Facilities + Office Safety – Virtual (Jun 24)

This program is intended for Facilities Directors or the top manager responsible for facilities and office space reintegration plans and re-entry planning. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this forum will be a chance to collaborate and share information with other utilities on how they are approaching office workspace. Part of the agenda will focus on near-term issues of using physical spaces for the workforce such as work-place planning and management tools, restructuring public space, reducing, or protecting personal workspace, as well as challenges related to testing, HVAC, PPE and janitorial/food services. As we look ahead there will also be conversation around long-term strategy and planning for how utilities will balance remote work, human resources, technology, and office/facilities space needs in the next normal.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Cindy Laurila, Corporate Real Estate Manager, Portland General Electric;Jon Beauregard, Facilities Manager, Salt River Project

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time.Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
      • Directors and top-level managers responsible for facilities and office re-integration plans.
      • Directors of Safety or Emergency Management
      • Facilities Directors
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $99 USD

    Registration includes virtual access to all agenda items and digital program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Cindy Laurila, Corporate Real Estate Manager, Portland General Electric

Attendees will share current challenges, successes and opportunities, including recent company decisions and initiatives.

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM


10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Strategic Panning Post-Pandemic: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Jon Beauregard, Facilities Manager, Salt River Project

Looking ahead to post-pandemic times, this roundtable discussion will focus on assessing space needs, changes in portfolio sizes and balancing climate change goals with resiliency when upgrading sites.

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM


11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Hybrid Workspace Environments: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Walter Fuller, Facilities Manager, NW Natural
Speaker(s): Eric Bowles, Corporate Facilities Manager, Avista Corp.

Hear how utilities are solving for the new workspace, both in the office and at home. Attendees will share the direction that their company is taking. There will be ample time for discussion.

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Meet The Speakers

Walter Fuller

NW Natural

Facilities Manager

Jon Beauregard

Salt River Project

Facilities Manager

Cindy Laurila

Portland General Electric

Corporate Real Estate Manager

Eric Bowles

Avista Corp.

Corporate Facilities Manager