The Building People Welcomes New Operations Manager Jorie Fields

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The Building People is excited to announce the addition of Jorie Fields as our Corporate Administrative & Operations Manager.  Jorie brings over 20 years of experience in managing small businesses operations, including financial, accounting, administrative services, compliance and business development activities.  Her diversity in both large and small business organizations as an Account Executive and Office Manager provides us with a wealth of experience and contribution our team is excited to have.  During Jorie’s 15 years in the real estate industry, she had direct responsibility for the growth of a $2.5 billion dollar organization. Jorie demonstrates poise and confidence that will enable our team at The Building People to become a rising small business in the coming years.

Press Release: RICS global research project aims to cut cost of managing public sector assets

From RICS

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RICS global research project aims to cut cost of managing public sector assets

Public-private collaboration could potentially save millions

Washington, D.C. – With the public sector seeking help managing the cost of its considerable assets, RICS, an international organization focusing on the property sector, is initiating an effort to find ways to significantly cut these expenses.

The U.S. Army Reserve’s facilities chief, at RICS’ Summit of the Americas in May, called on the private sector to use its resources to help public organizations control asset management costs. In response, RICS pledged to bring the global profession together in a major research effort aimed at finding concrete ways for those who manage public sector assets to cut these costs, as well as demonstrate the strategic and financial value these public servants contribute to the agencies they serve.

The effort will start with a series of roundtables around the globe aimed at collecting best practices and other data, and culminate in a series of recommendations launched at next year’s Summit of the Americas in Washington, D.C. in April. The first roundtable convened in Mexico City December 4, 2015. More roundtables  will be held in the U.S., Canada and other countries starting early next year.

“Stewardship of resources remains a key focus of U.S. Army Reserve leaders as they seek to squeeze more from every dollar,” says James Balocki, the Army Reserve’s Chief of Infrastructure, who issued the call to action last spring. “The demand for Army Reserve forces has remained constant or increased, placing a premium on the need to maintain readiness, while our budgets have declined. This has forced us to seek new or innovative solutions to business practices that were routine just a few years ago.

“We manage nearly 42 million square feet of facilities around the world; they need to be well-operated and maintained to provide necessary capabilities for our formations,” Balocki continued. “This has become increasingly difficult. We believe the private sector is exceptionally well-postured to help us become even more cost-efficient and cost-effective, so we can maintain our readiness posture. We support and look forward to an effort to collect industry best practices associated with achieving meaningful cost savings in managing and operating public sector infrastructure.”

This RICS Roundtable Research Project will explore three core areas of asset management:

  • Asset Information
  • Asset Management Decision Making
  • Training and Education

The objective of this research is to explore each of these areas and begin to document practices that are moving the needle forward, in the U.S. and around the world.

Lawrence Melton, who is president and CEO of The Building People (in Leesburg, Va.) and former deputy commissioner for facilities management at the General Services Administration, is heading up the U.S. roundtable effort. “We are excited to partner with RICS and the government sector globally in an effort to promote the very best asset management principles our industry has to offer,” said Melton. “We strive to conduct research of this magnitude because it leverages the depth of knowledge and experience that resides in the public sector asset management community through collaboration that will literally impact millions of dollars in potential savings through good stewardship.”

Neil Shah, Americas managing director for RICS, said, “Our organization is proud to spearhead this effort by industry to help the public sector manage its considerable assets worldwide as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible while delivering excellent service to the publics it serves. The real estate and construction industry, across the public and private sectors, has the expertise and creativity to respond to this challenge. And RICS, as a public interest organization, has a duty to help save taxpayer dollars by harnessing the brightest and the best of the industry.”

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RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, property and construction. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve.

We accredit 118,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. Their expertise covers valuation and management across all asset classes; the costing and leadership of construction projects; the development of infrastructure; and the management of natural resources, such as mining, farms and land. From environmental assessments and building controls to negotiating land rights in an emerging economy; if our members are involved, the same professional standards and ethics apply.

With offices covering the major political and financial centers of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed professional standards. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering international standards that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, property and construction, for the benefit of all.

In the Americas we have staff in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Barbados.

