March 28, 2016
By C.A.S.H. Staff
The C.A.S.H. 37th Annual Conference on School Facilities held February 22-24, 2016, at the Sacramento Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento was very successful!
The Trade Show sold out, we had a long list of sponsors and overall attendance increased more than 10 percent! There was an optimistic and infectious vibe from the more than 1,500 attendees, exhibitors and speakers throughout the event.
The greater attendance was evident in many packed workshop rooms and significant traffic throughout the Trade Show.
For a pictorial of the C.A.S.H. 37th Annual Conference, click here.
Here’s what some attendees have said about the Conference:
As a first timer, I was very impressed and can’t wait till next year! -Matt Boyd, Atascadero Unified School District
A lot of good information and outside the box thinking. Good, knowledgeable speakers. This was my first time at C.A.S.H. and I had a great experience.-Paul Lipscomb, Santa Cruz City Schools
Looking forward to the upcoming Conferences and looking into ways to get more involved.-Hakim Chambers, Brailsford & Dunlavey
As we come out of the economic turmoil of the past several years that has affected us all on many levels, it is exciting to be given the opportunity through the C.A.S.H. Conference to come together to network and learn with those in both the public and private sectors who share a common commitment to the successful education of our states most precious resource, our children.-Gary R. Wuitschick, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
As a first time attendee I found it well worth the money. The possibilities were endless.-John Shook, Downey Unified School District
Highlights of the Conference included:
Tuesday Night Networking Dinner
The Tuesday night networking dinner was again one of the highlights of the Conference. After the reception in the Trade Show, attendees continued conversations and networking while enjoying fabulous food and beverages on the third floor of the Convention Center.
The NextGen Experience, a unique learning lab in the Trade Show alongside our high-caliber vendor booths, was another great addition to the Conference. Attendees took breaks from walking the Trade Show floor to touch, feel, and experience the possibilities of flexible learning environments firsthand.They also conversed with vendors about integrating these flexible learning spaces into to their projects.
C.A.S.H. would like to thank Aaron Buehring of HMC Architects for his time and expertise designing this space. We would also like to thank the following vendors for outfitting the space:
Nora Systems Inc.
Office Depot Inc.
Sierra School Equipment Company
C.A.S.H. would like to thank the sponsors and exhibitors for supporting the 37th Annual Conference.
For a list of all exhibitors, click here.
For a detailed list of sponsors, click here.
This year’s Conference included more than 40 workshops and clinics, and 30 roundtable discussions on hot topics and current issues, including finance, school construction, high performance and planning. Included on the agenda again this year was the ever-popular workshop dedicated to first-time attendees and new members. At the very popular Maintenance and Operations Technology Fair Demonstration and Reception attendees received hands-on learning about maintenance technology areas of solar, security, energy savings and more.
Golf Tournament – Monday, February 22
The Annual Conference Golf Tournament drew more than 100 golfers, and the weather proved to be perfect for networking and camaraderie, before the Conference officially kicked-off.
Monday evening during the Welcome Reception, attendees had their first opportunity to visit the more than 200 Exhibitors, NextGen Experience, and Intermodal Structures two-story modular classroom building on the Trade Show floor.
School Facilities Leadership Academy
Also held Monday evening was the School Facilities Leadership Academy Reception and Graduation Ceremony of the sixth cohort.
Tuesday, February 23
Tuesday morning, attendees were able to choose from many Conference events which included workshops on current issues and hot topics, roundtable discussions, and the Legislative Advisory Committee meeting. The Trade Show also reopened Tuesday morning and was open throughout the day, with dessert service after lunch and a reception in the evening.
Opening General Session and Lunch
As sounds of the O’Jays song Money, Money, Money echoed, C.A.S.H. Chair Jenny Hannah took the stage and welcomed more than 900 attendees to the Opening General Session and Lunch. After the crowd calmed, Jenny expressed the need for everyone to support the 2016 State School Bond and reach our campaign fundraising goal of $2.5 million. She encouraged everyone to consider the negative effect on school facilities without a bond and to show their support for our effort.
