People Make Smart Buildings, Not Just the High-Tech Hype

Smart buildings have been and are continuing to catch the eye of many building owners, operators and investors. They’re waking-up to the reality that this is the way of the future and will ultimately reduce costs and improve efficiencies. For some, it’s a significant learning curve, and for others, it’s something they’ve been keeping an eye on for some time.

However, in conversations, presentations and meetings we’ve had with owners, operators, solution providers, and the best of the best integrators who are looking to enter this space and embark on the creation of a smart building or retrofitting a building, we all agree that there is one inherent investment and strategic planning component that seems to be missing.

While we can design and build smart buildings all day long and install the most sophisticated technology, the building will only be as smart as the operator running it. Let me reiterate this point: your building is only as smart as the person running it.

We cannot overlook the fact that enhancing the skill levels of the “people” designing, building, and operating your next smart building is a critical factor in reaping the benefits of the smart building. It’s imperative that companies and organizations not miss this and take the time to invest in the human capital side of the house. We can’t expect someone who’s been working from a pen and clipboard for years to immediately “jump” to get behind this new technology or feel comfortable with it, for that matter.

Over the last five years, we’ve witnessed significant challenges in the marketplace that impact a connected real estate solution and smart building investment plan. We’ve been working to tackle this issue and build relationships to break down the barriers surrounding the misunderstandings of new technology, while presenting the opportunities for those operating the buildings.

We’ve identified some specific in-roads with each of the critical stakeholders, not just the program offices (Facilities Managers, Real Estate Executives, Energy Managers) and the Chief Information Officers, or the Chief Financial Officers. We’ve seen a critical need to drive a collaborative long-range model with the unions and other organizations and are working to educate and train the individuals who will be accountable and using these new technologies.

While a smart building is sexy and will deliver on its promises, don’t be naïve to the commitment and investment it will take to ensure your people are well equipped to run your building…. after all, it’s going to be around for a while.

CoreNet Global North American Summit October 26-29, In Washington DC

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Come join us at CoreNet Global North American Summit here in Washington DC, from October 26-29th. Where TBP President and CEO, Lawrence Melton will be joining two panels of real estate industry experts to present some of the most innovative concepts in the market today.

Ignite!

28 October 2014 | 2:15PM – 3:15PM

“Enlighten us, but make it quick!” is the motto of Ignite. Hear from industry experts as they share their thoughts and passions on concepts that may have a dramatic impact on corporate real estate as we know it -all within five minutes! Each speaker’s presentation will last just five minutes and uses the format of 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds.

From the big picture to the granular join us on a journey that changes the conversation from cost to value as we take on and discuss:

  • Innovation and Productivity -End-Users claim to Want it and service provides claim to deliver it….”
  • Introverts and extroverts – heads-down or heads-up. How do we resolve this dilemma in the workplace?
  • Smart buildings & Big Data- how do we use them to transform corporate real estate performance? ROI measures

Moderator:

  • Gavin Bloch, MCR.h, SLCR, National Director Workplace Strategies, Jacobs

Speakers:

    • Rachel Blankenship, Real Estate Services Leader, E&Y
    • Ned Cramer, Editor-In-Chief, Architect Magazine
    • Charles Hardy, AIA, BArch, Chief Workplace Officer & Director, General Services Administration
    • Jan Johnson, FIIDA, VP, Design and Workplace Resources, Allsteel
    • Larry Melton, CEO & President, The Building People, LLC
    • Kay Sargent, CID, ASID, LEED AP, IIDA, Director of Workplace Strategies, Lend Lease

27 October 2014 | 3:30PM – 4:30PM

GSA Develops Smart Occupancy + Smart Building

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General Services Administration (GSA) has combined two innovative programs into Smart Occupancy + Smart Building. The results are incredible space and energy savings, personal ROI and engagement for employees, and proactive analytics to steer a brighter, more sustainable course. And this was accomplished in the face of tighter budgets and increasing regulations, legislation and executive mandates. Explore the important elements, learn the benefits, and join the conversation on the technology and cultural changes transforming today’s workplace.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the steps you need to implement the same successful results as GSA.
  • Be able to define the typical challenges faced during a Smart Occupancy + Smart Buildings strategy, and how to solve them.
  • Quantify the value of implementing a combo of Smart Occupancy + Smart Buildings within your organization.

