Operating in High Performance Buildings, November 27 6-8pm, New York, NY

  • 27 November 2018
  • Start time : 06:00 PM
  • End time : 08:00 PM
  • Event Host : Urban Green Council
  • Event Location : SYSKA HENNESSY GROUP 1515 Broadway, 15th Floor, NYC, NY, 10036, United States
Event Description

High performance buildings often have complex, interrelated systems that require skilled facility managers who can balance the requirements of end-users with the demands of running the building efficiently.

However, design and construction teams often hand off projects to the facilities team without providing adequate preparation or incorporating their input. This can lead to buildings that don’t operate as efficiently as their designers intended. This session will demonstrate examples of system inefficiencies from Facilities Managers’ perspective and explore opportunities during the planning, design and turnover processes that could encourage more efficient operations.


Talya Santillan
Principal, Kohler Ronan

Santillan has designed mechanical systems for large institutions, universities, commercial spaces, and residences — both in urban and rural areas. She brings substantial industry experience, attention to detail, operational skills, and creative talent to all projects. Since joining Kohler Ronan’s New York office, Santillan has proven herself to be extremely engaging and to possess unparalleled interpersonal skills. She is able to explain the most complicated engineering topics in the simplest of terms. Her skills have allowed her to successfully complete projects while mentoring several of our younger engineers. As project manager, Santillan coordinates between disciplines and ensures that schedules and budgets are being met.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Urban Green Council
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Neil Martinez
      Director of Facilities, The Buckley School

      Neil Martinez is the Director of Facilities for The Buckley School, an independent, K-9 day school for boys located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Neil oversees all aspects of facilities management for the school's three properties, one of which achieved LEED for Schools v2009 Silver Certification. Neil received his Bachelors in Finance from Pace University and is also a Certified Building Commissioning Professional.

      Mark Gordon
      Facilities Director, Collegiate School

      Mark Gordon has been in the facilities maintenance business for 40 years and has been on both sides, as a provider and now a facilities manager. Mark is a Florida state certified electrical contractor as well as a building inspector. He presently is the facilities Director for Collegiate School, an all-boys K-12 school founded in 1628 in New Amsterdam, the oldest school in this country. Mark with his colleagues moved the entire school last winter holiday break to their new location on the Upper west Side near the Hudson River.

      Michael T. Murphy
      Senior Director of Maintenance & Engineering, Weil Cornell Medicine
  • Cost
    • Non-Member
  • Event type
    • Speaker(s)

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