Virtual roundtables targeted at your biggest challenges
Our MasterMind sessions connect higher ed facilities leaders to help them make better, faster, and more informed strategic decisions.
To navigate all of the disruption happening in higher education, facilities leaders need a space to connect with each other on a regular basis.
These candid conversations will help you move key projects forward, validate concepts, explore new ideas and technologies, and learn from your peers. Participation is limited so everyone is able to meaningfully engage in the conversation.
1:00-2:15 PM ET
Developing a Strategy of Financial Resilience in Facilities
There are many ways of making your facilities resilient, and doing so is certainly a priority. But that’s not the only way that you should be thinking about resilience. During this roundtable, we’ll also discuss how you can develop a strategy of financial resilience, especially as the roles of facilities executives in relation to campus planning are changing.
Making a Safe Return to the Workplace
Students aren’t the only ones returning to campus in person in the fall. Some institutions are bringing administrative staff back on a hybrid basis, and others have mandates from the top to bring everyone back full-time. Yet variants and stagnating vaccination rates still pose a public health threat, and some employees are hesitant to come back. During this session, we will discuss how you can bring people back safely, and make them feel safe in the office and in shared spaces.
Evaluating Outsourcing Options
As the pandemic has posed a whole new set of challenges around services and staffing, there is increased interest in outsourcing among higher ed institutions. During this session, facilities leaders will discuss their experiences with outsourcing and receive useful insights from their peers to help them determine if, when, what, and why to outsource.
Flexible Capital Planning Strategies for an Uncertain Future
Higher ed institutions are going to struggle with capital projects for years to come. But if we’re being honest, the challenges from shrinking budgets and ballooning deferred maintenance have been growing for years. During this session, we will discuss methods to become more nimble in your capital planning so that short-term projects serve long-term plans that address a number of unknown future scenarios.
Developing a Comprehensive Resilience Strategy
Buildings are enormous investments meant to last for decades, but the world changes a whole lot faster than that. Whether it’s future-proofing against another pandemic or the unique challenges caused by climate change, what are some strategies around creating resilient buildings, both in future design as well as in our existing facilities?
Strategic Facilities Planning in a Post-COVID World
After a year of the pandemic, as facilities leaders have been challenged with meeting ever-changing and always-urgent needs, we are finally at a point where we can start planning for life post-COVID. But budget shortfalls and financial constraints continue to be a primary challenge. During this session we will discuss strategies for increasing efficiencies and cost savings, with a particular emphasis on staffing.
Reassessing Space in the Era of Remote Work
Last year brought big decisions regarding remote workforces, consolidation of offices, leased space, and more. Now what? As once-temporary solutions have proven permanent, we’ll discuss what facilities leaders are doing to (re)allocate space, support a more permanent remote workforce, and maximize efficiency in their real estate portfolio.
Rethinking your IAQ Strategy for the Pandemic and Beyond
Indoor air quality quick became a primary concern last year as we learned more about viral transmission, but limited resources and aging infrastructure hampered many facilities leaders’ efforts to make significant investments into their HVAC systems. But indoor air quality isn’t just a COVID concern – during this session, we’ll discuss post-pandemic IAQ strategies, from short-term retrofits to long-term capital upgrades, new design parameters, fault detection and diagnostics, and more.
Strategic Cost Cutting to Increase Efficiencies
The pandemic has forced many institutions to completely reimagine their staffing and services in order to meet increasing budget constraints, but cutting costs shouldn’t just be a matter of slicing and dicing. Here we’ll talk about more strategic approaches to cost cutting, focusing on streamlining services and increasing efficiencies.