Atlanta, GA – October 27, 2010 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting two educational seminars at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition being held October 31 – November 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to the presentations, representatives from zumBrunnen will also be in booth 1504 in the exposition area.

Two senior project managers from zumBrunnen will present a session titled “Strategies to Prevent Construction Project Pitfalls” on November 2 from 8:00 am – 9:30 am under the Design & Project Development track.  The session will be presented by Doug McMillan, P.E., LEED AP, Director of Project Management and William R. Pippine, P.E., LEED Green Associate, Senior Project Manager. The session focuses on how to select the right development team, conduct pre-construction planning and generate accurate budgets to prevent costly mistakes once construction begins. The session will discuss how to maximize oversight of the development and construction process while spending a minimum amount of time on day-to-day project issues. Attendees will also gain a new perspective on negotiating favorable contracts that avoid contractual language traps and fairly balance risk for all parties

zumBrunnen will also be co-presenting a session titled “Strategic Capital Planning to Ensure Your Mission and Thrive” on November 3 from 8:00 am – 9:30 am under the Financial Management track. John zumBrunnen, Founder and President of the firm, will make the joint presentation with Mario McKenzie, Partner of LarsonAllen LLP. The session will illustrate how the increasing capital needs and requirements of physical plants necessitate a more thoughtful approach to short-term and long-term financial planning. The session will highlight the process of facility assessment and long-term capital replacement planning in light of market defend-ability, physical aging of assets and the demand for new facilities and services. Attendees will also learn about various methodologies and proprietary techniques used for financial planning and facility assessment and how to integrate them into their strategic capital plan.

About AAHSA:

The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) is an association of 5,700 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. AAHSA advances policies, promotes practices and conducts research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age. AAHSA’s members offer a continuum of aging services including:  adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities and nursing homes. For more information, please visit www.aahsa.org.

About zumBrunnen:

zumBrunnen, Inc. was founded in 1989. The Atlanta-based firm specializes in construction consulting, facility assessments, property condition assessments and long-range capital reserve planning services for a diverse list of national clients. The firm is also recognized for their proprietary FacilityForecast® Software System, a unique facilities condition assessment and budgeting tool designed to forecast and manage long-term capital replacement expenses and to provide custom reserve funding plans designed to their client’s business model.

The firm has completed notable projects in a variety of market sectors including senior living, healthcare, multi-family, educational, institutional, mixed use, retail, office, warehouse, industrial, hospitality and public assembly. In addition to membership in AAHSA and numerous state chapters, the firm is involved in other  associations such as the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS), Life Services Network (LSN), National Multi Housing Council (NMHC), Association of Professional Reserve Analysts (APRA), Community Associations Institute (CAI), Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information about zumBrunnen, please visit www.zumbrunnen.com.

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