BOC Success Stories
Find out why participants rate BOC as highly valuable.
Since MEEA began offering BOC in the Midwest, over 3,000 participants have been trained. Below is a list of BOC success stories highlighting individual experiences with BOC training and the impact it has had on each facility, specifically how BOC training has helped improve day-to-day operations and maintenance and reduced energy consumption. These success stories showcase the energy savings achieved through better operations and maintenance, how immediate improvements can be realized with little or no capital investment and the positive impact of professional development on program participants.
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Bob Woodward, Chief Engineer Faciliy Operations Manager, Bavarian Inn Lodge -
Bob Woodward, Chief Engineer Facility Operations Manager of Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan graduated from the Level I and Level II BOC trainings in Lansing, Michigan. Bob gained a wealth of knowledge during the BOC trainings and attributes energy savings, improved maintenance, and professional development to the BOC program. “Since taking the BOC Level I classes,” said Bob, “I have been given the opportunity to take on the position of Facility Operations Manager of several other properties owned by my employer.”
Greg Camp, Participant, Capitol Plaza Hotel—
I was interested in the BOC class because everything is going to energy savings and I wanted to see if there was anything new that I didn't know about. We have implemented some of the things that I learned through the BOC class and we have seen a decrease in energy consumption.
BOC has definitely been great for my professional development. Since taking BOC, I look for better ways to handle our trash and recycling. We're more cautious with the way we handle things and we are taking more responsibility. It was a good, hands-on experience, very well put together and anyone that takes this class would get something out of it. Anyone would benefit from it.
Pete Buenting, Participant, Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment—
I was attracted to the energy efficiency aspect and the networking opportunities provided in BOC training. Anyone could benefit from the edge that BOC training gives you. It is valuable in terms of the information and efficiency gained and the greater understanding of all of the systems that make a building run well. Plus, all of the technology is changing so fast that it is good to stay abreast of the latest technology. It was also valuable for my resume and for networking.
Because of the class, I installed occupancy sensors to conserve energy and I calculated that we achieved about a $500 annual savings by installing just five sensors. I also retrofitted the lighting, which will have a huge impact on our energy usage in 2007.
Taking the class is a virtual no brainer. You make your money back almost immediately plus you get the eight days of training. It breaks out to about $150 a day, which is very reasonable compared to other training programs.
At Cirrus Aircraft's production facility in Duluth, MN, facilities director Alan Jusczak has overseen several major projects designed to save energy and streamline operations.
Jim Marison, Participant, College of Lake County—
The BOC appealed to me on multiple levels because as a Community College we do quite a bit to be energy efficient and to reduce the impact we have on the environment. I think that people always knew the impact of heating and cooling on the environment, but they are finally doing something about it. People are increasingly getting involved with green buildings and LEED certification, things that they previously thought were out of their grasp. As a father with two small children you want to save something for our future.
We are planning two smaller projects that will have an impact on our energy consumption based on what we have learned through the BOC program. You get out of the class what you are willing to put into it. If it is something that you are really interested in then you will get a lot out of it. Just the knowledge that you gain from the class makes you a better building engineer or manager.
The impact that BOC had on our staff was great and helped us learn how we can do our part to save resources.
Dave Spooner, Supervisor, Duluth Public School District—
Dave Spooner, Supervisor of Maintenance & Construction at Duluth Public School District (ISD 709), enrolled six building operators in the Building Operator Certification class in Cloquet, MN, in April, 2014. As a supervisor, Dave was interested in the BOC program because it helps empower the employee and gets them thinking critically about energy use in buildings.
Upon graduating from the BOC training, these professionals recommended reducing the unnecessary run-time of 37 air handling units and 50 exterior building lights in five schools within the district. These free, and relatively minor, adjustments result in an annual energy savings of $4,800 or 130,000 kWh.
East Newton County R-VI School District—Rusty McDermott, Facilities Director of East Newton County School District in Granby, Missouri, has had a couple of busy years overseeing major projects involving energy efficiency upgrade sand construction of a 5,376 square foot tornado safe room for the school district.
Eastern Illinois University—
Facility management at Eastern Illinois University is no easy task. The campus—spanning nearly 325 acres in Charleston, Illinois—includes 72 buildings ranging in vintage from 1895 to 2005 and covering some 3 million square feet, including classroom buildings, physical education facilities, facility maintenance shops, the physical plant and even a greenhouse.
Gary Reed, Director of Facilities Planning and Management, oversees it all with a facilities staff of 150. The complexity of the job demands that his staff be up-to-date in basic operations and maintenance procedures and coordinated in their approach. “BOC training offers a format for educating staff and certifying that they have a baseline of knowledge in operations maintenance procedures,” Gary says. “BOC builds an excellent foundation for day-to-day operations and stimulates interest in saving energy.”
Gene Scales, Instructor, Eugene A. Scales & Associates, Inc.—
I teach BOC because I wanted to share my knowledge with people and as far as learning, it's a two-way street for me. BOC certification is good for professional development and can be a stepping stone for building operators professionally. The program works to empower the participants to come up with some good ideas and communicate and convince their managers to go through with the changes. It gives them some mobility within their company.
The BOC program can save money and eventually it will pay for itself many times over.
Brent Reiner, Participant, GBBN Architects—
The information division of GBBN Architects helps facilities establish facility maintenance plans and manage facility information management systems for use in space planning, asset management, and daily maintenance tracking. We work with large public and private organizations in the region to help them better manage data about their buildings to improve their operations. Through our relationship with the Hamilton County Facilities Department, we were introduced to the Ohio Public Facility Maintenance Association and made the decision to join in early 2005. The BOC program, which is supported by both OPFMA and the Ohio School Facility Commission, has proven to be a valuable experience.
Working in an architectural environment, the majority of our personnel focus on how the environment is built or renovated. Our team provides the transition to ensure the data collected during the design and construction is usable, accessible, and relevant to the facility owner. Our BOC experience in the classroom has helped us to gain better understanding of the operational impacts of building design and the biggest concerns of the facility managers and operators. The dialogue and discussions in the BOC class were of particular value, as we have the opportunity to hear the challenges and input from the maintenance personnel, trades, project managers, and facility managers charged with the long term care of the buildings.
In particular, the strong attendance by school personnel was of benefit to us. We provide maintenance plan advisor services to our clients through the OSFC program to ensure each new school's facility infrastructure is documented and the proper preventive maintenance programs are in place. Schools need to have maintenance plans approved by the state before the district can use OSFC funds for maintenance purposes. The BOC discussions on the OSFC program, including the impact of the design manual and how the information collected by the MPA is used by the maintenance departments, were of particular interest. Valuable information is being produced by the OSFC's maintenace plan advisors, and we saw the need to ensure this is available to a wider maintenance audience in the schools.
Ronald Henderson, Participant, Harris-Stowe State University—
I am the Director of Facilities at our university and I wanted to learn more about new technologies available and if there was anything that I was missing in the scope of energy management and systems upgrades.
The biggest selling point to me was the overview of energy management. I walked in hoping to reduce my energy consumption and I have definitely achieved that. The BOC training gave me the tools to be more energy efficient and to update the technology I am using. I was already looking to update my lighting, but BOC helped spread that even further.
Through BOC, I learned that energy efficiency is within reach now. Ten years ago this technology existed but it was cost prohibitive. Now in 2006, the green movement is really spurring people to take advantage of new and efficient technologies. The newer technology on the market brings it within reach and more people are looking at how to do this. Being educated on the technology is very helpful and BOC definitely helps you with that.
For the amount of training you get, the cost is very low. It is great for my resume and now I am able to utilize the knowledge in preparing reports for my administration. The BOC program is more than worth the time and money to attend. You learn what's going on in the energy market as well as valuable, practical ways to save on energy costs for your institution or company.
Julie Elzanati, BOC Coordinator, Heartland Community College—
The BOC is a great resource for those interested in efficient building management. BOC graduates learn different techniques and cutting edge technologies to save energy, saving their companies money by making them more efficient. After the class they also have a network of peers to call on for advice and best practices, including the instructors who have years of experience. Employers save money right off the bat, and everyone I know who has taken the class has saved their company at least the cost of the course by the time they graduate.
Once we trained two of the local school district facility managers who manage all of the public schools in Normal, Illinois. After taking the course, they were able to research and analyze different options when upgrading their heating and cooling systems. They ended up installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, which uses the heat from the earth to heat facilities in the winter and puts heat back into the earth in the summer. They are more efficient systems and are expected to last longer than traditional heating systems and they require much less maintenance, which is where the cost really goes up.
Because of what they learned in the BOC course, they were able to provide a case to the community to pay for the high cost of installing the new system by estimating the savings over the course of its life. Now they have geothermal systems rather than a traditional system in two of the elementary schools. They were able to assess the costs and payback. They undertook a huge project as a result of being in BOC and they were very pleased with the results.
From hospitals, school districts, insurance companies, universities and community colleges, all facilities would benefit from this training without a doubt. Many of the maintenance staff have been in these positions for 20-30 years and this is a great course to get updates on the rapidly changing technology.
Dave Pearson, Instructor, IEFM Consulting Engineers—
I am a mechanical engineer and I design HVAC, plumbing, lighting, power and energy systems, primarily for commercial and institutional facilities. In addition to designing these systems, I also perform energy audits and find ways to make facilities more efficient and comfortable.
We were working on an energy audit with the maintenance supervisor from a local YMCA, and as part of the audit we sent him through the BOC training. He was very aggressive and diligent in implementing the projects we discussed in class. With the audit and the BOC training the YMCA was able to save a tremendous amount of energy — probably 15-20%.
Through BOC, people can get a better feel for their building while increasing efficiency and at the same time improving comfort and safety.
Jim Coates, Instructor, IUOE Local 399—
As a BOC instructor, I am able to help people learn about building operations while keeping abreast of new technologies. Teaching BOC is a great opportunity to keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening in the marketplace. It has been great with keeping me tuned in and broadening my horizons and opportunities.
The biggest issue facing the industry today is that people don’t understand how much is involved in building operations, and I view BOC as a comprehensive overview of facility systems. It gives students the opportunity to see how everyone and every system works together. BOC training provides tools and solutions to mitigate the cost of the training. Participants gain useful knowledge and techniques and appear happy with the training results.
Mark Friedman, Participant, Lincoln University—
The primary reason I took the BOC class is that I wanted to learn about new lighting technology that is on the horizon. Here on our campus, I knew that by becoming more efficient we could recover a good amount of energy instantly with little investment and the BOC showed me how.
I was very impressed with how quick the paybacks were on some of the energy conservation measures taught in BOC. You usually don’t hear about how fast something will pay back, but the BOC course shows you how to calculate the savings over the lifetime of the investment. We made a lighting upgrade in a women's residence hall, where we replaced 50+ incandescent light fixtures in the lobby area with 30 fluorescent fixtures. It improved the light quality and reduced the energy consumption so that it will pay for itself in 22 months. After that, it is just savings every year.
Until I took the class, I was considering doing an energy audit, but BOC covers many of the same areas. We could have spent $20,000 on energy efficiency consulting doing things that now I can do myself. If you go in with an open mind, and use what you learn, the payback will be very quick on the time and money that you have invested.