer networking opportunities, technical assistance and access to educational resources as well as waived USGBC membership, and LEED registration and certification fees.