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Infrastructure Management: Current Practices and Future Trends – Now Available through RICS

In cooperation with RICS North America, The Building People are proud to share our recent published study Infrastructure Management: Current Practices and Future Trends now available through RICS.  From RICS:

RICS IM - CPFTStakeholders in North American infrastructure must take decisive actions to reform the policies and practices that helped to create its decline over the past quarter century. The infrastructure boom that followed World War II helped to ignite the economy for over a quarter of a century, but efforts to maintain and enhance these structures and systems have weakened. Public infrastructure investments have not kept pace with major advances in architecture, scientific engineering, communications, and urbanization.

Infrastructure Management: Current Practices and Future Trends is a call to action that delivers insights from industry leaders on the current environment, while offering guidance on how to influence and restore this central pillar of economic growth. Many infrastructure leaders embrace these challenges and are helping policy makers to recognize the path to restore, innovate, and deliver 21st century infrastructure across North America, but need more support from industry professionals. For this reason, RICS looks to support these efforts by advancing innovative ideas, best practices, and standards that strengthen the industry and help society advance.

Leadership is required to alter this trajectory towards renewal, resiliency, sustainability, and innovation. Innovators in asset management and operations must promote practices that maintain the asset lifecycle more efficiently and avoid the immense backlog of deferred maintenance that has accumulated among public owned assets.

More work is necessary to coordinate outreach with educational institutions to promote and develop the training and skills that are urgently needed to backfill retirees while taking the opportunity to introduce new skills that will help to advance innovative technology throughout the industry. Many are already acting, but to achieve these objectives the industry must engage in a coordinated strategy together.

RICS: US needs comprehensive infrastructure management strategy

chicago1The Building People are proud to announce the release of our joint research effort with RICS at this year’s Summit of the Americas in Chicago. This collaborative report titled Infrastructure Management: Current Practices and Future Trends, examines some of the most pressing issues facing private and public sector infrastructure professionals that work to develop and maintain these assets that support our economic and social well being.

RICS Press Release: US needs comprehensive infrastructure management strategy

As President Donald Trump plans to unveil his infrastructure proposal, perhaps as soon as next month, a new RICS research report sets out how policymakers and the private sector can work in tandem to address the long term infrastructure demands that ensure public works investments realize financial and social benefits.


The Building People Welcomes Trevor Morrison as Director of Energy and Sustainability

Trevor Headshot-v2The Building People Welcomes Trevor Morrison as Director of Energy and Sustainability. Trevor is a passionate expert in energy efficiency and sustainability with extensive experience working with building owners and managers to help them deliver efficient asset operations and financial returns on energy investments. He will lead The Building People’s full value chain in energy use and cost reduction from initial assessment through implementation and commissioning.

Prior to The Building People, Trevor spent over a decade building and managing portfolios for the sustainable construction and consulting firms Reinforced Daylight and Solar and Reinforced Energy. During this period he directed a consultant team and front-line mechanics to identify and implement energy conservation measures across a diverse portfolio of public and private sector clients. As a leader in energy program management, Trevor prioritizes financial returns on efficiency projects with a streamlined approach that identifies issues, incentives, life-cycle costs, and sustainability based on best practice and client goals. Recently, Trevor contributed this expertise in energy modeling an iterative design review for Harborplace in Baltimore, where he helped to deliver $6.5 million in energy savings. Additionally, he developed several sub-specialties in solar thermal design and installation, envelope retrofit, and day-lighting design and installation for clients like the Architect of the Capitol, the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia, the University of Maryland, Montgomery County School System, Nieman Marcus, and J.Crew.

Trevor holds a bachelor’s in communications from Boston University and an M.B.A from Georgetown University. Additionally, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Project Management Professional (PMP), and LEED AP O+M, and a member of the Association of Energy Engineers.



October 26, 2016


Leesburg, VA, October 26, 2016 The Building People has been awarded a five-year contract to support the U.S. Navy at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Housing Services Center.  The Building People’s CEO, Lawrence Melton commented saying, “We could not be more excited to introduce our facilities operations expertise in support of the Navy, and our team of experts are proud to support our armed forces.  This opportunity combines our diverse experience in asset management, facilities operations, and building management with our logistics management services.”

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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 Jorie Fields at (703) 669 2222 Ext. 709 or email at

202 Church Street SE #306, Leesburg, Virginia 20175 | Ph. 703.669.2222 |


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The Building People welcomes Margaret Bergamini as a new Managing Director

smallheadshotbwWe 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 welcomes David Cottingham as new Real Estate Portfolio Analyst

DAVID Cottingham picThe 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 Welcomes New Operations Manager Jorie Fields


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.