Join us for the inaugural maintenance workshop!

Maintenance teams are critical to a well-managed senior living community. This 6-hour workshop is designed for maintenance leaders at all levels and provides the latest information on streamlining daily operations, emergency management and evacuations, physical plant updates, small project management and technology.

Online Registration for this workshop is closed. Registration may be completed on site.


8:30 – 9 a.m.          Registration and Coffee
9 – 10 a.m.        Florida Building and Life Safety Code Changes
Presented by: Skip Gregory, NCARB, President, Health Facility Consulting, LLC
Attendees will learn about major changes to the Florida Building Code, 6th and 7th editions, the differences between the current 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines and the requirements for ALFs in the 2018 edition. This session will compare the 2015 (current) and 2018 (new) editions of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (LSC) to the 1994 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code to help you make an informed decision regarding which code you would like to utilize for your legacy or non-legacy facilities. Skip will share information that will assist in developing an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) that is required by the FGI Guidelines for renovations and maintenance project of large assisted living facilities.
Focus Issues:
  • Learn what the new codes will be requiring for Large ALFs.
  • Learn the differences in the design and construction requirements of an ALF in the FGI Guidelines between the 2014 and 2018 editions.
  • Compare differences between the 1994 LSC and the 2018 LSC for existing ALFs
  • Explore the basic requirements for the development of an ICRA.
10 – 10:15 a.m.         Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.        Emergency Management Expert Panel
Along with their existing Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans, Assisted Living Communities are adapting to their new Emergency Environmental Control Plans and the associated equipment requirements. With the Tag A0200 hitting the Top 10 Deficiencies in 2019 with hundreds of citations, it’s time for Physical Plant professionals to get a refresh on current expectations and guidance. Representatives from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and select industry experts will share requirements, ideas, and processes.
Focus Issues
  • Emergency Environmental Control Plans and Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans
  • Local Emergency Preparedness Updates
  • Generator Maintenance
  • Storing Fuel and Cleansing Fuel Storage Tanks
  • Evacuations
Panelists include: 
Jonathan Ball, Vice President, Ring Power Corporation
Curtis Evans, General Manager, Envirosafe; and Steve Holt, Director, Envirosafe
Eve Rainey, Executive Director at Florida Emergency Preparedness Association and an Emergency Management Office representative
Andrew Sussman, Hurricane Program Manager/Alert Florida Contract Manager, Florida Division of Emergency Management
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch Presentation – Leadership and Supervision: The Evolving Role of the Senior Living Maintenance Director
Presented by: Alvin Smith, Director of Maintenance, HarborChase Wildwood
With a background in hotel plant management, law enforcement, and assisted living community plant management, Mr. Smith, who is also a statewide and national trainer with his organization, will share over lunch what he has learned along the way about leading a team.
1:15 – 2 p.m.  Legionella Outbreaks, Mold, Mildew and Infectious Diseases
Environmental control serves an important role in resident and staff safety. Panelists will discuss how Maintenance Departments contribute to community wellness.
Focus Issues:
  • Legionella Outbreaks
  • Water and Drain Cleaning
  • Mold and Mildew
  • Finding New Ways to Protect Residents from Infections
Panelists include:
Dean W. Bodager, Florida Department of Health
Jennifer Schmidt, Nalco Water an Ecolab Company
2 – 2:45 p.m. Run, Hide, Fight — Active Shooter and Safety Precautions
Presented by: Zach Hudson, Active Threat and Critical Incident Trainer, Patient Resource Network
Assisted living communities are vulnerable environments with staff focused on physically or mentally compromised residents and physical plant staff may find themselves in a position of authority during active shooter event. Attendees will learn how to recognize signs of potential violence and how to respond to an active shooting event in an assisted living community.
2:45 – 3 p.m. Break
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. AHCA Regulations and the Top 10 Deficiencies
Presented by: Serita Evans, ALF Team Manager, Agency for Health Care Administration
In this fast-paced overview, Ms. Evans will run through the most frequently cited survey deficiencies in 2019, including A0200.
3:30 – 4 p.m. How to Negotiate the Bidding and Request for Proposals Process
Assisted Living Communities invest significant resources to secure well-suited third parties to maintain physical plant integrity and to remain a serious contender in a competitive market. This session will focus on making the most of Requests for Proposals.
4 – 5 p.m. Maintenance, Safety, and Technology – Panel Discussions
Physical Plant professionals are Jacks of all Trades, learning about and intersecting with various systems that support the overall community. This panel discussion invites industry experts to tackle key operational areas. 
Focus Issues:
  • Communicating with Electric Utility Providers
  • Lowering Your Lighting Energy Footprint
  • Flooring and Roofing
  • Communications and Technology
  • Pest Control
  • Renovations