What are the principles of best practice asset management? How can facility operators provide the level of service their tenants expect while maintaining profits that are dictated by fluctuating markets? Accepting that every facility has its unique operational hurdles, are there global principles that can drive facility operating costs down without compromising service to the client? The Building People is proud to announce that RICS has invited us, along with a host of leading public and private sector industry professionals, to participate in a global roundtable discussion to examine these critical issues facing all facility operations professionals and the taxpayers footing the bill for government portfolio operations.
RICS will be hosting their 2015 Summit of the America’s event at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles this year. As one of the most recognized organizations in property and construction, this is a must attend event for facilities professionals. TBP will be attending and participating in sessions throughout the week. You can find the list of speakers for the event here to include our own Lawrence Melton, CEO here at The Building People. More details to come soon. We hope to see you there!
RICS Summit of the Americas is the ultimate ‘must-attend’ event for professionals involved in property and construction. This important industry event will be held April 22 to 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, home of Hollywood, one of the largest global ports and distribution centers, and an international business hub, facing the key Asia Pacific markets.RICS Summit of the Americas offers the premier opportunity for professionals to connect with a significant network of industry leaders. This year the Summit will be more international, with more industry leaders and more social and networking time.
Come join us in Baltimore for NFMT Building Operations Management Conference 2015 (did we mention its free) where Lawrence Melton, CEO at TBP will be teaching a course on Sustainability in the Federal Government. This will be a great opportunity to network and learn about the latest opportunities in facilities operations from around the region.
This discussion will center on the challenges facing federal executives using technology to measure, track and manage the sustainability programs and goals. The industry has recognized that establishing a vision around real estate and technology requires the engagement of program leaders. Furthermore, this global vision requires a strategic approach to aligning program strategies with technology roadmaps and architecture.
1. Discuss how to leverage the use of technology to drive sustainable practices
2. Review how to measure, track, monitor, and manage against sustainability goals
3. Assess the long term strategy for ensuring the maximum benefit from repair and alterations investments
4. Understand how technology solutions can be used to support a real estate program and long-term strategies
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.
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.
“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
- Gavin Bloch, MCR.h, SLCR, National Director Workplace Strategies, Jacobs
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Lawrence Melton
- Frank Santella
- John Vivadelli
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?
|Track:||HEADWINDS AND OPPORTUNITIES|
|Session Name:||NextGen Buildings at Scale – Do We Have Enough SKILLED PROFESSIONALS to Execute?|
|Location:||LVH Ballroom F|
|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.|
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:
|Session Name:||A Comprehensive STRATEGY: Operations + Energy + Sustainability + Experience = Profitability|
|Location:||LVH Ballroom F|
|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|
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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.
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)