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


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


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


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


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.


  • 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


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.

RICS Summit of the Americas 2014

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For those of you who could not join us at the RICS Summit of the Americas in Toronto, we are pleased to report it was a tremendous success. We had the opportunity to sit on a couple of very strong panels surrounded by some of the facility industry’s sharpest talent (see below). We will post clips from the event shortly…so stay tuned.


Raising the Bar – Pier 4

Building on the 2014 RICS global research on the Strategic Role of Facilities Management to Business (delivered by The Occupiers’ Journal), this session will test out best practices and case studies of how facilities management works with other business functions. Participants will hear from a lively cross-disciplinary panel on what it means for the FM function to be truly strategic, and how to elevate its organizational voice and influence.

Moderator: Scott McMillan, FRICS, Division Chief – Facilities, The International Monetary Fund

Panelists: Larry Melton, President, The Building People; Jim Reidy, Senior Managing Director, Studley; Peter Miscovich, Managing Director, Strategy & Innovation, JLL, Adam Stoltz, Regional Leader, Consulting, HOK

 Workplace Efficiencies – Pier 5

Thinking about how people work best while minimizing real estate overheads has accelerated significantly in the past few years. Technology, culture and diversifying work patterns are continuing to shape real estate requirements. The 2008 financial crisis, the US sequester and political directives have driven government and commercial occupiers to re-examine their asset optimization. Panelists will discuss models and practices adopted in key markets, both from the perspective of the strategic real estate asset adviser and the occupier.

Moderator: Jim Reidy, Senior Managing Director, Studley

Panelists: Joe Eichenseer, Building Solutions Division Manager, North America, RAND Worldwide; Larry Melton, President, The Building People; Maggie Allan, Director, Realty Division, Ministry of Infrastructure; Judy Rozal, Head of GFM -Canada/Global Facility Management Americas, SAP Canada

Join us for the IFMA Facility Fusion Event at D.C. National Harbor, April 15th-17th

Please come join Larry Melton and The Building People at National Harbor for The International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) Facility Fusion Event:

A fusion of high-level facility management education, leadership training, industry-specific best practices and an all-inclusive expo, IFMA Facility Fusion D.C. allows you to focus on both global FM challenges as well as issues unique to your specific facility type or business sector. Find out why you can’t afford to miss Facility Fusion!

Larry will be participating in a panel discussion titled “Loss Leader to Profit Center: Reducing FM Costs with Technology & Outsourcing,” details for this panel can be found here. See you there.


March 5th, Baltimore Convention Center: Sustainability in the Federal Government

Come join TBP CEO Larry Melton in Baltimore with hosts NFMT for a roundtable on “Sustainability in the Federal Government”

(Details from NFMT)


Steven Beattie, Director of Facilities Management and Sustainment Naval Facilities Engineering Headquarters
Trent Frazier, Director, Field Operations Facilities Program Management Office U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Frank Santella, Facilities Management & Services Programs, Assistant Commissioner GSA
Lawrence A. Melton, CEO and President The Building People

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. Learn about perspectives from a variety of real estate organizations, including GSA, Customs Border Protection, Navy.

Learning Objectives:

  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.

For mor information on the event and NFMT click here.


Larry Melton & John Vivadelli Discuss Productivity & Sustainable Space

Agencies and private organizations alike are striving for the ultimate workplace. One that has all the tools and technology to support a successful, productive workforce in less space, and that takes advantage of intelligent building systems to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Larry Melton, CEO of The Building People and former GSA PBS Assistant Commissioner, and AgilQuest CEO John Vivadelli explain how organizations such as the US General Services Administration are successfully meeting those challenges by implementing a new, unified solution called Smart Occupancy + Smart Buildings.

CEO Larry Melton to Participate in Panel at Raising the Bar – The Value of Strategic Facilities Management to Business





Come join us at this free event hosted by RICS, Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at the IMF. Details and free registration can be found at the RICS website.

Join us to hear from industry experts who will review the report findings and lead a discussion on the DC area marketplace and FM best practices.

In 2012 RICS published a research report – Raising the Bar: The value of strategic Facilities Management to Business. The research received favorable media coverage and was featured at events around the world.

In 2013 RICS examined a phase 2 of the original research, which tested some of the findings from the first report. In the Americas we ran a number of roundtables in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington DC and São Paulo. Other roundtables took place in every other world region, where RICS gathered industry leaders and their clients for discussion forums.

In 2014 RICS will launch the final Research Report in North America in Washington, DC.