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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: Patty Nicholas, Valencia College
Phone: 407-582-1701

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

Best Practice Chair: Allen Bottorff, Valencia College

Phone: 407-582-1701



Calendar of Events/Member Participation


JOIN US for the Spring Collaboration Conference: Connect, Collaborate...Take Action! on April 1 in Gainesville, FL.  An easy drive for most of North and Central Florida colleges.  A focus on importance of the relationships between Campus Safety and Facilities commissions, plus the Assa Abloy Mobile Showroom will be on site for tours with knowledgeable reps on hand to answer questions and provide demonstrations.  Tour the campus REAL lab, the only one of its kind in our state to learn more about solar renewable energy.

Best Practice Awards submission time!!!!  It is time to submit your best practice award ideas and projects for the Annual Conference.  Please open the attached link to complete.  We ask for you to email submissions to be sustainable in kind.  This is your best opportunity to show fellow colleagues and the great 28 what you do at your facilities to make them amazing stewards in the community!



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Educational Programs 

In February 2016, the Facilities Commission hosted a CPTED certification training at Santa Fe College for the entire Facilities staff.  Crime Prevention through Environmental Design is fast becoming a highly regarded method to promote safety and encourage positive behaviors on college campuses.  This event was provided through the Campus Police staff at Santa Fe College.  If you are interested in having a similar program come to your campus, please contact Jessica Vander Biezen at 352-395-5556 to coordinate.

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"

2015 Awards of Excellence in Facilities and programs


Innovation in Sustainability Award: Indian River State College

CAPA for Collaboration Award: Palm Beach State College

CAPA for Partnership Award: Miami-Dade College


Links of Interest

Links of Interest to Facilities Commission Members:




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