Celebrating 35 years of supporting and advancing the FM community, IFMA once again delivered unparalleled value at its World Workplace Conference and Expo held Oct. 7-9 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Nearly 1,000 first-time attendees joined a total conference participation of more than 4,600 facility professionals. Coming to Denver from around the globe, they took advantage of world-class networking, education and inspirational programming to collaborate and innovate.
Among the notable FM advances at World Workplace was the official launch of the long-anticipated IFMA Knowledge Library. This online repository of expert-vetted content offers FM professionals a one-stop source of useful content. All information contained in the library has been carefully catalogued to make it easy to use so that busy FM professionals spend less time searching and more time applying what they find. The Knowledge Library is available through IFMA’s Online Community at community.ifma.org/knowledge_library.
IFMA also announced the release of two important publications. IFMA’s research paper #37, “Distributed Work Revisited,” was written in close collaboration with HOK which co-authored and co-sponsored the report with additional financial support from Allsteel. The paper continues the data-driven discussion of workspace strategy trends that IFMA has been tracking for more than a decade. It is available for sale and download at http://bit.ly/1RTYKYU. In addition, a white paper by Richard Kadzis titled, “Redefining the Executive View of Facility Management (FM),” was released with the support of JLL. The paper, available in the new Knowledge Library at http://bit.ly/1N2X4fL, explores the current state of the interaction between FM and the C-suite and proposes a model for improving that relationship.
As testament to its value, the innovative World Workplace expo was completely sold out, with vendors on a wait list to fill openings on the expo floor. Among the hundreds of exhibitors were IFMA Platinum Corporate Sustaining Partners (CSPs): ARAMARK Facility Services and Lowe’s ProServices; IFMA Gold CSPs: ISS Facility Services and Planon Software; and IFMA Silver CSPs: ABM, ARC Document Solutions, Cambridge Sound Management, CORT, EMCOR Facilities Services, Excel Dryer, FM:Systems, iOffice, Legrand, Milliken, The Mohawk Group, RLE Technologies, RSMeans, Sika Corp., Sodexo Facilities Management and Veritiv Corp.
Finally, the success of the conference is owed in part to the dedicated support of FMJ, IFMA’s official magazine, and additional 2015 participating partners including: American School & Hospital Facility, The BOMA Magazine, BOMI International, Building Services Management & Facility Safety Management, Buildings, Buildings Maintenance and Management Magazine, California Buildings News, Commercial Construction and Renovation Magazine (CCR), Facility Executive, FCIA, FM Link, FM Pro, Green Building and Design Magazine (GB&D), High Rise Facilities Magazine, INFRA Outsourcing & Workplace Journal, Journal of Corporate Real Estate, Facilities and Journal of Facilities Management, McMorrow Report Facilities Management, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and The Network.