The 4th RICS Summit of the Americas will be held in Washington, D.C., from April 3rd to 5th, 2016. The Summit is one of the premiere events centered around the built environment. Speakers and attendees will include prominent leaders in real estate, with particular focus on the Valuation, Construction, Asset Management and Business Valuation fields.

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Agile Knowledge Management at the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service

The Project Management Institute (PMI), the foremost leader in project management best practices, has released a knowledge management pilot study conducted by the General Services Administration (GSA), Public Building Service (PBS) in their Rocky Mountain Region, that leverages existing applications to harness their knowledge management capabilities towards a long term solution for this immense organization. You can read the study published by PMI here.

The General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Public Buildings Service (PBS) needed better knowledge management (KM) approaches for supporting their building maintenance, leasing, construction, and renovation projects delivered annually across the United States. A national KM team was formed and conducted an internal inventory of potential KM approaches. Google Sites/websites and Salesforce Chatter were available within PBS as potential KM tools, and were subsequently configured to support a KM pilot program with Region 8 property managers. After the successful pilot, additional KM initiatives using combinations of the Google Sites/Chatter format were developed as part of the current KM initiative, and as independent initiatives. This rapid piloting approach was later referred to by the team leadership as “Agile Knowledge Management,” given its emphasis on the customization of preexisting/prepaid software tools for quickly meeting the information needs of PBS professionals. Lessons learned and critical succes factors included the importance of sustained leadership support; the availability of cost effective tools that can be easily customized to serve users; dedicated staffing to coordinate regular system maintenance and updates; and direct team dialogue for sustaining agility in fluid or turbulent organizational environments.
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PRESS RELEASE: THE BUILDING PEOPLE, LLC AWARDED GSA 03FAC SCHEDULE

For Immediate Release

September, 22 2015

Leesburg, VA, September 22, 2015The Building People was recently awarded the GSA 03FAC Schedule, which means all federal customers can now purchase services directly from the schedule. The Building People’s CEO and founder, Lawrence Melton commented saying, “This is an exciting next step in the evolution of our business and will make it easier for us to continue to drive the Federal portfolio towards an innovative connected real estate model that will transform the industry.”at a glance

The Building People offer 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.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Charles Dilley at (703) 669 2222 Ext. 706 or email at charles.dilley@thebuildingpeople.com.

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Come Join The Building People for the Agile Workplace Conference Tomorrow, Sep15th, 2015 in Washington DC

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Come join The Building People for the 5th annual Agile Workplace Conference in September. At The Building People we are constantly advising our clients on how their People are the key to unlocking their facility’s potential in terms of sustainability and workplace satisfaction.  Whether you are in Workplace Strategy, Program Management, IT management, Operations & Facility Management, Human Resources or an Executive you will learn about innovative workplace strategies, tactics and best practices from a renowned group of workplace experts and practitioners. This will also be a key opportunity to network and hear what your peers are trying in their organizations. Come hear about the latest trends in workplace data and how to interpret and analyze it to benefit your organization. You’ll also get to see and interact with the latest technology and hardware that can maximize your program’s potential.

The 5th Annual Agile Workplace Conference is coming back to D.C. in September! The theme this year focuses on the importance of the People to any workplace program. While the technology and space that supports these programs are important, successful programs aren’t possible without the adoption of the people affected by such change. Providing freedom and flexibility for your workers and making it easy for them to work anywhere will only lead to happy and productive employees and a thriving flexible workplace. Attend AWC 2015 to find out how strategy, technology, and space all support today’s flexible workforce.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Human Element Part I: Training Staff, Occupants to Reach Sustainability Goals

Check out part 1 of our 3 part series at Building Operating Management Magazine exploring what is needed beyond technology to achieve high-performance buildings:

Congratulations, you’ve just achieved LEED certification for your high-performance green building which includes a new photovoltaic system, a green roof, and state-of-the-art advanced metering, all of which is supported by the latest computerized maintenance management system. Your new building also boasts a sophisticated new building automation system that has the smartest building infrastructure in the entire metropolitan area, bringing in millions of data points per day, and is supported by a futuristic network operations center. You can declare victory! Then the phone rings. It’s your CFO asking you to brief the executive team on the latest savings…(Gulp!) (Read more here)

