How to Operate and Maintain High Performance Laboratories and Critical Workspaces

Gary Londo, General Motors
Sid Blomberg, General Motors (K & S Ventures)
Matt Heinen, General Motors (3Flow)
Monica Witt, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Genna Waldvogel, Los Alamos National laboratory
Dan Amon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Laboratories and critical control environments are becoming increasingly more complex.  An I2SL survey of facility managers indicated that facilities often lack the tools, techniques and resources to effectively manage and maintain high performance systems.  This session will focus on the issues faced by facility managers and how different types of organizations have addressed the need to ensure safe, efficient and effective facilities.  A panel of facility experts representing industry, academic and government facilities will be available to discuss their issues and experience implementing programs for operation and maintenance of high performance labs and critical workspaces.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the design and operation of complex ventilation systems create difficult and unique management and maintenance requirements
  • Understand how a Lab Ventilation Management Program is required to manage modern high performance lab ventilation systems.
  • Realize the need for specialized training is required to prepare maintenance and operations staff
  • Learn how other facilities have addressed these needs.


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Monica Witt is the Sustainability Program Manager for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Department of Energy site. Under her leadership, the Laboratory has significantly reduced energy and water use across the 40 square mile campus by establishing a building automation system team, recommissioning 30 facilities, upgrading aging facility systems, and working with organizations across the site – from High Performance Computing to Fleet Management – in order to emphasize energy and water efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Recently, Monica has initiated a Smart Labs program at LANL, developed by the University of California, Irvine, to operate Laboratory spaces at the highest level of safety and energy performance.  Monica received her Master of Environmental Studies from Antioch University in Seattle. She also chairs the Sustainability and Environmental Subgroup within the Energy Facility Contractors Group, which is comprised of Management and Operating Contractors from across the Department of Energy complex.

Genna Waldvogel is a civil engineer and currently the Laboratory Ventilation Management Coordinator (LVMC) for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Smart Lab Program.  Within her role as the LVMC, Genna implements the Laboratory Ventilation Management Plan (LVMP) and creates a specific Building Management Plan at Smart Lab buildings, monitors HVAC performance and develops efficient management of change procedures. Genna has a BS in Environmental Science from University of Vermont and a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Amon has led a distinguished career in engineering and construction for more than 35 years. He has a wide range of experience in facility design and construction, including semiconductor facilities, pharmaceutical facilities, laboratories, and other high technology industries. He has two engineering degrees and has been a Registered Mechanical Engineer since 1988. Currently Mr. Amon manages master planning and facility management issues including; laboratory space and infrastructure systems, energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainability projects as the Senior Advisor for Energy for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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