110 — Facilities Pre-Conference
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Governor’s Room/Van Andel Arena

8:30 – 9:15 am

110a – Drainage Project

Description: Learn about one school district’s innovative drainage project that helped restore use and playability to a recreational field/green space where traditional methods were not successful.

Presenter(s): Rob Carson, Troy School District


9:15 – 10:00 am

110b – Improve Your Building Management Data

Description: Discover how one district has implemented a smart building platform to better control building management systems (BMS) throughout the district. Learn how the platform is compatible with any BMS and provides key insights to better manage and operate school facilities.

Presenter(s): Jim Dirkes, Foresight Management; Nicolas Theoret, KODE Labs; and Doug Gallup and Sam Simmons, Byron Center Public Schools


10:00 – 10:15 am



10:15 – 11:00 am

110c – Electrical Phase Protection and Boiler Care

Description: Maintaining boilers properly leads to safer operations and energy savings. Phase protection is a key prevention practice for electrical systems. Failure to adopt preventive practices could lead to overloads, worn contacts, or mechanical failures – which can cause unsafe conditions, broken equipment, and costly downtime. Discover how to prevent electrical system failures, including phase protection, along with ways to strengthen boiler maintenance programs.

Presenter(s): Dennis DeGerald and Milton Simmons, Hartford Steam Boiler and Jamison Hagerty, SET SEG


11:00 – 11:45 am

110d – Solar Energy In Action

Description: Learn how Ann Arbor Public Schools installed large rooftop solar arrays at multiple building sites throughout the district, making them the largest producer of solar energy in their county. Hear how they planned the project, leveraged financial incentives, addressed roofing, structural, life safety, energy challenges, and more.

Presenter(s): Jason Bing and Emile Lauzzana, Ann Arbor Public Schools


11:45 am – 12:00 pm


12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 1:30 pm

Walk to Van Andel Arena


1:30 – 4:30 pm

110e – Van Andel Arena Tour

Description: The lines between technology and facilities have blurred considerably as we recognize how more and more building systems – from climate control to access control – are all running over a network. Schools are not unique. Large public arenas, for example, interact with multitudes of different customers every day, and much of that interaction is done digitally. They also have many spaces requiring climate control and security. How do they integrate their technology efforts with their facilities? Learn from the experts at the Van Andel Arena how they approach these issues to ensure everything interfaces seamlessly. We’ll also tour the arena to see where many of these operations take place.

Presenter(s): Chris Anderson, Dave Broekstra, Brian Buckingham, Jeff Dubin, and Todd Johnson, DeVos Place


2:00 – 2:30 pm; Repeated 2:45 – 3:15 pm

110f – What to Know about Cybersecurity

Presenter(s): Steven Privasky, SET SEG


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