  • Workplace Success Begins with People and Choice: Telling the Story Behind GSA Headquarters Transformation

Workplace Success Begins with People and Choice: Telling the Story Behind GSA Headquarters Transformation

Recently, Work Design Magazine invited The Building People to film the success story around the workplace transformation at GSA’s headquarters facility at 1800 F Street in Washington DC. The Building People’s Lawrence Melton and Linda Osgood gathered with Chuck Hardy (GSA), Janet Pogue (Gensler), John Vivadelli (Agilquest), and Torrance Houlihan (Agilquest) to share the results of the 1800 F transformation from an old government work space into a workplace of the future. This case study is designed to tell the story behind the project and those who came together to make it a total success. The 1800 F Street story is really about the government becoming a leader in workplace transformation by leveraging technological innovation and design to create a high performing space that delivers increased tenant satisfaction while achieving ambitious sustainability goals. The story will be released as a video in the coming months so check back soon to view.

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2015 Agile Workplace Conference in Washington DC on September 15th, where industry leaders will be sharing innovative workplace strategies, tactics, and best practices that will help drive your staff and facility performance into the future.

The Building People in this Month’s RICS MODUS Magazine Discuss Why the Federal Footprint is Down but Operating Costs are Up

“In 2014, the amount of space occupied by the us government went down, but running costs went up. Why?”

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Click the the image for the article or see the entire issue of RICS MODUS here.

Realcomm 2015 Kicks off today in San Antonio, TX!

Realcomm Pre-Conference was excellent yesterday evening as we jumped right into a Smart Buildings Bootcamp and cyber security discussion. Today the official conference kicks off and we look forward to seeing you as we participate in this year’s two day event. Here is a preview of what’s in store:

Also, come and join us as The Building People CEO, Lawrence Melton will be hosting a session later this afternoon titled “Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm for FM,” details below:

Track: SMART BUILDING STRATEGY
Session Name: Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm for FM
Type: Panel
Location: MARRIOTT RIVERCENTER Salon L
Date: 6/9/2015
Time: 4:15PM

Description: For anyone in the facilities management (FM) industry, it easy to remember that not too long ago, engineers with radios and clipboards were about the only option available. Fast-forward to today and we have machines talking to machines, fault detection diagnostics reaching into every wall, ceiling, closet and basement, and resulting analytics predicting the future and more. The end result of all this technology and automation is a radical shift from reactive to proactive operations. No longer do we wait for the call and respond, but today’s facilities team utilize sophisticated systems, know when the problems occur ahead of time and can prioritize the response accordingly. For anyone involved in FM, this session is a must-attend to get an update and see what lies ahead for facilities.

Questions:
What does it mean to shift from reactive to proactive operations?
Do most traditional facility managers or engineers understand the potential that automation can deliver on proactive operations and do they have the skills to implement the technology?
Where does an organization start to transform itself from reactive to proactive operations?
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Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm Shift for FM

Realcomm Austin, TX is just around the corner and we are extremely excited to continue our participation in this innovative conference on smart buildings and facilities management technologies that are changing the industry. We will be hosting a session with a fantastic panel of experts that you should not miss. We look forward to seeing you there, session details below:

Track: SMART BUILDING STRATEGY
Session Name: Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm for FM
Type: Panel
Location: MARRIOTT RIVERCENTER Salon L
Date: 6/9/2015
Time: 4:15PM

Description: For anyone in the facilities management (FM) industry, it easy to remember that not too long ago, engineers with radios and clipboards were about the only option available. Fast-forward to today and we have machines talking to machines, fault detection diagnostics reaching into every wall, ceiling, closet and basement, and resulting analytics predicting the future and more. The end result of all this technology and automation is a radical shift from reactive to proactive operations. No longer do we wait for the call and respond, but today’s facilities team utilize sophisticated systems, know when the problems occur ahead of time and can prioritize the response accordingly. For anyone involved in FM, this session is a must-attend to get an update and see what lies ahead for facilities.

Questions:
What does it mean to shift from reactive to proactive operations?
Do most traditional facility managers or engineers understand the potential that automation can deliver on proactive operations and do they have the skills to implement the technology?
Where does an organization start to transform itself from reactive to proactive operations?
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