Speakers:

  • Lawrence Melton
  • Frank Santella
  • John Vivadelli

iCONICS: The Blueprint for Energy Smart Cities

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Come join Lawrence Melton, CEO at The Building People, as he joins Darrell Smith, Microsoft’s Director of Worldwide Energy and Building Technology, and Russ Agrusa, President and CEO at ICONICS as they speak on the future of energy smart cities and the role of the real estate community to adapt and innovate within these new paradigms.

“In a time of limited budgets and a growing need to become more sustainable, companies and facilities require a solution that reduces operational costs, raises energy sustainability awareness, and drives conservation behavior. Leaders are reducing energy consumption and emissions with proven technology today. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how Microsoft is realizing sustainability and energy reduction goals across 100+ buildings at its corporate campus, and how those same energy management best practices apply to government and education stakeholders.”

Thursday @ Realcomm 2014, NextGen Buildings at Scale: Do We Have Enough Skilled Professionals to Execute?

For those here in Las Vegas for Realcomm 2014, come join us Thursday at 3PM for an in-depth discussion of “NextGen Buildings at Scale:  Do We Have Enough Skilled Professionals to Execute?” Details below…we will see you there.
Track: HEADWINDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Session Name: NextGen Buildings at Scale – Do We Have Enough SKILLED PROFESSIONALS to Execute?
Location: LVH Ballroom F
Date: 6/19/2014
Time: 3:00PM
Description: There has been much talk about jumping the chasm as it relates to smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent buildings. New, high profile case studies have emerged that suggest we could be moving from early adopter to early majority. The big questions that arise now are: Do we have the skill set on the supply side to implement and support smart buildings at scale? Where will the new expertise come from? This session will also explore whether it will be traditional controls integrators, major suppliers, IT companies, managed service providers or others who will take responsibility for large, multiple asset, multiple application deployments.
Questions:
  • Do we have enough skilled professionals to implement this next generation of smart buildings?
  • Where will this next generation of smart building engineers come from?
  • What skills does this new job description require; BAS, IT, Facilities, Energy or others?

Moderator:

Lawrence Melton

Lawrence Melton
Principal
The Building People, LLC
P: 703-669-2222
lawrence.melton@thebuildingpeople.com

http://www.thebuildingpeople.com

SPEAKER(S):
Craig Engelbrecht

Craig Engelbrecht
Director of Smart Services & Technology
Siemens
P: 847.941.6030
craig.engelbrecht@siemens.com

http://www.siemens.com

Chip Pieper

Chip Pieper
Corporate Development
Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI)
P: 262-364-5087
chip.pieper@thinkesi.com

http://www.thinkesi.com

Frank Rotello

Frank Rotello
President
InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance
P: 8155203983
frankr@alphaacs.com
http://www.alphaacs.com

Charlotte Wagner

Charlotte Wagner
Southwest Regional Director, Energy Services
EnerNOC, Inc.
P: 949-930-1590
cwagner@enernoc.com

http://www.enernoc.com

Wednesday @ Realcomm 2014, A Comprehensive STRATEGY: Operations + Energy + Sustainability + Experience = Profitability

For those of you here in Las Vegas at Realcomm 2014, you will want to join us tomorrow at 11:30AM in LVH Ballroom F as we cover how to implement a winning strategy for profitability that will take you beyond mere energy efficiency and toward full operational efficiency. See details below:

