We are excited to introduce Margaret Bergamini as a new Managing Director with The Building People. With over 30 years in design, construction and facility management, she has s wide range of both public and private sector experience, working for the Unites States Army Corps of Engineers, the General Services Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as general contractors, specialty subcontractors and owner’s representative consultants. A known team builder and problem solver, with excellent technical and leadership skills, Margaret is particularly proud of highly visible and sensitive projects completed at the White House complex, as well as her role in a $100M+/year program to design, construct and furnish secure FBI facilities across the country and worldwide. Ms. Bergamini has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, with a geotechnical subspecialty of Civil Engineering. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia (PE), a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
The Building People is excited to announce the addition of David Cottingham as a Real Estate Portfolio Analyst. David is a graduate of Indiana State University, where he received a BS in Human Resource Development and is currently a candidate for a Masters in Real Estate at Georgetown University with a focus in real estate finance.
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, David launched his career in real estate as an Escrow Specialist in Northern Virginia and was quickly promoted to Senior Escrow Specialist. In 2007, he built on his real estate experience by learning appraisals and was promoted to Real Estate Appraiser of a large metropolitan jurisdiction where he earned his Certified General Appraiser license in 2015. As an appraiser David specialized in complex residential properties and commercial real estate, working on property types like power plants, sewer and water treatment plants, natural gas pipelines, communication towers, offices, shopping centers and malls located.
The Building People joins dozens of leaders in real property asset management from around the world this week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the World Wide Workplace Web (W4) to share our international study with RICS on Public Sector Asset Management. W4 is an international forum of public sector real property professionals interested in engaging in a unique learning environment for the next generation of executives in public sector organizations. In addition to offering great networking opportunities, the W4 annual conferences introduce participants to speakers from around the globe, many of them leaders in the diverse fields of real property. The forum focuses on problem solving, sharing research initiatives, and finding partners for collaborative ventures. Thank you to all the sponsors of this year’s conference, and special thanks to INDAABIN for hosting participants. (Follow W4 updates on twitter.)
Press Release: House Passes Federal Real Estate Management Reform Bills that Will Save Taxpayers Billions
Policies around space consolidation, cost savings, and operational efficiency have been pursued by agencies for the past several years, so it is excellent to see the legislature support and mandate these ongoing efforts. The Building People is excited to be a part of the solution to consolidate space through the development and implementation of strategies that produce real savings while maintaining a productive workforce.
The House of Representatives unanimously approved two bipartisan bills today to shrink the federal footprint, improve the federal government’s management of its real estate portfolio, and to streamline the disposal of excess or underutilized federal buildings to save taxpayers billions of dollars.
Come join The Building People as we team with IBM and Federal Executives in Real Property to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing their organizations over the coming years.
Reassessing Run-to-Failure Mentality Will Help Address Maintenance BacklogPart 2 of a 4-part Green Building Report.
By Charles Dilley May 2016
Given the run-to-failure mentality and cuts in the Federal Buildings Fund, it’s no surprise that the federal maintenance backlog is large. According to the Government Accountability Office, the top five property-holding agencies have a maintenance backlog of more than $36 billion. How can the increase in maintenance OPEX be addressed?
Read the entire article at Building Operating Management Magazine.
Despite Energy Efficiency Gains, Federal Operating Costs Have RisenPart 1 of a 4-part Green Building Report.
By Charles Dilley May 2016
For the past several years, government agencies have reduced the size of the federal real property footprint, implemented sustainability programs, and increased utilization of their space to be more efficient. Campaigns champion property disposal, energy reduction, fewer leases, and tenant transfers into owned space. Driven by the public sector’s commitment to sustainability, these efforts hold out the hope of reducing costs across the portfolio. Yet operating costs have outpaced the industry. Why? It’s a complicated question given the size of the portfolio, but it is one that must be analyzed if facility management professionals are going to offer strategic solutions.
Read the rest here.
For those at NFMT Austin, TX, come join our CEO Lawrence Melton and a panel of GSA executives at 10AM CST as they investigate the impact of IoT on the workplace.
GSA’s Total Workplace initiative was established to help agencies make the most of their office space, in part via adoption of mobile, collaborative technologies and policies, such as wireless local area networks, cloud computing, virtual private networks, teleworking, and desk sharing and hoteling. The goal: Reduce the amount of real estate agencies need and, in turn, cut their office expenses and carbon footprints. How has the Internet of Things impacted the initiative? Attend this session for best practice examples from two executive change agents within GSA on how this transformation has worked well — and the challenges that lie ahead.
1. Review GSA’s “IT Workplace of the Future” concept
2. Analyze a GSA High-Performance and Workplace case study
3. Discuss key findings from GSA leadership regarding future benefits and challenges to IT adoption and expansion
Start Time: 5/3/2016 10:00:00 AM CST
End Time: 5/3/2016 10:50:00 AM CST
Presented by:Lawrence A. Melton
CEO and President
The Building People
Room Number: 9A
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2016
THE BUILDING PEOPLE, LLC AWARDED SBA 8(a) SMALL BUSINESS CERTIFICATION
Leesburg, VA, March 21, 2016 – The Building People has been certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as an 8(a) Certified Small Business. The Building People’s CEO and founder, Lawrence Melton commented saying, “We’re very excited to have the certification and we recognize the opportunity this gives our firm. As we’ve expanded our Federal and commercial services over the last two years, we are proud of what we’ve provided our clients and are striving to make a larger impact this year in our drive toward moving our clients to greater efficiency, cost savings, and innovation.
The Building People offers the following services under the GSA 03FAC schedule:
- Building Commissioning Services (SIN 871-206)
- Metering Services (SIN 871-204)
- Energy Consulting Services (SIN 871-211)
- Smart Buildings Systems Integrator (SIN 003-01)
- Complete Facilities Management (811-003)
- Facilities Maintenance and Management Consulting (811-006)
(NAICS: 236210-Industrial Building Construction, 236220-Commercial and Institutional Building Construction, 531312-Nonresidential Property Managers, 531390-Other Activities Related to Real Estate, 541330- Engineering Services, 541350-Building Inspection Services, 541512- Computer System Design Services, 541513-Computer Facilities Management Services, 541620-Environmental Consulting Services, 541690-Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services, 561210-Facilities Support Services, 624229-Other Community Housing Services, 926110-Administration of General Economic Programs, 926130-Regulation and Administration of Communications, Electric, Gas, and Other Utilities)
The Building People is a corporate real estate and facilities management organization that prides itself on more than 20 years of executive leadership experience operating, maintaining, and providing service and space solutions for building owners and their customers. Their leadership team includes nationally recognized professionals in the real estate management, facilities, and technology sectors. Their mission is to maximize the workplace experience and reduce costs without sacrificing quality and reliability. They achieve this by empowering building owners and operators to propagate new norms and tenant behaviors toward organizational efficiency, energy sustainability, and savings opportunities.
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