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.


Tour of Skidmore College Photovoltaic Array & Networking


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rain or Shine!

4:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us for this combined field trip event with the Capital District Albany Energy Engineers. After the tour, join us at Druthers Brewing Co. for networking!

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Lunch & Learn with Big Ass Solutions


Join us at Davies Office on June 11th for a presentation on Air Movement for Energy-Efficient Comfort in Conditioned Spaces provided by Big Ass Solutions!

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Mid-Year Mixer Event with AIA

The NY Tech Valley IFMA chapter will be joining other local, like-minded professional organizations for a mid-year mixer event on June 4 at 5:30 pm at the Sports [Bar and] Grill, East Greenbush NY (4 Middle Mannix Road/Rensselaer) for cash bar and appetizers. Currently CSI, AIA eastern NY, USGBC, ASHRAE and ASLA will be participating and the organizers are still reaching out to others.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending!

June 2015 Mixer

ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section’s 95th Annual Memorial Awards Ceremony & Dinner Presentation

"How Edison Would Handle the Linked Challenges of Climate Change & Energy Independence"

Speaker: Dr. Addison K Stark, Ph.D.,
Advanced Research Projects Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) Fellow

Date: Tuesday, May 5th

Time: 6:00PM social gathering, 6:30PM dinner, 7:30PM Prize Awards, 7:45PM presentation

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Lunch & Learn: MedAir Associates

Come join us on May 26th at Davies Office for an enlightening discussion about indoor air quality!

Indoor Air Quality for the Built Environment

This presentation explores characterizing air quality in various programs for indoor

environments with a focus on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program (Leadership in

Energy and Environmental Design), healthcare facilities and commercial and residential settings.

Presented by: Sander Bonvell, MedAir Associates LLC

IFMA, Tech Valley NY Chapter, Board of Directors

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.