Another great GAPPA (Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators) conference has come to a close. Chad Griffith, PE, Bart Stewart, PE, and Lisa Roberson, CPSM, all attended the conference that was held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center and for the 10th consecutive year GEI had a booth at the trade show. We also had fun drawing for winners of our raffle prizes: this year we had Amazon gift cards (won by Dale Hess with the University of Georgia Griffin campus and Victor Panchuk with The Westminster Schools), and the very popular Biolite Camp Stove (won by Fred Ricketson with the University of West Georgia).

Dale Hess - UGA Griffin Victor Panchuk - Westminster Fred Ricketson UWG

This year we were also excited to participate in a technical session to talk about the design of the JohnChad with others B. Shepherd Central Plant that we designed to serve the Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse College campuses. Chad Griffith, PE, was one of four presenters – along with Vic Clements of The University Financing Foundation, Bonita Dukes of Clark Atlanta University, and Art Frazier of Spelman College – about how the project came to fruition.

Business partners also had an opportunity to attend a session where owners gave feedback on a variety of topics ranging from RFQ responses to shortlist interviews. Sheree Srader and Fred Ricketson with the University of West Georgia, and Megan Kocikowski with the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission, spoke to a standing room only crowd. Some of the takeaways included “please, proofread your submissions”, and learn to take advantage of site visits. Also, read the RFQ – and reread the RFQ – before you come to the preproposal meeting, and don’t ask questions that have already been answered in the RFQ. There are dress codes, and they all had strong opinions about leave behind materials. The bottom line though – they’re looking for passion. I know that we will be taking advantage of the insights we learned from them!

We’re looking forward to GAPPA 2018!