Sponsored by ASHRAE-Dallas, ASIS-North Texas Chapter, North Texas Association of Energy Engineers, and the North Texas Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals

Educational conference sessions and the exhibit hall are free to attend. Registration and a badge will be required for admittance to all on-site events.


Wednesday, September 25


Session 1

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

LED Lighting Controls – What’s New for Commercial Facilities


Michael Payne, Principal and Co-Founder, NexGen Lighting Solutions


As solid-state LED lighting and lighting control technology converge, the applications for lighting controls have evolved tremendously within the past 10 years. The intent for lighting control historically was a way to reduce energy consumption in a building – however there are now a multitude of new control technologies that allow for more visual interest of a building or space, support occupant health and well-being and function as the backbone for smart buildings. The speaker will outline the new and improved uses for lighting controls: energy efficiency and task-tuning, architainment for visual interest, tunable-white for health and well-being, and building intelligence and analytics. 


Session 2

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

When to Lead?  When to Manage?  And What’s the Difference?


Mike Armour, Founder and Managing Principal, Strategic Leadership Development International


Even though the terms “leader” and “manager” are often used interchangeably, they are distinctly different roles.  As the speaker explores that difference in this session, you will become more astute at determining when to put on a leadership hat and when to wear a management hat. Gain information that will help improve your own effectiveness and that of your department.


Session 3

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Globe Life Field, the New Home of the Texas Rangers – a Behind-the-Scenes Look at This Impressive Stadium


Jack Hill, Senior Vice President, Project Development, Texas Rangers Baseball Club


All sports fans are excited about the under-construction Globe Life Field in Arlington, which will be the new home of the Texas Rangers upon opening in March of 2020. But facilities engineers will be especially interested to hear about the features of the impressive new stadium. This presentation will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what will make the 40,000-seating-capacity Globe Life Field an important stadium. Topics will include the stadium’s retractable roof – which will close during inclement or very hot weather – the roof features clear roof panels to allow natural light into the ballpark when the roof is closed. Also discussed will be the air-conditioning system that will be operational when the roof is closed; the use of Texas materials of construction in the project; the synthetic turf on the field; and other interesting design and operational information.

Session 4

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Reliability Centered Maintenance – an Advanced Strategy That Benefits Facilities


Steve Newton, National Field Services


Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) comprises those activities and actions that maintain the proper operation of equipment or restore that operation when it is interrupted by failure or some other anomaly. (Within the context of RCM, proper operation of equipment means that the item can perform its intended function.) RCM integrates corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance.  Aside from its benefits in reducing downtime, the National Fire Protection Association has established that the safety of electrical equipment is in part evaluated based on the condition of its maintenance. Learn the details in this informative session.


Session 5

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Achieving LEED EBOM Gold at McKinney and Olive in Dallas


Alex Herold, Senior Project Manager, Lord Green Real Estate Strategies, and Ian Nelson, Command Commissioning


McKinney and Olive – the iconic office building designed by famous architect Cesar Pelli and the tallest building in Uptown Dallas – was built to LEED Core and Shell standards in 2016, and last year achieved LEED for Building Operations & Maintenance: Existing Buildings Gold certification.  Hear how the building’s many green features aided in the project achieving LEED EBOM certification. Discussed will be sustainable initiatives implemented at the building, related to energy efficiency, water savings, and indoor air quality, as well as challenges faced by the project team.


Session 6

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fall Protection Solutions and the New OSHA Rules


David Ensminger, Rooftop Anchor, Inc.


Falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. This session will focus on OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces Rules and Guidelines, first effective in May of 2017, with additional requirements in effect in November of 2018. The rule benefits employers by providing greater flexibility in choosing a fall protection system. For example, it eliminates the mandate to use guardrails as a primary fall protection method and allows employers to choose from accepted fall protection systems they believe will work best in a particular situation. As much as possible, OSHA aligned fall protection requirements for general industry with those for construction, easing compliance for employers who perform both types of activities. Come find out what the Walking-Working Surfaces Rules and Guidelines are all about and what you need to know about the new standard to ensure your facility is safe and compliant. 


Session 7

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Building Automation Systems – a Look at the Basics, and the Impact of the Internet of Things


Kevin Brown, Schneider Electric


Building automation systems (BASs), which control heating, lighting, electro-mechanical systems other building systems, have many benefits, including improved occupant comfort and reduced energy consumption. This session will provide a basic understanding of the technology behind the systems and also will discuss the Internet of Things’ impact on BAS – with so many connected sensors and so much data, what are the challenges of using the data efficiently and keeping it secure?

Session 8

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

What Triggers an Access Compliance Violation?


Michael Love, Registered Accessibility Specialist, Access Atelier LLC


Learn many of the requirements we are obligated to comply with under Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The speaker will touch on “barrier removal” –  the owner’s obligations in removal of common barriers within an existing building for people with disabilities. Also discussed will be ‘Safe Harbors’ requirements (based on the age of the building) and how they can affect alterations.