Track: STRATEGY DEFINED
Session Name: A Comprehensive STRATEGY: Operations + Energy + Sustainability + Experience = Profitability
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Location: LVH Ballroom F
Date: 6/18/2014
Time: 11:30AM
Description: What are smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent buildings? Why should we embark on this journey of energy conservation, operational efficiency, sustainability, enhanced occupant experience, financial optimization…or all of the above? So often, organizations only focus on one aspect leaving many other benefits on the table or designing stand-alone systems and strategies that may never work in concert. This informative session will address the question of “what problem am I trying to solve” followed by a pragmatic overview of a well thought-out and holistic building, portfolio, campus transformation strategy
Questions:
  • Define a smart building.
  • Why do so many organizations focus on energy and leave out the benefits associated with operations and occupant experience?
  • What will it take to get our industry to agree on one, comprehensive definition of a smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent, sustainable, enjoyable, interactive, safe and productive building?
MODERATOR(S):
Tom ShircliffTom Shircliff
Co-Founder
Intelligent Buildings
P: 704-759-2700
tom@intelligentbuildings.comhttp://www.intelligentbuildings.com
SPEAKER(S):
Bob DixonBob Dixon
VP of Industry Affairs, Business Performance & Sustainability
Siemens Industry Inc
P: 847-941-5070
bobdixon@siemens.comhttp://usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies
Rick HuijbregtsRick Huijbregts
VP, Industry Transformation General Manager, IoE | Smart + Connected Communities
Cisco Systems Inc.
P: 416-306-7368
rhuijbre@cisco.comhttp://www.cisco.com/
Lawrence MeltonLawrence Melton
Principal
The Building People, LLC
P: 703-669-2222
lawrence.melton@thebuildingpeople.comhttp://www.thebuildingpeople.com
Paul OswaldPaul Oswald
President
Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI)
P: 262-832-1313
paul.oswald@thinkesi.comhttp://www.thinkesi.com
Niraj PatelNiraj Patel
Chief Strategy Officer
Selex ES, A Finmeccanica Company
P: (215) 820-4710
niraj.patel@elsag.comhttp://www.seles-es.com

RICS Names TBP CEO Lawrence Melton as Institution Fellow

 

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Washington D.C — June 3, 2014

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world’s leading professional organization for real estate and construction, has invited Lawrence Melton to join the Institution as a Fellow, the highest level of membership. The RICS ‘Fellow’ status, or FRICS, is earned by those who have played a key role in shaping and contributing to the profession, and is a mark of international distinction. In a world where more and more people, governments, banks and commercial organizations demand greater certainty of professional standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognized mark of property professionalism. Over 100,000 property professionals worldwide and 3,000 in North America have already recognized the importance of securing RICS status by becoming members. Members are recognized by the designation after their name — FRICS for Fellow of RICS or MRICS for Member of RICS.

RICS is an independent professional body originally established in 1868. Since then, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity –‐ providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society. RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector.

RICS has offices in over 30 markets around the world and oversees its Americas work from New York, Washington D.C, Toronto, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo.

 

GovLoop Covers the Management of Change Conference (MOC)

Go check out Christopher Dorobek’s GovLoop article on the Management of Change Conference hosted by ACT-IAC that we participated in this month…

The workplace is changing. Many organizations are essentially downsizing their real estate footprint because it isn’t needed — many people aren’t in the office regularly… but those organizations also can’t afford it if they want to remain competitive in a very competitive environment.

Those changes are starting to be seen in the government as well. For some, it is telework — the Patent and Trademark Office has made telework an essential part of how it does business… and GSA’s headquarters renovation features a very new way of working — few set offices and a more open environment.

At the recent Management of Change conference, sponsored by the American Council on Technology and the Industry Advisory Council, I moderated a series of discussion looking at what they billed as the “open, flexible government.” A moment of honesty: When the team first asked me to participate, I was suspicious. The topic seemed outside the “normal” realm, both for the conference and for me. That being said, as I did my own research on the topic, I was increasingly interested in this evolving workplace world. And, with all of those caveats, the discussion was enormously illuminative.

Below are the takeaways as presented at MOC itself… (read the entire article here)

 

Join us at the World Bank for RICS Public Private Partnerships Event June 10th

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Come join The Building People CEO Larry Melton, as he moderates the launch of RICS Public Private Partnerships research June 10-11th at the World Bank. Details below.

