Two SSOE Facilities Experts to Present at MAPPA/MiAPPA 2013 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, September 3, 2013 – SSOE Group (, a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that Jim Otte, NICET IV, Data / Fire / Security Specialist, and Sonny Hamizadeh, AIA, Senior Account Manager, both of SSOE, have been selected to present at the 2013 MAPPA/MiAPPA Educational Conference and Annual Meeting to be held October 27-31, 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Otte and Hamizadeh will present a session focused on advancements in education security and learning technologies and how they are improving educational facilities, reducing costs, and increasing the safety, security, and learning environment of students.

The presentation titled, “Advances in Technology for Security and Learning in Educational Facilities” will cover topics including mass notification requirements for first responders, how to protect your campus from hacking against access card cloning, and successfully protecting against threats. Attendees will gain knowledge on the potential impact of new first responder communication regulations as well as develop a deep understanding of which new technologies are being implemented most effectively into learning facilities.

Jim Otte, NICET IV, is a Data / Fire / Security Specialist at SSOE. With 25 years’ experience, he specializes in engineering and designing complex educational data, fire, security, sound, and technology systems. His expertise includes commissioning, threat analysis, and quality control.

Sonny Hamizadeh, AIA, is an experienced architect and senior account executive focused on developing innovative and cost-effective solutions for higher education clients. With 27 years’ experience, he has expertise in marketing and client relations, project designs and layouts, managing multiple design teams (architects, engineers, interior designers, and technical staff), constructability reviews, and construction administration.

The 2013 MAPPA (Midwest Region Leadership in Educational Facilities, formerly known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators) / MiAPPA (Michigan Chapter) Conference brings together management and decision makers from public and private universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, hospitals, and museums for an opportunity to learn, network, share, and discover best practices and innovative ideas for improving learning facilities.

Otte and Hamizadeh are scheduled to present on Tuesday, October 27that 10:45 am. For more information and to register for the conference, please visit:

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About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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