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December 2017 Print

President's Message


Within the past week, we transitioned seasons dropping from 60 degrees weather to the 20’s with blowing snow.  Welcome to winter in Wisconsin.  With this change also brings the holidays.   I truly enjoyed our Christmas party that was held at the Best Place last week. We had over 80 friends, associates and comrades that attended. It was great for all to take the opportunity to reconnect and enjoy the friendships made over the years.  Thanks to everyone that was involved with the planning and execution - the event was a great success from both a networking perspective and with providing generous fundraising for the Penfield Children’s Center.

As cold weather approaches, so does the potential misuse of personal space heaters within our facilities. Many of us have policies in place that ban them from the workplace, citing edits from the insurance companies or that the use will affect our HVAC systems effectiveness. However, even with an effective system in place, we might have some workers that have medical conditions that require additional heat from the normal 68-76-degree workspace that we provide. In these circumstances, proper precautions must be used to keep a safe working environment.  When using a space heater, always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines, keeping the unit away from combustible materials.  The unit should be turned off when not occupied and kept in plain sight. Never place anything on top of the unit and never use an extension cord or power strip - the unit should be plugged directly into a properly-rated wall outlet. Personally, there are too many variables that would keep me awake. Reach out to one of our chapter’s subject-matter experts for the correct product designed for the application and its installation.

I am looking forward to 2018; we will be kicking off our pilot mentoring program during the first quarter.  This pilot will be focusing on helping pass knowledge and experiences from both our seasoned professionals and associates to our new professionals. Think of it as a remote apprenticeship program similar to the trades, matching up both parties so they can share knowledge and experiences.  In the development process of this program, it sparked a great deal of interest. We will be sending out a communication to our members during the first quarter.  Please give it some thought if you would be interested in joining this venture.  We also looked at enhancing the tools needed for its success. The communications team developed a Q &A forum module on our website that can be used by all.  This module which will roll out with the mentoring program will only be available to chapter members.  Its intended use would be to ask questions to the chapter membership that may arise for services, products, policies or just a plain what do you think.

In closing, please remember to work hard but ensure that you have fun doing it. Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Mike Bohn
SEW IFMA President

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Upcoming Events

HGA Architects & Engineers

January 16th, 2018

4:00pm - 7:00pm

333 East Erie Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202


It is no small thing to leave a mark on the world.

Our goal is to create a company and culture where everyone–employees and clients–can do the best work of their lives. We value empathy, are fueled by curiosity, and embrace the hard work that leads to innovation. For the people who work, learn, heal, serve and gather in the spaces we shape, our goal is to exceed expectations—today, tomorrow and into the future.

Curiosity is the root of our creativity.

We follow an innovative research-based approach to design. Our work is always built upon a foundation of unique insight into client needs. To develop that insight, our process includes monitoring broad social and technological developments, researching market-specific challenges, delving deeply into our clients’ organizations, and employing a host of tools to understand what is critical to the quality of our work with each client. Upon this foundation of fresh understanding, we help clients create purposeful design with an enduring impact.

Forward-thinking, even way back.

Our founding principals Richard Hammel, Curt Green and Bruce Abrahamson established a commitment to superb modern design through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to meeting and exceeding expectations. From their first basement office in 1953 to our national presence today, the firm has helped shape culture, business and society by consistently creating forward-thinking design solutions for clients and communities.

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The 833 Building Tour

Tuesday February 13th, 2018

4:00pm - 7:00pm

833 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Located at 833 East Michigan Street in the hub of Milwaukee’s commercial business district, 833 East is the city’s newest environmentally sustainable, high-visibility, Class A, multi-tenant office building. The 18-story, 358,000 SF project offers stunning views and a superb combination of elegant design, state-of-the-art technology and exclusive tenant amenities, making it the premier new office development in downtown Milwaukee.


  • 18 stories offering panoramic views of Lake Michigan and downtown Milwaukee
  • Over 358,000 SF of Class A office space
  • Environmentally sustainable, LEED-certified design
  • Technology driven for optimal IT access and energy efficiency
  • On-site fitness center with private showers and locker room facilities
  • Multi-media conference center for up to 120 people
  • Rare Steakhouse restaurant on Michigan Street
  • 454 executive and guest parking stalls
  • On-site distribution antenna service (DAS) to enhance in-building cellular signal reception
  • Intelligent dispatch passenger elevator service to expedite movement throughout building
  • Climate-controlled Skywalk connectivity to US Bank Center & Galleria, US Bank Parking Garage, Juneau North office building, Juneau South office building, 875 East Wisconsin office building and the O’Donnell parking garage
  • Within easy walking distance of the central business district, Third Ward, lakefront, Henry Maier Festival Park, Discovery World and Milwaukee Art Museum

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From the Desk of The Membership Committee

The Membership Committee hosted a wonderful New Member Luncheon, at Mitchell's Fish Market on November 16th.  10 new members to SEW-IFMA were welcomed by 10 veteran members for an afternoon of introduction and networking.  The New Member Luncheon continues to be a wonderful event that cultivates members into active participants in the chapter.  Thank you to Dave Bauer and Karyn Biller for putting on a great presentation.