P3 Research Launch Event, Tuesday, June 10th, 6-8pm at The World Bank, hosted by the FRPA and RICS

In 2013, RICS* commissioned a team of international researchers from the University of Ulster to deliver global research on best practice public private partnerships in the US, Canada, UK, India and Australia. The research presents a timely update of the role of Public Private Partnerships (P3) to deliver against the global infrastructure investment challenge. The research takes a deeper dive into the key issues of infrastructure investment products and providing measureable value for money. This global research is being launched in the Americas at a World Bank evening event on June 10th.

Event schedule:

6-6:30pm: Drinks and networking

6:30-6:40pm: Welcome from FRPA and RICS

6:40-6:50pm: Research overview presentation from Alistair Adair, University of Ulster Pro Vice Chancellor

6:50-7:30pm: Presentations in response from the 4 panelists

7:30-7:45pm: Panel Q+A

7:45-8:00pm: Networking and close

Speakers:

1.     Introduction and welcome from RICS and FRPA Chairs

2.     Presentation from author Alistair Adair, University of Ulster Pro Vice Chancellor

3.     Panel discussion:

Moderator: Lawrence Melton, FRICS, Founder, The Building People

Panelists:

o    Chris Guthkelch, FRICS, Project Director, Skanska USA

o   Bryan Kendro, Director of the Office of Policy & Public Private Partnerships, PennDOT

o   J. Douglas Koelemay, Director of the OTP3, Commonwealth of Virginia

o   Paul Hughes, FRICS, Senior Director, Cost Consulting & Project Management, Altus Group Limited

 

Ticket price:

$20 for RICS and FRPA members, $25 for non-members, $10 for students, free for World Bank employees

2014 ACT-IAC Management of Change Conference May 18-20th

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Come join The Building People at this year’s ACT-IAC Management of Change Conference: Redefining the 21st Century Government BrandMay 18th-20th at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, 100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge, MD (more details here.) The Building People CEO, Lawrence Melton, will be paneling the first session titled “Work, It’s What You Do – Not Where You Do It,” more details on the session below.

Session 1: Work, It’s What You Do – Not Where You Do It

We will look at “what is an open and flexible work environment” and discuss the elements needed to build and support it through technology investment, policy implementation and infrastructure changes.   What are these barriers to an open and flexible work environment and how are agencies leveraging these building blocks to establish a productive, mobile and collaborative workplace?  Experts will bring their experience and share real life scenarios around what’s worked and what hasn’t.    Join us in a discussion as we examine how to setup, establish and maintain an open work environment.

Learning Objective:

  • Technology:  Examine the application, hardware and advances in technology to enable an mobile yet connected workforce.  How are agencies using technology to promote secure work environment and support continuous operations.
  • Workplace Design: Discover how agencies are adopting open work space concept to promote productivity and collaboration.  What are important considerations when converting from tradition offices to an open/flexible work environment?
  • Program and Policy:  Examine the various programs or policies that organizations are adopting to promulgate and support open and flexible work environments.

Speakers:

  • Adam Arthur – Virtual Platform Initiative Lead, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Kim Hancher – Chief Information Officer, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Sonny Hashmi – Acting Chief Information Officer, General Services Administration
  • Larry Melton – Chief Executive Officer, President, The Building People
  • Mika Cross – Work/Life and Wellness Program Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 


Moderator:
Chris Dorbobek
– GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER

CORENET Global North American Summit OCtober 26-29, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 12.43.53 PMDon’t forget to register early for this year’s CORENET Global North American Summit at Washington DC National Harbor. Take a look at the tremendous lineup of speakers and networking opportunities.

CoreNet Global’s “One Summit a Year” Model in North America comes to Washington D.C, bringing MORE

More interactivity! More short format learning sessions! More Networking! More fun! And More tools for Changing the Conversation from Co$t to Value! More than 2500 Corporate Real Estate professionals are expected to gather for top notch peer-to-peer education, networking and the opportunity to meet with the service providers and community leaders who make their lives easier every day. Get solutions to your biggest problems, build relationships that will stick with you throughout your career and impart your own lessons-learned over three days of high-impact education and networking.

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