NY Tech Valley Chapter of IFMA is your regional Albany, NY chapter of the International Facility Management Association, the largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facilities managers. This well-known networking group is very excited about getting new Professional, Associate and Student members from in and around the Capital District to sign up!

Please feel free to email us at with any inquiries.

Essentials of Facility Management Webinar

Do you need a basic knowledge of facility management? Or is that needed by new staff of your team? Are you a service provider that works with or sells products to FMs? Do you work in one facet of FM and need to get a broader overview of all the competencies of FM? This Essentials of Facility Management Program is for you!

The Essentials of FM is a series of training workshops focusing on basic concepts that describe the field of facility management and how it can be of value to an organization. Entry-level FMs will learn:

  • The facility manager's role including the skill sets, knowledge and abilities required to effectively perform their work.
  • Basic operation and maintenance concepts and practices.
  • Tactical planning for scheduling and accomplishing daily FM tasks that support the operation of a facility.

We invite you to attend an informational webinar, which outlines the program, defines the target audience, and explains the necessity and benefits of taking the Essentials of FMprogram - either for yourself or your team.

Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 1:45 PM CST 

Speaker: Chris Hodges, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, FRICS, IFMA Fellow

Register Now!

CANCELLED : Lunch and Learn with Big Ass Solutions

The Lunch and Learn with Big Ass Solutions scheduled for 2/19 has been postponed to a later date. Please stay tuned for more information!

New Product: Sanitary Door Openers

For facility managers everywhere, the patented hands-free openers designed for pull-open exit restroom doors (see brochure below).  They’re inexpensive (only $94 per set of two), easy to install, require no maintenance, and last indefinitely.  We’ve had thousands installed around the country in office buildings, restaurants, factories and other public facilities.  The Golden Corral restaurant chain, for example, is installing them in all of their restaurants nation-wide.  If you would like more information, please contact us by telephone at (770) 251-9787 or visit our website at


  • Personal Hygiene – Keep hands clean, fresh and sanitary
  • Operation - Forearm used to open door and then naturally released
  • Easy installation – Install above conventional door handle
  • Inexpensive – Only $94.00 per set of two Openers (ladies’ and men’s) with accessories
  • Savings – Reduce paper towel usage and clutter on the floor

sanitary door opener brochure

Spring 2015 Credential Courses

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Pave the way for professional growth and success.
Enroll in an IFMA credential course this spring.IFMA has partnered with prestigious universities, colleges, chapters and training partners to offer Facility Management Professional (FMP®) and Sustainability Facility Professional® (SFP®) instructor-led courses and CFM® Exam preparation* around the globe. Learn key FM topics from expert instructors, discuss current issues with FM professionals from a variety of organizations and industries, and earn the FMP or SFP credential or build confidence and knowledge for the CFM exam.

These courses are available in your area!
Whether you're looking to earn a globally-recognized facility management credential or simply enhance your professional knowledge and skills, IFMA's credential courses can help you reach your goals. Your recommended course locations are listed below. For a full list of available courses,

Facility Management Professional (FMP) 

George Mason University
Location: Virtual Classroom
Phone: (703) 993-8335
Register today!

Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) 

Villanova University
Location: Virtual Classroom
Phone: (610) 519-4302
Register today!

Certified Facility Manager (CFM) 

Rice University
Location: Virtual Classroom
Phone: 713-348-6101
Register today!

IFMA Member Benefit of the Month

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As an IFMA member, you have access to exclusive resources that give you valuable knowledge and help set you apart from fellow FM professionals. To further enhance your membership experience, each month you will receive a message with a benefit or opportunity created just for you, our member.

This month’s benefit – We invite you to join us and Chief Marketing Officer of ISS World Services A/S, Peter Ankerstjerne for for an interactive and comprehensive webinar titled, Service Management 3.0 – the future direction for FM?

Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm CST
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Through his more than 20 years with the ISS Group, Peter has been involved in most aspects of Service Management, Facility Management, Outsourcing, Marketing and Strategy Development. Starting his career in ISS Denmark where he worked with Marketing and Business Development, Peter was responsible for developing the Integrated Facility Services model, which is still a key strategic focal point of the ISS organization and where he chairs the IFS Steering Committee.

