Mitigating COVID Measures Panel Discussion


The Wisconsin Chapter Facilities and Grounds Committee hosted a virtual meeting panel discussion on the critical topic of Facilities Management: Mitigating COVID Measures. The discussion covered these key topics:

  • Introduction (Jim Elsbury, Moderator)
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting (Javier Ramos)
    • CDC guidelines
    • In-house vs outsourced services
    • UV light machines
    • Sanitation Stations
  • Mechanical Equipment (Reuben Van Tassel)
    • Bi-Polar Ionization
    • UV-C Systems
    • HEPA Filtration
  • Changing Business Practices and Personal Impacts (Matt Theisen)
    • Public sector staff working from home, which employees can and can not make this work?
    • Public access to your facilities, have you limited or restricted access?
    • Staffing levels due to COVID19 positive tests or quarantined employees, what are you doing to maintain service levels?
  • Other Related Topics

The December 2nd online panel discussion was moderated by Jim Elsbury, Chair of the Facilities and Grounds Committee. Together with Jim, the expert panel included:

Mitigating COVID Measures Panelists!

Jim Elsbury, St. Croix County, WI Facilities Director has 35 years combined of Public and Private Sector experience in Facilities Management. In 2017, Jim founded the Wisconsin Facilities Management Association (WIFMA), which merged with APWA in August. Like all of you, Jim has learned about COVID-19 and the multiple challenges it brought. This pandemic affects everyone - how we deal with it, and how it affects anyone who enters our buildings. We hope to open our “Facilities Doors” and share the good, the bad and the ugly with others.

Matt Theisen, Eau Claire County, WI Facilities Director has over 20 years’ experience in Facilities Management, with the last 12 being in the public sector. Matt is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and served on the board of Wisconsin Facilities Management Association (WIFMA) from its inception until the merger with APWA.

Javier Ramos has been working at Waukesha County for the last 15 years. The last 11 years he has worked as a Facilities Supervisor helping to manage over 2.25 million square feet of various government buildings. Prior to that he worked for a custodial management firm where he was instrumental in helping to win the TOBY Award. He is married with three children and enjoys spending time with family.

Reuben Van Tassel, Wood County, WI Facilities Manager has a background in construction and public service that led him to Wood County in 2014. Now serving as Facilities Manager, Reuben is committed to improving the facilities at Wood County through preventive maintenance and planning. Like many of his peers, Reuben finds there is always more to learn and has found great value in collaborating with other facilities professionals. In his free time, Reuben enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

A copy of the PowerPoint slides is accessible below. A recording of the panel discussion will also be available after processing. 

Mitigating COVID Measures Panel Discussion Slides.pdf Mitigating COVID Measures Panel Discussion Slides.pdf

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