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Facilities Commission

Promotes the interests and issues of community college's facilities planning and institutional services.




Facilities: What We Do


  • The Facilities Commission was founded in 2006.
  • Provides to its membership a collaborative environment for sharing ideas, experiences, and successes.
  • Promotes best practices and professional development within the multiple disciplines associated with the construction and management of our colleges' facilities


  1. What We Do
  2. Executive Board
  3. Bylaws
  4. Newsletter
  5. Announcements
  6. Awards and Recognition
  7. Best Practices
  8. Educational Programs
  9. Links of Interest 

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Executive Board


Chair: Jessica Vander Biezen, Santa Fe College
Phone: 352-395-5556

Chair-Elect : Raymond Coulter, Palm Beach State College
Phone: 561-868-4161

Secretary: M3cca Senterfitt, Santa Fe College
Phone: 352-395-5173

Treasurer: Cheryl Arpasi, Polk State College
Phone: 863-297-1086

Best Practice Chair: Allen Bottorff, Valencia College         Phone: 407-582-1701


Calendar and Announcements


CALL FOR PROPOSALS : Best Practice Award in SUSTAINABILITY.  It is that time of year...please get your submissions in for presenting at the annual conference.  The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015.  Send all inquiries to Allen Bottorff (Best Practice Chair) or to the Facilities Commission Chair.

First place takes $500 + registration for 4 members at Spring conference 2016, and second place $250 + registration for 2 members at Spring conference 2016.  This time the judges are YOU!  Members in attendance at the Business Meeting will watch the presentations and vote.  So recruit as many folks from your college as you can to attend.

Annual Conference 2015 is fast approaching.  Register, book your room, and plan to attend the conference on November 11-13 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. This commission was created with each of you in mind.  From Administration to trades, we all work together as a team for one common goal: to keep our Facilities running smooth and cultivate a better learning environment for students, faculty and staff.  Let's talk about what is going well, or what has failed and perhaps you need assistance and direction from others.  Let's network!  And have some fun!  Please try to join us this year. 

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Educational Programs


The Facilities Commission has been working closely with the Consortium to bring informational workshops to your campus.  If you would like for a workshop to be presented on your campus, please contact the Chair and we will get it set up for you.  It's free and can be such a benefit to your staff!




Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Facilities Commission hereby adopts these Bylaws:





Please send us success stories for the next edition.  Forward all inquiries to Chair.

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Awards and Recognition

Check back for more information and updates regarding the 2015 Sustainability Award.

2014 AFC Award of Distinction

"Innovative Use of Technology"

Best Practices


2014 Best Practice Nominations:


Best Practice Overall Award: Dr. Gary Sligh, Lake-Sumter State College, a 2-campus initiative: Recycling Program Begins.

Best Practice Award of Merit: Sean Donahue, Indian River State College, Thermal Energy Storage facility for the new STEM building. 


Links of Interest

Links of Interest to Facilities Commission Members:




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