HMC’s Alex Parslow, Mary Morris and John Nichols will be presenting at the 36th Annual Coalition for Adequate School Housing Conference in Sacramento from February 23-24, 2015. Alex’s presentation focuses on maintenance and operations technology, Mary’s presentation dives into California’s Qualifications Based Selection laws and how to conduct the selection process correctly, and John is participating in a workshop titled, “Planning in the LCAP World—Set Your Vision for Success.”


Maintenance & Operations Technology and Demonstration Fair (M&O)
Alex Parslow, HMC Architects/School Advisors

Monday, February 23, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Technology is becoming more important for school infrastructure and classroom instruction. These systems are inherited by the M&O staff who have little or no training on how to operate or maintain the equipment. Learn hands-on skills and techniques directly from experts in the areas of security cameras, new lighting and roofing technologies, indoor air quality, energy management systems, synthetic turf, fire and security alarms, PA systems, classroom technology and enhanced audio systems.

Making the Qualifications Based Selection Process REALLY Work For You (SA)
Mary Morris, HMC Architects/School Advisors; Eric Holm, Las Lomitas Elementary School District; Mark Kelley, Dannis Woliver Kelley; Tom Millman, Kitchell CEM

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

California’s Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) laws were created to make sure the taxpayers who fund public projects are able to get the full benefit of having the most qualified professional service providers on the job (and to make sure nobody is unjustly enriching his or her brother-in-law). The QBS process is meant to be objective, fair and able to stand up to public scrutiny. Simple, right? Not always, as it turns out. The requirements for conducting this process are not as clear and absolute as one might expect, and your projects may suffer if QBS is not used correctly.

Planning in the LCAP World—Set Your Vision for Success (FM)
Joseph Quinonez, Montebello USD; Brianna Garcia, School Services of California; John Nichols, HMC Architects/School Advisors

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Facilities services suffered severe cuts over the last five years as budgets were reduced and school districts worked to minimize the impacts to the classroom. The economy is now recovering and with the establishment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), school districts are experiencing some of the biggest changes in school funding. More money is being directed to school districts, but more pressure is being exerted to restore teacher salaries and instructional programs. Learn how to be the voice for your district and advocate for facilities funding in your Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Identifying a road map for the needs of today and setting the course for the future is critical. Come to this workshop and gain knowledge of the LCFF and Williams Act implications and impacts on district funding and facilities. Hear some lessons learned from other school districts and tips on how to improve community engagement and support for facilities, establish a facilities funding plan and meet the accountability requirements of LCAP.