In 2001 Peter joined the corporate team and today he heads-up Group Marketing reporting to the CEO. He is the author of nine industry White Papers and co-author/editor of three White Books as part of the ISS 2020 Vision Series on the future of FM, developed in a collaboration with the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies.

Learning Objectives that will be covered:

  • Understand what Service Management is and how it can add value to the workplace.
  • Understand workplace psychology and how FM can influence workplace efficiency and satisfaction directly and indirectly
  • Get insights into the latest trends in terms of New Ways of Working and how it will influence FM
  • Get insight into how FM can work more systematically with innovation and continuous improvements as part of the service management mind set.

Recent Event: Vassar College Tour



A big thank you to everyone who attended our event at Vassar College! The building looks great and the tour was a huge success! Take a look at our photos from the event by clicking here.

The IFMA WIRE, January 2015

Check out this month's issue of the IFMA WIRE by clicking here!

We get what you do. We give you the tools to do it at Facility Fusion.

Joining IFMA was not just a choice; it was a decision to make the most of your career through professional development, education and networking…oh yes, networking! IFMA Facility Fusion gives you the innovative tools and solutions to boost your FM career.»

·         Education

·         Not sure where to start? Begin with Essentials of FM

·         Community Connections

·         “Collaborate to Innovate” at IFMA’s World Workplace 2015

·         In case you missed it: Download your free digital copy of the November/December FMJ

·         Calling all subject matter experts

·         IFMA Foundation announces publication of academic papers on FM

·         World Workplace Asia Call for Presentations Open Now

·         Sustainability Spotlight

·         Stay on top of sustainability

·         FM Solutions

·         Field Service Management Made Easy with FieldAware

·         Featured Events Calendar

IFMA Facility Fusion 2015

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Don't miss IFMA Facility Fusion 2015! At Facility Fusion, the brightest minds in the industry come together to connect, communicate and help redefine modern-day facility management. This fresh, dynamic educational event is a powerful opportunity for you to network with like-minded professionals and develop innovative solutions for the increasingly multifaceted layers of FM.

Vassar College Tour


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SCSU Interview Presentation

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY is currently underway with renovation and construction work on their Integrated Science project. The design team is led by ENNEAD Architects, LLP ( with Daniel O’ Connell’s Sons, Inc ( serving as the construction manager.

The centerpiece of the project consists of an 80,000 square foot Bridge Building which will span two pieces of campus terrain across the Fonteyn Kill and connect to Olmsted Hall (the current biology building) with a two-level skywalk. The Bridge Building will house biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science and related fields, a science visualization lab, interdisplinary robotics research lab, a phytotron and herbarium. The project also includes extensive renovations to the 22,000 sf New England and 28,000 sf Sanders Physics buildings, a partial renovation of the 26,000 sf Olmsted Hall and the demolition of the 50,000 sf Mudd Chemistry Building.

A construction animation video of the Bridge Building can be viewed at

On Saturday, January 17th, 2015 Jeff Weinman, Senior Project Manager and Jeremy Smith, Senior Superintendent of Daniel O’ Connell’s Sons and members of ENNEAD Architects’ design team will conduct guided tours of the renovation and new construction. Please join us for the tour and networking opportunities! Thank you to Daniel O' Connell's Sons for facilitating this opportunity and providing food for the event.

Please RSVP to Sander Bonvell at or to reserve your spot! Time of event TBA. For more detailed information, visit the event page here.


IFMA Foundation November e-Newsletter

IFMA Foundation

The IFMA Foundation November quarterly e-newsletter is here! 

In this issue, you will learn more about recent IFMA Foundation events, including the success of the groundbreaking Workplace Strategy Research Summit held at Wokefield Park, England this past June where luminaries in the field discussed the future of work and the workplace. Some activities held at IFMA’s World Workplace in New Orleans this past September are also highlighted in this e-newsletter; including the Academic Awards Reception where more than 35 students received their well-deserved FM scholarships.

The IFMA Foundation acts on behalf of the profession and is primarily supported through the generosity of FM professionals, individuals and organizations that support the future of FM.  Your contributions of time and financial resources are key to the Foundation’s efforts to make FM a career of choice and create career pathways for our future FMs.

Please click here for your November newsletter.