She also announced that an anonymous donor had agreed to match all personal contributions three-to-one. She reminded the crowd of the myriad of reasons why we need the Bond to continue the effective state-local partnership of the State School Facility Program. She then turned the stage over to Don Ulrich to present the Conference overview.
The Session continued with the presentations of the Student Design Awards, C.A.S.H./AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards (click here for a video of the 2016 winning projects), and James L. Murdoch Lifetime Achievement Award, given to Bill Meehleis of Meehleis Modular Buildings Inc.
General Session and Networking Breakfast – Wednesday, February 24
The morning convened with the General Session and Networking Breakfast. C.A.S.H. Treasurer and Board Member Ed Mierau presented the annual report on the fiscal health of the organization. He also informed the attendees that this would be his last Treasurer’s report, as he was finishing his tenure on the Board of Directors and turning over the reins to Lyn Gruber.
Mierau then introduced Assembly Member Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) to provide the audience with a legislative perspective on school facility issues. Chavez, a graduate of California State University, Chico, and a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps, described his background in school facilities as founder of a charter school in the Oceanside Unified School District. He also served as director of the school from 2002-2008 and is currently a member of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance.
Chavez reminded everyone of the importance of developing a strong workforce in California, beginning at a very early age in our schools. He expressed his belief that California’s children need the skills to compete in the world economy and California needs to be able to retrain our older workforce with new skills. Chavez emphasized that strong economies come from good education, and facilities are an integral component of a good education. He stressed the need to invest in young people and their education for the benefit of California’s economy. A part of this, he said, is giving all students the opportunity to benefit from 21st Century classroom design. He cited the discrepancy in the quality of facilities across California’s school districts and the unfair disadvantage this causes for some students. This disadvantage is why he believes that the 2016 State School Bond is so important – all children deserve the same opportunities to succeed. Chavez, a member of the State Allocation Board (SAB), noted that there is room for improvement in the current School Facility Program (SFP) and asked C.A.S.H. to ensure any future changes improve the efficiency of the SFP.
Chavez closed by encouraging C.A.S.H. members to keep the future workforce in mind, focus on an efficient, effective statewide school bond program, and to keep moving forward in their efforts to help California’s students.
Closing General Session and Lunch
After welcoming attendees, Jenny Hannah spoke again of the State School Bond and the success that would not have been possible without our partnership with the California Building Industry Association. She honored Dan Kelly and Eileen Reynolds with Service Awards for their dedication to ensuring that we have an equitable state school facilities program to serve the needs of California’s children.
Joe Dixon, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the Nominating Committee report, but first he introduced the incoming cohort of the C.A.S.H. Maintenance Management Certificate Program. He then asked the membership for their approval of the following slate of Board of Directors:
- Noemi Avila-Zamudio, Saddleback Valley USD
- Dwayne Mears, PlaceWorks
- David Miranda, Tustin USD
He also thanked the following Board Members and presented them with Service Awards:
- Bill Draa, Ripon USD (Retired)
- Ed Mierau, Neff Construction
- Tim White, Berkeley USD
Incoming Board Member Noemi Avila-Zamudio presentedthe Membership Service Awards to the following deserving individuals:
- Layne Arthur, Balfour Beatty Construction
- Jon Baker, BakerNowicki Design Studio
- Dick Cowan, XL Construction
- Bob Cruz, Charter Oak USD and CSBA Regional Director
- Glenn Gould, Orbach Huff Suarez & Henderson LLP
- Marty Hom, Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo
- Bill McGuire, Twin Rivers USD
- Jessica Mears, Santa Ana USD
- Mike Tarantino, Poway USD
Jenny Hannah returned to the stage and introduced Tony Russo of Russo McGarty & Associates, Inc., who gave an insider’s perspective on Californians for Quality Schools. For more information on the 2016 State School Bond campaign, click here.
The Post-Conference debriefing was held immediately following the General Session. More than 40 attendees remained to provide C.A.S.H. staff with their constructive feedback and suggestions on how to improve the Conference next year.
Save the Date
Mark your calendars for the 38th Annual Conference and Trade Show, which will be held February 20-22, 2017, at the Sacramento Convention Center. If you are interested in serving on the 38th Annual Conference Planning Committee, please contact Lisa Church at (916) 448-8577 or email@example.com.