The Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association for Facilities Engineering was established in 1960, just two years before the organization was officially launched. In those days, the association was called the American Institute of Plant Engineers. By either name, it has always been a forum to discuss the technical aspects of running a facility.
Over the years, the Silicon Valley Chapter 39 of AFE has attracted members of the Fortune 500 and leaders of Silicon Valley businesses. Members include facility managers, engineers and service providers in a wide range of industries. Today the chapter has almost 100 members under the direction and vision of an energetic board of directors, led by President Pat Hallett, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sabah International. (See the Board of Directors page for contact information.)
For over 55 years AFE39 has conducted an annual event called “Day with a Facility Professional.” This event brings together facilities professionals with 3rd & 4th year students majoring in engineering studies at several colleges & universities in northern CA in an effort to promote facilities engineering to the next generation.
Monthly meetings and tours are complimented by a schedule of educational “Lunch & Learn events focusing on interactive discussions of technical aspects of facility management. In 2012, the Chapter launched its first golf tournament which has continually grown in an effort to raise funds for scholarships for aspiring facilities professionals. AFE39 also works in cooperation with other active facility associations such as ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and IFMA (International Facility Management Association).
The Mission of the Chapter is: to strengthen and grow the Silicon Valley Facilities community by providing cutting-edge educational events, professional certification, training, and a network of industry professionals to promote and enhance the careers of our members.