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.

January 29th 1PM EST, Agilquest Workplace Leaders Free Webinar Series Presented by Larry Melton of The Building People


Smart Occupancy + Smart Buildings: Productive People, Sustainable Space

The past year marked a groundbreaking movement for the US General Services Administration’s workplace and workforce.  Addressing the federal agency mandates to support a more mobile workforce and to reduce their carbon footprint, the GSA renovated their 1800F headquarters employing a new solution, Smart Occupancy + Smart Buildings.Larry Melton, CEO of The Building People, and former GSA PBS Assistant Commissioner, will join AgilQuest CEO John Vivadelli on Wednesday, January 29 for a live discussion on this Smart Occupancy + Smart Building solution and how it improves people productivity while driving a more sustainable and green infrastructure.Their presentation will explore:

  • The details of the Smart Occupancy + Smart Buildings solution
  • The technology and process improvements which make the difference
  • The big impacts to people and productivity
  • The roadmap used to implement and reach results quickly

Read more and Register now to make sure you don’t miss this exciting discussion on this new solution.

Presented by

Larry Melton
The Building People
President & CEO

Webinar Details
Wednesday, January 29
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

January 14th, 2014 Federal Real Property Outlook Breakfast at the National Press Club

Come join The Building People CEO Lawrence Melton as he moderates the Federal Real Property Association on January 14, 2014 to kick off a new year! During the January breakfast, we will hear from an exciting Federal Real Property Panel lead by GSA PBS Commissioner Dorothy Robyn and other panelists from GSA to include: Martha Benson, Assistant Commissioner for Portfolio Management, Bart Bush, Assistant Commissioner for Client Solutions,Flavio Peres, Assistant Commissioner for Property Disposal, and Chris Wisner, Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate.

Location: National Press Club, D.C.

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Time: 8:00am -10:30am C

lick the Link below to Register Today!


This is also the first event of 2014 and a great opportunity to renew your membership or become a member to enjoy all of the great events planned for the year ahead. Individual memberships can be purchased on this Eventbrite invitation. For corporate memberships and sponsorships, please visit out membership page on the FRPA website, www.frpa.us or you can contact us at Frpainfo@gmail.com.

Fed News Radio Interview with CEO Lawrence Melton: Smart design can make federal offices more productive places to work

(from Fed News Radio 1500AM)

Advances in technology are changing the way federal offices are designed, making old, cavernous, buildings more productive and collaborative places to work. “The average age of federal facilities is over 35-years old or close to it,” said Larry Melton, former GSA executive and current CEO of The Building People. “The first step is you’ve got to measure utilization. You’ve got to figure out where am I using it, what am I not using and assess from there. But, the reality is, if it’s an old building or a new building, you can make an old building smart, even by today’s technology. There’s certainly many, many capabilities out there in the market to make that happen.” (Read the rest here)

Catch Lawrence Melton on Fed News Radio 1500AM Thursday Nov 21 at 7:30am

Listen to The Building People CEO Lawrence Melton on 1500AM Fed News Radio where he will discuss important innovations in building design and construction to support the latest collaborative and mobile workplace environments, smart occupancy, smart buildings, and the connected real estate model.

The interview will air live around 7:30am on Thursday November 21st, but if you miss it don’t worry we will post here shortly so check back.