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The Facilities Management Department at OCCC is committed to effective and efficient quality service.  It is their mission to anticipate and proactively provide the physical environment and customer service that enables OCCC to surpass its objectives in instruction, student service, staff support, and community service.  After thirty-five years of providing quality educational opportunities to the community, the Facilities Management Department realized that OCCC had outgrown its facility.  A rapidly growing student body, an aging facility, and the need to conserve energy presented a challenge.  The  college sought to expand the square footage of the school and improve the efficiency of its operations, giving top consideration to energy use, and student and faculty comfort.

Working with its architect and Trane, OCCC developed a strategic plan to address and prioritize school goals.  In alignment with the long-term strategy, solutions were implemented to ensure that the school met its objectives and continued to grow.  Trane systems and controls were selected, and as a result, energy use per square foot decreased by nearly 35 percent.

Maintaining the growth of the student body and keeping energy costs to a minimum is an ongoing concern for OCCC.  In 2000, the Facilities Management Department put together an energy systems master plan, and update this plan annually with strategic 5 year plans to improve and/or expand facilities.  Through their partnership with Trane, OCCC has been able to expand its energy savings as well as its facilities, earning them National accolades within the Facilities Management Industry.

The Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) campus consists of twenty-one (21) buildings on approximately 150 acres, with four off-campus locations.  The buildings represent close to 1,000,000 square feet of space.

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Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, 2013

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In April, 2013, J.B. Messer, Director of Facilities Management, will be speaking at the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference at the University of Maryland.  J.B. will be discussing OCCC’s Strategic Planning Approach to cutting cost and improving the learning environment.  This strategic planning approach has been critical  in combining campus expansion with more energy efficient infrastructure systems that have enabled them to significantly decrease consumption and transform their campus into a high performance learning environment.

TFM’s 2013 Facility Executive of the Year

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Each January Today’s Facility Manager (TFM) recognizes a facility management professional who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and completed an exceptional project for their organization.  The Facility Executive of the Year award is the industry’s most prestigious form of recognition for facility managers.  On February 7, 2013, TFM announced J.B. Messer, Director of Facility Management at OCCC, 2013 Facility Executive of the Year.

An excerpt from Anne Vazquez, TFM:  “When J.B. Messer began working at OCCC as director of facilities management in 1998, he was tasked with overseeing the operations of the 143 acre campus on a daily and long-term basis.  With the college expected to continue to grow, a major focus for him was to increase efficiencies, with an eye on the next five, 10, or 15 years.  The facility management team would play a crucial part in meeting the demands of increased enrollment, new programs, and new facilities.

As part of his solution, Messer headed up the creation of an “Energy Systems Master Plan” to identify areas in need and map out strategies to address these issues.  Implemented in 2000, the ongoing plan focused on two critical needs:  the cost of expected campus expansion as well as the additional cost of electricity; and the need for OCCC to provide state-of-the-art facilities and programs to students and faculty.

Since the inception of the master plan, OCCC has decreased its power consumption nearly 26% per square foot since 2000.  And while the cost of electricity has increased by 40% in the last decade, OCCC has realized only a 6% increase”.

Click here to read more about J.B. Messer and the 2013 Facility Executive of the Year Award.