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Holiday Party


Thank You to the Special Events Committee for putting together another great Holiday Social!  The venue and food were superb.  A good time was had by all.

The Service Committee thanks everyone for their participation in this year's Holiday Party Silent Auction:

This was a very successful year for the Silent Auction.  Many great donations were made for the event and the bidders were all very generous. Over $2,000 was made that will be given to Pennfield Children's Center.

This auction provides the funds used to support our selected charitable organizations; Hunger Task Force, Ronald McDonald House, Pennfield Children’s Center and the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.  Additionally, our IFMA members donate their time when we host special events at these organizations.


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Community Service

February 21st, 2018
Milwaukee Rescue Mission
830 N. 19th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233


Volunteers are needed to serve dinner at Milwaukee Rescue Mission on Wednesday, February 21st from 3:45pm - 6:00pm.  Join other Chapter members for a rewarding experience.

Advance registration is required.  Thank you!



February 27th, 2018
Ronald McDonald House
8948 W. Watertown Plank Rd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

The Lunch-2-Go program provides brown bag “to-go” lunches for guests of the Ronald McDonald House. The goal of the program is to eliminate both the worry and the cost of a lunch for families residing in the House. Three times a week, Lunch-2-Go volunteers prepare items that families can pack into individualized brown bag lunches and take on their way out.

Lunch-2-Go volunteers prepare lunches in the House from 5:45-7:45pm, and all supplies are provided for you, courtesy of Northwestern Mutual Foundation.


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FM Forum

The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of IFMA invites you to participate in the FM Forum. Take advantage of the knowledge and experience of your fellow members.  Open conversations and ask questions. This chat format has recently been added to the website and we invite you to engage with other SEW IFMA members and share.



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Platinum Sponsors

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Gold and Silver Sponsors

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Get involved -- join a committee!

Program Committee members help plan educational programs, building/construction site tours, and a number of social events throughout the year.  Members meet bi-monthly, currently at Moe’s Irish Tavern on Highway 100 and Bluemound.  We brainstorm and coordinate new events/tours.  Typically each member is assigned to coordinate an event.  Currently along with our monthly programs, planning is in the works for our annual Member Appreciation Event in October at Veloce Go Cart Racetrack and Point Burger Bar.  The Programs Committee is a great way to get involved and meet our members along with the opportunity to have a say in our Chapters future events.  

Please contact Brett Heikkila, Program Chair if interested in joining the Programs Committee: bheikkila@buildingservice.com

The SEW IFMA Education Committee is charged with providing educational opportunities to all the members of SEW IFMA through educational programs, student scholarships and member professional development. It will work to ensure that the member educational and certification needs are met.

Please contact Tyler Yaudas, Education Chair, if interested in joining the Education Committee:  tyler.yaudas@pauldavis.com


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General Membership Announcements

Please Welcome our SEW IFMA New Members since October 1, 2017:

Christine Bertolotto - Northwestern Mutual

David Goeman - Northwestern Mutual

Kyle Kornacki - Stamm Technologies

Louis Kowieski - iQ Commercial Resources, LLC

Tracy Lutterman - Northwestern Mutual

Eric Muench - TPMG

Christine Mutschler - Office Furniture Resources

Brandon Pokrzewinski - Northwestern Mutual

Jamie Scheid - Direct Supply

Devin Smith - J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Tricia Trester

MaryAnne Vecchio - CORT

Laura Zanella - Northwestern Mutual


All members should keep their IFMA Member Profiles CURRENT.  Make all member profile updates (email, job, etc.) at IFMA International website.  The SEW IFMA Chapter website syncs up with the IFMA International website to update your Chapter profile.

Member Job Board - Remember to visit the Job Board at the SEW IFMA website, where we post Facilities Management jobs. Click here to see the current open jobs posted on our site.

Don't forget to check out our SEW IFMA LinkedIn page and get LinkedIn!

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