Education for the mission critical community


The only national event dedicated to designing, operating and staffing mission critical buildings for optimal efficiency and reliability. Discover leading trends and best practices in the design, construction, engineering and management of data centers, hospitals, universities, labs, pharmaceuticals, financials, telecoms and all mission critical facilities.



Who Should Attend

The 5th annual Critical Facilities Summit brings the best of the mission critical community together for 2½ days of unbeatable networking, education and product discovery. The Summit is designed for senior- level professionals responsible for the design, construction, management and operations of all mission critical facilities.

  • Data Centers
  • Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Financials
  • Telecoms
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Utilities

Typical Job Titles
  • VP Data Center Operations
  • Facility Manager
  • Director of Data Center Facilities
  • Enterprise Facilities Manager
  • Critical Environments Manager
  • Director of Engineering
  • IT Manager
  • Property/Asset Manager
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Data Center Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Architect
  • Construction Contractor
  • Consultant
  • Energy Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Security Manager



Monday, October 23

1:00 — 2:30 PM


2:45 — 4:00 PM

Welcome Session

4:00 — 6:00 PM

Expo Hall Open / Networking Reception in Expo

Tuesday, October 24

7:30 — 8:30 AM

Continental breakfast*

8:30 — 11:00 AM

Conference Sessions

11:00 AM — 2:00 PM

Expo Hall Open

11:00 AM

Networking Lunch in Expo Hall

2:15 — 4:30 PM

Conference Sessions

2:30 — 4:00 PM

Target Field Tour

3:30 — 5:00 PM

Hennepin County Medical Center Tour

Wednesday, October 25

7:30 — 8:30 AM

Continental breakfast*

8:30 — 11:00 AM

Conference Sessions

11:00 AM — 2:00 PM

Expo Hall Open

11:00 AM

Networking Lunch in Expo Hall

2:15 — 4:30 PM

Conference Sessions

Schedule subject to change

*Breakfast is open only to attendees, exhibitors and speakers with a full conference badge.


Critical Facilities Summit 2017 takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center, located in the vibrant downtown and near some of the city's top restaurants and attractions.

Convention Center  Hyatt

Registration Options

Conference Pass

Includes full access to all educational sessions, tours, networking party, workshops, expo hall and show floor features. Note: Price for qualified buyers/end users. Non-buyers Conference Pass is $1,299

Expo-Only Ticket

Non-buyers Expo Only Ticket is $999. Expo-only pass includes access to the expo hall and all show floor features.


St. Cloud Hospital


St. Cloud Hospital

Monday, October 23
8:00 AM–3:30 PM

St. Cloud Hospital has been named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health Analytics more than any other hospital in Minnesota. With a history that reaches back over 130 years, the regional medical center has evolved to meet the needs of the more than two dozen counties that it serves, and its facilities have kept pace: As recently as 2012 a 360,000 square-foot, $223 million project ushered in new approaches to air handling, innovative CAD-BIM applications, and chiller/cooling tower relocation and installations. Learn More

Target Field


Target Field

Tuesday, October 24
2:30–4:00 PM

Join us for a tour of Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins! Did you know Target Field is one of five baseball stadiums in the U.S. to be awarded with a LEED certification? This tour will cover the environmental and sustainability features of the stadium, which are important elements of its design and operation. You'll also go behind the scenes to see mechanical rooms and other areas of the stadium guests normally don't get to visit. Learn More


Hennepin County Medical Center


Hennepin County Medical Center

Tuesday, October 24
3:30–5:00 PM

In the coming months, Hennepin County Medical Center's Clinic and Specialty Center will open its doors, marking the first new building on HCMC's expanded campus in nearly 50 years. Critical Facilities Summit attendees have the unique opportunity to tour the facility as it nears completion and gain insights into the LEED Sliver certification process, and the "experience-based design" concepts that were applied in bringing technology and infrastructure together in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Learn More


DCEP Training


NEW at CFS! Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) training and certification exam. DCEP Training Class is scheduled for Monday, October 23. Upon successful completion, candidates may officially register and become certified as a Data Center Energy Practitioner.

Program Description

Data centers are energy-intensive and opportunities exist to reduce energy use, but significant knowledge, training, and skills are required to perform accurate data center energy assessments. In order to accelerate energy savings, the data center industry and DOE partnered to develop the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program. The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers.

DCEP Candidates will:

  • Receive training on conducting data center assessments
  • Learn the use of the Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) and select Assessment Tools
  • Become qualified to identify and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in data centers
  • Identify energy opportunities in electrical systems, air management, HVAC, and IT equipment
  • Meet academic/work experience requirements (pre-qualifications)
  • Be required to pass a written exam to become certified DCEP Generalist (given at the conference)

Learn More

Exclusive Offer! Take advantage/sign up for the DCEP Generalist training at the Critical Facilities Summit and receive specially priced conference admission and free entry to the Expo Hall.

Register Now


Convince Your Boss

As you know, sometimes getting the requested funding to attend an educational conference takes a while. Often times your boss may need a little convincing. To help you with this process, feel free to use the Critical Facilities Summit Proposal Letter.

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Press Registration

We invite qualified members of the press to attend Critical Facilities Summit and write articles about this event.

Qualified members of the press who wish to attend CFS on behalf of their publication may register for press credentials. Registered press will receive a complimentary full event pass, which includes free admission to the expo hall, to all educational sessions, opening general session, networking party, and workshops.

All press registrations will be reviewed. You will be notified shortly after registering whether your press credentials are approved. Please contact Bernice Alcantar for your press registration.

Non-editorial media representatives should register online through the standard registration process.


Contact Us

Registration and Housing


Exhibit Sales & Sponsorship

Laurie Vega
414-228-7701 Ext. 482

Jodi Denton
414-228-7701 Ext. 449

Lucy Kaufmann
414-228-7701 Ext 477

Debbie Hanamann
414-228-7701 Ext 305

Director of Live Events