Session A

Special Film:

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

The Story of a Green Building


Sustainable design requires a team approach between architects, engineers, and the building client. The Story of a Green Building is a case history film, produced by the National Building Museum, which documents the green team that created the impressive green building PNC Place in Washington, DC, the headquarters of PNC Bank.  Among the interesting building features are:  three-story water walls in the lobby, temperature sensors in concrete, vegetative walls inside the building, daylighting, green plumbing, and highly efficient cooling and ventilation systems.


Thursday, September 26


Session 9

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Tunable White Lighting and the Real Impact on School Facility Occupants


Catherine Hollenshead, Lighting Assistant Department Leader, EMA Engineering & Consulting, and Tricia Foster, Acuity Brands


Hear about a valuable lighting project carried out in a Texas school district, sponsored by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Gateway Program, with a goal of studying tunable white lighting. It has been two years since the tunable white lighting was installed in classrooms in the district, and during this time, the speakers have had many conversations with the facility managers, principals, teachers and students. Find out what was learned, and gain information on functional circadian lighting, the benefits of tunable white lighting, and how to effectively educate facility owners on the tunable white lighting technology. You can use the key results from this U.S. DOE Gateway program research study to help get your proposed lighting projects approved by management.

Session 10

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Roof Asset Management –  Some New Ideas and Guidelines for Protecting Your Facility


Bill Conley, Principal, The Conley Group


The speaker will provide guidelines for setting up a roof asset management program, to protect and help extend the life of this critical element of your facility’s building envelope – the roof.  Discussed will be: regular/timely preventive maintenance surveys and repair of roof conditions, prioritizing needs/repairs/budgets with  roof problems, budgeting funds for annual preventive maintenance, document management required for insurance and warranties, oversight of contract services to ensure quality, effectiveness, risk and safety management considerations, and for special needs such as roof-mounted solar PV and or cell phone equipment and maintenance. Finally; planning for future sustainability and responsible life cycle decisions. 

Session 11

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Energy Codes – Complying With the Texas Energy Conservation Mandate: a Panel Discussion


Moderator: Allison Gray, Asst. Director, Planning and Development Department, City of Fort Worth

Panelists: Jason Vandever, Energy Code Program Manager, SPEER; and James Brauer, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Jordan & Skala Engineers


In June 2001, Texas adopted the first statewide energy conservation code with the intent of regulating the design and construction of buildings for the effective use of energy. Since that time there have been several updates, with the current standard being the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In most area cities, the two codes that can be used for compliance with the state’s energy conservation mandate are the 2015 IECC and the 2013 ASHRAE 90.1. To make documenting energy code compliance easier, computer programs have been developed that provide reports for the various codes, methods, and areas of compliance. The most common program is the COMcheck software available for free from the U.S. DOE.  In this panel discussion, you’ll learn the pertinent facts about the current codes, about compliance, and resources.

Session 12

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

What Facility Managers Need to Know About Business Continuity


Luis Tapia, Resiliency Relationship Manager, Fannie Mae, and Adjunct Professor of Emergency Management, University of North Texas


This session will focus on business continuity planning and will include scenarios focused on the loss of people, technology, third parties, and facilities. The speaker will provide recommendations on developing and executing business continuity plans, as well as provide insight on what business continuity expectations your organization may have on your role as a facility manager during a significant business disruption.

Session 13

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Building Energy Usage Analysis and Benchmarking


Jeffrey Miller, Principal/Senior Engineer, Facilities Division, Terracon


Building energy usage and costs are typically the largest operating expense for the majority of governmental, commercial and industrial facilities. Energy analyses help identify, develop, and assess the financial viability of potential energy conservation measures within facilities. This session will describe energy usage analysis and the variety of assessments, ranging from preliminary through ASHRAE Levels I, II and III, which may be performed to develop benchmarks of an existing facility’s energy usage.  Using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a subject facility may be benchmarked versus a peer group of similar facilities during an energy usage analysis to provide guidance on various energy cost reduction measures identified in the analysis. 

Session 14

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Electrical Safety Best Practices 


Tom Sandri, Shermco Industries


This session will discuss Best Practices needed to avoid electrical injuries by qualified and unqualified persons. It will discuss arc flash injuries and how to prevent them, personal protective equipment, training requirements, grounding, hand-held electrical tools, guarding, flexible cords, and GFCIs.

Session 15

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cogeneration – a Solution for Energy Efficiency

Jim Phillips, VP-Engineering, Independent Energy Alternatives


Cogeneration, combined heat and power (CHP), is simultaneous production of electrical and thermal energy with a single fuel source. CHP systems work by capturing the heat produced as a by-product of generating power with a reciprocating engine and diverting it to perform useful work, such as space or process heating. Learn the basics of CHP and where it works.

Session 16

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Intelligent Video Surveillance Systems 

Derek Martinez, Regional Manager-Security Services, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.


This session will discuss the use of advanced video analytics for security and operational insight. From smart systems to smart buildings; the use of the Internet of Things is ever-growing in security systems and beyond. 

Note re LEED:

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.