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Facility Tours

Front- and back-of-house facility tours are an illuminating part of the World Workplace learning experience. Nothing brings the FM story to life better than seeing workplace strategy and creative problem-solving in action. Discuss processes and challenges with fellow tour participants. Take away practical tips and new perspectives on managing unique spaces.

Held Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., each tour is only US$20 per person, and includes transportation to and from the site. Facility management and building operations teams will show and tell their O&M systems and plants, sustainable/energy-efficient features, restoration projects and state-of-the-art upgrades.

Please check in by 12:45 p.m. near registration on Oct. 4, 2016. Tours will depart promptly at 1 p.m. Please plan to wear closed-toe, flat shoes.

Ship and SkylineUSS Midway

Maximum: 60 Participants -SOLD OUT-

The USS Midway Museum opened in 2004, the result of a 12-year campaign by San Diego civic leaders. It quickly became the most-visited of the 100+ historic naval ship museums in the world, and was the first to reach 1.2 million visitors annually. The museum hosts more than 700 events a year, more than half of which are active-duty military events. The museum also hosts 50,000 students annually. Twice, Midway has doubled its classroom space to meet increasing demand and now offers electronic field trips for high schools via the Internet. Learn about Midway’s HVAC/heating system, electrical distribution systems, recycling process, classroom restoration, and supply and waste-water systems. Tour the ship’s elevator operation (on- and off-load), engine room (new and old) and desalination plants. Closed- toe, comfortable shoes are recommended. Attendees must be able to climb ladders.

Nighttime_Photo by Rob QuigleySan Diego Central Library at Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common -SOLD OUT-

Maximum: 40 Participants

The largest library system in the region, San Diego Public Library serves a population of more than 1.3 million people. The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, which opened in September 2013, is the heart of the library’s 35-branch library system. The tour of this iconic and award-winning domed building will highlight the Dr. Seuss-themed Sanford Children's Library, the beach-themed Pauline Foster Family Teen Center, the three-story glass-enclosed Helen Price Reading Room, the Hervey Family Rare Books Room, the Qualcomm Dome Terrace, and the spacious Shiley Special Events Suite overlooking Petco Park. Truly one of downtown San Diego’s architectural gems. This is a walking tour; comfortable shoes recommended.

SDCCSan Diego Convention Center

Maximum: 40 Participants -SOLD OUT-

One of the world’s most successful and best run convention centers, the San Diego Convention Center has contributed US$18.2 billion to the regional economy since 1989, making it one of the city’s most important economic engines. Explore all 2.6 million sq. ft. of the LEED Silver certified building. See how the center’s versatile floorplan adds to its success. The tour includes a look inside the ground-level exhibit hall, which totals 525,701 sq. ft. from end to end; a peek at the central plant; a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen; a glance at on-site shops; and a walk through the 90,000 sq. ft. glass-enclosed Sails Pavilion. This is a walking tour; comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Attendees must bring their conference badge.

Padre Dam Treatment Plant 2Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility-SOLD OUT-

Maximum: 45 Participants

When new wastewater treatment standards were mandated in 1959, the Santee County Water District’s general manager, Ray Stoyer, responded with plans for a treatment system that would provide a new water supply and offset the demand for imported water. Stoyer built a primary treatment facility and discharged the water into a series of small lakes and percolation beds to complete the treatment process. Relocated to its present site in 1968, Padre Dam’s award-winning Water Recycling Facility was upgraded in 1997 to treat two-million gallons per day using the Bardenpho system, which combines large amounts of air with microscopic organisms to remove high levels of suspended solids, organic material, nitrogen and phosphorous without the use of chemicals. Closed-toe shoes are required; comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour will not be ADA accessible.

JCVIJ. Craig Venter Institute-SOLD OUT-

Maximum: 60 Participants

For more than two decades, Dr. J. Craig Venter and his research teams have been pioneers in genomic research. State-of-the-art and “ultra-green,” the 45,000 sq. ft. JCVI building contains a wet laboratory and computational laboratory on the University of California, San Diego campus. It is one of the first true net-zero energy biological research laboratories in the world, generating 100% of its power on site. The building uses natural day-lighting and views, natural ventilation/passive cooling, rainwater harvesting, native low-water landscaping, use of regional materials, green roofs, recycled content and sustainably harvested wood. Rainfall runoff from the building rooftop is stored in cisterns to provide water for irrigation, cooling towers and washing photovoltaic panels. Closed-toe shoes are required. There are no food or drinks allowed on this tour.

JCVISempra Energy Headquarters

Maximum: 60 Participants-SOLD OUT-

Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2015 revenues of more than $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' 17,000 employees serve more than 32 million consumers worldwide. The Sempra Energy Headquarters building is an Iconic and distinctive 16 story building located in San Diego’s East Village just a short 10 minute walk from the Convention Center. The building was designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE and includes 330,000 square feet of office space and both an above and below ground parking structure. The building completed construction in 2015 and has achieved a LEED Gold certification. The building plan incorporates smart planning principles including raised floors, demountable walls, indoor-outdoor event space, a high floor plate-to-core ratio, natural light for all employees, a solar system providing 1.5% of building’s energy needs and a bird’s eye view into Petco Park.

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