Fall 2013 – College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
The Fall SNEAPPA took place on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with six twenty-minute “speed” sessions, allowing colleagues to share some of the happenings on their campuses. Presenters from Connecticut College, Smith College, Wellesley College, and University of Hartford lead great discussions showcasing special projects on their campuses. Thank you to Stephen George, Chuck Dougherty, Judy James, John Michalewicz, Trina Learned and Pete Zuraw. After lunch, Brian Bloomfield, Brian Griffin and Ted Heywood, all of Holy Cross lead well attended tours of the campus and grounds.
Fall 2012 – Naisminth Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield MA.
The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame was a great venue to explore the future direction of SNEAPPA. We first heard a great presentation by the folks at Triumvirate Environmental who talked about their revolutionary approach to safety based on the book Safe by Accident, by Aubrey Daniels.
SNEAPPA President John Michalewicz then took the floor to moderate a question and answer session to explore how SNEAPPA could best serve the membership as well as our loyal business partners.
Summer 2012 – University of Rhode Island, Main Campus
The staff lead by Jerry Sidio at URI put a great meeting together with four sessions including Sustainability, Smart Data Centers, Landscaping and Construction Challenges as well as two tours including a $76M Pharmacy building and a campus tour. It was another great educational opportunity with optional tracks and tours to satisfy the interests of everyone.
Spring 2012 – Lasell College
The first business meeting of SNEAPPA’s 2012 schedule was held at Lasell College in Auburndale, MA on Thursday, March 15. Mark Fournier and his colleagues designed a thoughtful and timely program in support of “Implementing the Goals of the President’s Climate Commitment.” Beautiful campus – great presentation.
Fall 2011 – College of the Holy Cross
The fall meeting at the College of the Holy Cross featured two sessions, including a talk by John Cannon on his recently published article in the APPA Facilities Manager Magazine, titled “Exceeding Expectations” and a talk by Mary Feeney of Bowditch and Dewey, Worcester, MA about the ADA law and handicap accommidations. These presentations were followed by two tours including the recently completed Figge Hall and the Integrated Science Complex.
Summer 2011 – Eastern Connecticut State University
The staff at Eastern Connecticut State University put on a great meeting including a great talk about Environmental Health Safety and a lively presentation about Maintaining Morale and Spirit by Tracy Knofla. This was followed by optional tours through a 180,000 SF LEED Silver Science building or a demo of their new Encelium System.
Spring 2011 – University of Rhode Island, NBC
The NARRAGANSETT BAY CAMPUS (NBC) of URI hosted the Spring SNEAPPA Conference April 13, 2011. In addition to the beautiful water views, the dual track program provided detailed information on several hot topics. Track 1 focused on PCB policies and remediation, and was hosted by Kimberly Tisa, EPA Region 1; Vern Wyman, URI AVP for Business Services; and Jeff Hamel, Woodard &Curran. Track 2 highlighted equally compelling themes of Integrated Pest Management, (replete with bedbugs, IPM and RFP discussions) presented by the URI, trio of Bonnie Jacob, Doug Michael, and Tracey Angell; and, “Behavioral Modification to Improve Energy Management,” presented by Dave Lamb, URI; and Scott Finlinson, Noresco.
The afternoon tours presented venues not often seen at SNEAPPA meetings, and included the RI Nuclear Science Center, The Research Vessel Endeavor, and The Inner Space Center. The Nuclear Science Center presented views into the core of an active reactor, thirty feet below the water’s surface. The RV Endeavor gave views into the living/working conditions of an active NSF research vessel – which departed for research two days after the conference. The Inner Space Center showed the culmination of the vision presented by Dr. Robert Ballard at the ERAPPA conference in Mystic, Connecticut in 2006; and showed the operations center that manages active underwater research throughout the world through electronic controls and monitors. Beautiful campus – great tours.
Fall 2010 – Boston College
The Fall Meeting was held November 10, 2010 on the Chestnut Hill Campus of Boston College at Corcoran Commons, with an aggressive agenda that included three major presentations (Administrative Program Reviews, Commissioning, and Building Restoration) and two tours. Mike Pimental, BC Institutional Research, presented the Administrative Program Review (APR) as BC’s planning process that provides an on-going approach to assessment, planning and improvement, and included a panel discussion that covered the benefits and methodology at the department level. Terence Leahy, Boston College; Mark LeBrun, PE/Affiliated Engineers, and Howard J. McKew, CPE/RDK Engineers, presented the Commissioning component and highlighted best practices. The exterior renovation of Gasson Hall, BC’s historic/iconic building, was covered by John Romeo, BC Facilities and Wendall Kalsow, McGinley Kalsow Associates, and rounded out the morning. An excellent buffet lunch followed by selective tours of the beautiful Chestnut Hill campus closed out the day. Thanks to our hosts at BC for a job well done.