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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. 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., each tour is only US$49 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. 17, 2017. Tours will depart promptly at 1 p.m. Please plan to wear closed-toe, flat shoes.

GRBGeorge R. Brown Convention Center

Maximum: 50 Participants

The George R. Brown Convention Center opened on the east side of downtown Houston on September 26, 1987. The building was named for internationally recognized entrepreneur, engineer, civic leader, philanthropist and Houstonian George Rufus Brown (1898-1983), who donated six of the 11 blocks necessary to build the GRB. The first convention held was the American Society of Travel Agents beginning in October of that year. In July 2001, ground was broken on a joint effort to expand the convention center and build an adjacent 1,200-room convention headquarters hotel. After 27 months of construction, the GRB grew from 1.15 million square feet to 1.8 million square feet. Three exhibit halls and more meeting rooms were added. The expansion was completed on December 3, 2003. Ground was broken yet again in June 2014 to fulfill the goals outlined in the GRB 2025 Master Plan. By adding more connectivity within the GRB and to the surrounding neighborhoods, a captivating experience for visitors and Houstonians alike is created.

FedHouston Federal Reserve Bank

Maximum: 60 Participants - Government Photo ID Required

**This is a high security tour. No on-site Registrations** Photo ID is required and all guests will be screened (similar to airport type screening) upon entrance to the facility.

The Houston Branch is housed in an award-winning building overlooking historic Buffalo Bayou, designed by internationally renowned American architect Michael Graves. The building, completed in 2005, features the second-largest currency vault in the Federal Reserve System, a state-of-the-art conference center, sophisticated physical and electronic security systems, and a visitor center that features information on the Federal Reserve System, the local economy, Houston’s economic history, and Branch operations. Highlights include a display of historical U.S. currency; a solid gold bar on a lift; an exhibit that tests visitors’ ability to identify counterfeit money.

The group will get a behind the scenes tour of our Law Enforcement Unit, Cash operations and a discussion on the Banks design. In LEU they will learn about the security details that are designed into protecting the assets and employees of the Bank. In Cash the group will learn how we receive, process (fit, counterfeit, destroy/shred currency) and payout fit currency to Financial Institutions.

Also one of the Banks engineers will provide details on being the first branch facility in the Federal Reserve System to achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2011, based on the building’s ability to operationally meet sustainability goals) and how the Branch was the first Federal Reserve building to meet post-9/11 security requirements for new construction.

md andersonUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building for Personalized Cancer Care

Maximum: 50 Participants

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. Viewed up close or from a distance, it is clear that the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building for Personalized Cancer Care is not research as usual. Its soaring glass towers are uplifting, inspiring and bring hope to those seeking treatment at MD Anderson, and to those Making Cancer History.®

The 12-floor, 628,652-square-foot building is designed to integrate delivery of basic and clinical research to support personalized cancer care and pancreatic cancer research. Two research laboratory wings with an exterior public corridor maximize laboratory flexibility to meet new and evolving technologies. These wings are adjoined to two adjacent office wings by a central collaboration space. The central hub not only contains common core functions and services such as the elevators, stair towers and restrooms, it also contains various gathering spaces, comfortable seating, and a variety of work-settings. Infused with technology, the living rooms on different floors are equipped to support different functions and are connected by a communicating stair. The living rooms effortlessly foster collaboration. Devoted solely to research, the Zayed Building is located on 5 acres and will accommodate more than 2,000 researchers.

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