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Facilities Managers Conference

Date: Thursday - February 07, 2019
Time: All Day
Location: Talaris Conference Center - Seattle, WA
February 7-8, 2019


Facilities Managers Conference

February 7-8, 2019

Conference Resources


Explore Exhibiting Opportunities Here


Who Should Attend?

Facilities managers and members of their teams who are interested in connecting with colleagues, potential vendors and experts in the field. This conference is held once every two years, so don’t miss your chance to attend.


Conference Agenda

Registration will begin at 3:00pm on February 7, 2019 the conference will begin at 3:30 and conclude at 2pm on February 8, 2019.  


Just Added! Pre-Conference School Tour, 1:00-2:00pm, February 7

Join Fred Klein, Facilities Manager at The Evergreen School, for a tour of the school campus. The tour will meet at 1:00pm in front of the main office. Parking will be available in the school parking lot. The tour will be approximately an hour. It is am short drive (approx. 20 min) to Talaris to register and begin the conference.

The Evergreen School
15201 Meridian Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133

There is no cost. Sign Up Here



February 7, 2019

3:30-4:00 Welcome & Introductions
4:00-5:15 Keynote: Preparing For Lockdown & Active Shooter: What Your Buildings & Grounds Might Be Missing  with Chris Joffe, CEO, Joffee Emergency Services
5:15-6:30 Exhibitor Reception
6:30-7:30 Dinner


February 8, 2019


8:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Design and Redesign to Meet the Needs of Students with
Matthew W. Rumbaugh, AIA, LEED AP
9:30-10:00 Table Discussion on How Your School Facilities are Meeting the Needs of Students 
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Roundtable Discussions
  • Energy Management
  • Cost Controls and Savings
  • Trusted Vendors
  • Homelessness and Its Impact on Our Schools
  • Shifting from Libraries to Learning Commons
  • Long Range Strategic Plans and Campus Master Plans
1:00-2:00 Panel: What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Building
2:00 Conference Conclusion




Not Sure If You Should Attend?

Attendees of the last conference were asked what they would tell colleagues who have not attended in the past. This is what a few of them had to share:


I enjoyed meeting facilities managers from other schools and was able to share some ideas that have already been helpful.


This was my first conference of any kind. I was a bit nervous, but the event was smaller scale, paced perfectly and I was surrounded by others whose stories were remarkably similar to my own. This is a great opportunity to put heads together and share ideas outside the vacuum in which you might sometimes find yourself working day-to-day.



This is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and get to know facilities leaders in your community.



There is a lot of knowledge and experience to draw from others that is available to you.


It is so nice to get together with a group of people that deal with the same types of issues you do, and compare notes. Hearing everyone's stories is great as well, it makes me realize I am not alone in all of this, and that I have some great resources out there.

You will learn and grow - lots of helpful info is shared-plus it is fun.

Registration Rates

Two Day Registration for full Conference - Thursday and Friday
Member Early Bird Rate $395 (by January 3, 2019)

Member Regular Registration Rate: $445 (January 3, 2016-January 24, 2019)

Member Late Registration Rate: $485 (After January 24, 2019)

Non-Member Registration Rate: $510 (anytime)

One Day Registration for Friday only
Member Early Bird Rate $245 (by January 3, 2019)

Member Regular Registration Rate: $275 (January 3, 2016-January 24, 2019)

Member Late Registration Rate: $325 (After January 24, 2019)

Non-Member Registration Rate: $355 (anytime)


Registration Is Now Open For This Event


To receive the early bird or regular discount, your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the stated deadline.

* For payment by check, payment must be postmarked by the stated deadline

* Online registrations completed by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the stated deadline. 



You are encouraged to consider joining the many attendees who stay on-site. The residential experience maximizes the opportunity to connect with colleagues and immerse yourself in the professional development.

Attendees can stay onsite at Talaris Conference Center, and reservations should be made with them directly. Please call (206) 268 - 7000 to make your room reservations.  Talaris is a conference center and does not have amenities like a restaurant onsite, although University Village, an outdoor mall is just four blocks away and neighborhood restaurants, cafes and jogging trails are within walking distance. Talaris' 18 acres of park-like beauty provides a quiet oasis in the city. Ample complimentary parking is available as well as a daily complimentary continental breakfast. 


NWAIS is Going Paperless

All program materials will be provided electronically.

If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please "BYOD" (bring your own device) to access them at the workshop or if you prefer, print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.


NWAIS May Help Cover Travel Costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details


Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by January 28, 2019 are eligible for a refund after a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after January 28, 2019 are ineligible for any refund.




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