Atlanta, GA – June 18, 2012 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting an educational workshop at The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and Campus Outreach Services (COS) Annual Risk Management Conference being held June 20-22, 2012 at the historic Hotel Dupont in Wilmington, DE. The conference will bring together boarding school leaders and senior administrators for an in-depth look at best practices on key risk management issues. The conference will help boarding schools identify, evaluate and manage risk by exploring proven policies and practices that are legally sound, fiscally prudent and logistically feasible. John zumBrunnen, Founder and President of zumBrunnen, Inc., will present an educational session focusing on the essential resources executives need in their tool bag to identify and mitigate risk associated with poorly-managed facilities. His session title is Bricks with Sustainable Mortar.
Executives will learn how to identify facility management teams that are not up to current standards utilizing a self-assessment tool. They will also learn about various methodologies and proprietary techniques used for facility assessment and how to integrate these concepts and tools into a replacement reserve plan. Attendees will discover how information gathered from the assessment process and budgeting phase can yield a truly dynamic report (not a one-time, static report that ends up as a dust cover in a year or two) that ultimately helps lower risk, reduce operating costs and lessen environmental impact.
The building consultants at zumBrunnen specialize in providing educational clients with comprehensive facility assessments and capital replacement reserve budget studies, trademarked as Campus Wide FacilityForecast® Studies, as well as a broad range of independent building consulting services. zumBrunnen helps schools analyze facilities and develop long-term (20+ year) strategic capital plans to ensure adequate funding from boards, supporters and foundations to achieve long-range objectives. zumBrunnen helps key administrators make critical decisions to either repair, renovate, reposition or replace a building, or possibly an entire campus. The firm also provides consulting services for new construction to ensure projects are completed on time, within budget and to the highest quality standards.
About John zumBrunnen:
John zumBrunnenis President and Founder of zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent construction and building consulting firm founded in 1989. zumBrunnen has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of North Dakota, completed the US Army Corps of Engineers Training Program in 1972, is a member of the Association of Professional Reserve Analysts (APRA) and numerous other national and state associations associated with the senior living and education fields. He has been a faculty member since 2003 for the University of North Texas, Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS), a national certification program for aging services professionals (CASP) and authored the “Asset Management” training module. zumBrunnen has 40+ years of experience in construction, property assessment, development and reserve budgeting. He is the developer of the FacilityForecast® software system and a respected author and speaker in the industry.
About The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS):
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) is the public voice for college-preparatory boarding schools and the central resource for boarding school education. TABS serves roughly 300 boarding schools across the United States, in Canada and abroad. Serving as a bridge between schools and students, TABS actively support the needs of boarding schools themselves, and provide information and insight to families about the benefits of a boarding school environment. To this end, TABS hosts an annual conference, a series of workshops for school administrators and staff, publishes an annual magazine/directory and hosts the following website: www.BoardingSchools.com.
About Campus Outreach Services (COS):
Campus Outreach Services (COS) was founded eighteen years ago by Katie Koestner who appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine and is the subject of an HBO Movie. COS is an educational partner to over 1,600 schools, colleges and organizations such as Harvard, MIT, Brown, St. Louis University, Georgetown, St. Paul’s School, Phillips Academy Andover, Groton School, The Lawrenceville School and New York City Parents In Action. COS provides curricula, risk management tools and webinars. Their e-Learning programs were created as an alternative to in-person training and programs. Presenters and audience members enjoy the convenience of joining COS webinars from the comfort of their home or office. For more information, please visit: www.CampusOutreachServices.com.
About zumBrunnen, Inc.:
zumBrunnen, Inc. was founded in 1989. With offices in Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC, the firm specializes in construction consulting, property condition assessments, facility condition assessments, long-range capital reserve study planning and thermal imaging 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, educational, multi-family, healthcare, institutional, mixed use, retail, office, warehouse, industrial, hospitality and public assembly. The firm is involved with numerous associations including LeadingAge (formerly the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging or AAHSA), LeadingAge North Carolina (formerly NCANPHA), LeadingAge Florida (formerly FAHSA), Aging Services of Georgia (formerly GAHSA), Life Services Network (LSN), Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS), Association of Professional Reserve Analysts (APRA), Community Associations Institute Georgia (CAI-GA), Community Associations Institute North Carolina (CAI-NC), Community Associations Institute South Carolina (CAI-SC) and the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI).