Tom Holmes is currently the Facilities Supervisor with Oregon Community Credit Union and will be the host for our July 21, 2016 LFMC meeting. We sat down for a few minutes to get some background with Tom's facilities management experience as well as his experience with our upcoming July meeting topic Windows/Glazing for the Facilities Professional.
LFMC: How long have you been involved with facilities management?
Tom: Specifically with facilities management, 10 months. My career background prior to this has prepared me for my current roles as I have been working in construction, vendor managmeent and security. Five of those years I was working with windows/glazing for high end residential and 7 years I was working with secure facilties for financial institutions overseeing security related to vendor management.
LFMC: How did you get roped into facilities managment?
Tom: My current manager at Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU) and I had worked well together previously in security and when he joined OCCU he recruited me to join him here.
LFMC: How long have you been a part of the Eugene/Springfield area community?
Tom: My family and I moved from Minnesota to this area about 10 months ago.
LFMC: How many facilities do you oversee?
Tom: We have 10 buildings total that Oregon Community Credit Union occupies. Our main headquarters on Chad Drive in Eugene and branch locations in Eugene, Springfield and Salem.
LFMC: What are some of the unique facilities challengs you face with your organization?
Tom: Getting to know our building maintenance histories, the prior preventative maintenance and unfortunately in some cases the lack thereof. Unaddressed maintenance issues combined with time can catch up to you.
LFMC: What is a recent project that you and your team were able to tackle and take pride in your accomplishments?
Tom: Our most recent project was very rewarding for our team and our organization. We performed a significant remodel of our technology department which included moving walls, grinding down concrete floors, relocating HVAC and plumbing as well as dicovering electrical in walls that we did not know existed. As a team we were able to meet the obstacles that inevitably arise in a remodel and keep our project on the timeline. [For those attending our LFMC July Meeting we will have a brief tour of theOCCU technology remodel project]
LFMC: With regards to windows, could you expand on your experience with this area?
Tom: I have five years of experience working with high end residential glazing. I started out with installation and moved into a supervisory, sales and business development role.
LFMC: What are key components that facilities and maintenance professionals should know about windows?
Tom: A few key areas that I have seen as areas of need include - 1) Improper maintenance and/or attention to caulking. Where your siding materials meet your windows is a key area for building envelope breakdown and moisture penetration if improperly maintained. 2) Improper tinting can cause windows to fail prematurely. Making sure you are using the proper materials for your building and seeting is essential to the long term efficiency of your windows. 3) Don't believe all of the hype around engery efficiency. Energy efficiency is important but not everything we are sold about windows is able to produce the the return on investment that we are marketed.
LFMC: What are some of the best resources for addresssing window maintenance?
Tom: There is so much good information on the internet now, doing your own research is important. Discussing your issues with other professionals in your industry or who have structures similar to yours is an important resource as well [the connections found in LFMC monthly meetings is a good resource]. Vendor recommendations from other facilities professionals is a good resource.
JOIN LFMC for our NEXT MEETING:
Thursday, July 21st, 2016 (8 - 930am)
Hosted by Tom Holmes, Facilities Supervisor with
Oregon Community Credit Union
2880 Chad Drive
Eugene, OR 97408
TOPIC: Windows/Glazing for the Facilities Professional (details TBA)
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