Category : Facilities Management

The Building People’s International Research Featured in this Month’s RICS Property Journal

This month’s RICS Property Journal features The Building People’s international research in which we examine public sector asset management around the globe to identify common challenges and strategies to resolve some of the systemic issues across the sector. The complete research report, Public Sector Asset Management (PSAM): Roundtable Report, had participants from more than thirty countries responsible for trillions in real property assets.

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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.

Part 2 of the Building Operating Management Magazine’s Green Building Report

Reassessing Run-to-Failure Mentality Will Help Address Maintenance Backlog

Part 2 of a 4-part Green Building Report.

 By Charles Dilley May 2016

Given the run-to-failure mentality and cuts in the Federal Buildings Fund, it’s no surprise that the federal maintenance backlog is large. According to the Government Accountability Office, the top five property-holding agencies have a maintenance backlog of more than $36 billion.  How can the increase in maintenance OPEX be addressed?

Read the entire article at Building Operating Management Magazine.

Part 1 of the Building Operating Management Magazine’s Green Building Report

Despite Energy Efficiency Gains, Federal Operating Costs Have Risen

Part 1 of a 4-part Green Building Report.

By Charles Dilley May 2016

For the past several years,  government agencies have reduced the size of the federal real property footprint, implemented sustainability programs, and increased utilization of their space to be more efficient. Campaigns champion property disposal, energy reduction, fewer leases, and tenant transfers into owned space. Driven by the public sector’s commitment to sustainability, these efforts hold out the hope of reducing costs across the portfolio. Yet operating costs have outpaced the industry. Why? It’s a complicated question given the size of the portfolio, but it is one that must be analyzed if facility management professionals are going to offer strategic solutions.

Read the rest here.

NFMT Austin, Texas – IoT and the Workplace: A Case Study

For those at NFMT Austin, TX, come join our CEO Lawrence Melton and a panel of GSA executives at 10AM CST as they investigate the impact of IoT on the workplace.

nfmtaustGSA’s Total Workplace initiative was established to help agencies make the most of their office space, in part via adoption of mobile, collaborative technologies and policies, such as wireless local area networks, cloud computing, virtual private networks, teleworking, and desk sharing and hoteling. The goal: Reduce the amount of real estate agencies need and, in turn, cut their office expenses and carbon footprints. How has the Internet of Things impacted the initiative? Attend this session for best practice examples from two executive change agents within GSA on how this transformation has worked well — and the challenges that lie ahead.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review GSA’s “IT Workplace of the Future” concept
2. Analyze a GSA High-Performance and Workplace case study
3. Discuss key findings from GSA leadership regarding future benefits and challenges to IT adoption and expansion

Start Time: 5/3/2016 10:00:00 AM CST
End Time: 5/3/2016 10:50:00 AM CST

Presented by:Lawrence A. Melton
CEO and President
The Building People

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Room Number: 9A

 

PRESS RELEASE: THE BUILDING PEOPLE, LLC AWARDED SBA 8(a) SMALL BUSINESS CERTIFICATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21, 2016

THE BUILDING PEOPLE, LLC AWARDED SBA 8(a) SMALL BUSINESS CERTIFICATION

Leesburg, VA, March 21, 2016 The Building People has been certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as an 8(a) Certified Small Business. The Building People’s CEO and founder, Lawrence Melton commented saying, “We’re very excited to have the certification and we recognize the opportunity this gives our firm.  As we’ve expanded our Federal and commercial services over the last two years, we are proud of what we’ve provided our clients and are striving to make a larger impact this year in our drive toward moving our clients to greater efficiency, cost savings, and innovation.8a callout box 1

The Building People offers the following services under the GSA 03FAC schedule:

  • Building Commissioning Services (SIN 871-206)
  • Metering Services (SIN 871-204)
  • Energy Consulting Services (SIN 871-211)
  • Smart Buildings Systems Integrator (SIN 003-01)
  • Complete Facilities Management (811-003)
  • Facilities Maintenance and Management Consulting (811-006)

(NAICS: 236210-Industrial Building Construction,  236220-Commercial and Institutional Building Construction, 531312-Nonresidential Property Managers, 531390-Other Activities Related to Real Estate, 541330- Engineering   Services,   541350-Building   Inspection   Services,  541512- 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 jorie.fields@thebuildingpeople.com.

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

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Agile Knowledge Management at the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service

The Project Management Institute (PMI), the foremost leader in project management best practices, has released a knowledge management pilot study conducted by the General Services Administration (GSA), Public Building Service (PBS) in their Rocky Mountain Region, that leverages existing applications to harness their knowledge management capabilities towards a long term solution for this immense organization. You can read the study published by PMI here.

The General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Public Buildings Service (PBS) needed better knowledge management (KM) approaches for supporting their building maintenance, leasing, construction, and renovation projects delivered annually across the United States. A national KM team was formed and conducted an internal inventory of potential KM approaches. Google Sites/websites and Salesforce Chatter were available within PBS as potential KM tools, and were subsequently configured to support a KM pilot program with Region 8 property managers. After the successful pilot, additional KM initiatives using combinations of the Google Sites/Chatter format were developed as part of the current KM initiative, and as independent initiatives. This rapid piloting approach was later referred to by the team leadership as “Agile Knowledge Management,” given its emphasis on the customization of preexisting/prepaid software tools for quickly meeting the information needs of PBS professionals. Lessons learned and critical succes factors included the importance of sustained leadership support; the availability of cost effective tools that can be easily customized to serve users; dedicated staffing to coordinate regular system maintenance and updates; and direct team dialogue for sustaining agility in fluid or turbulent organizational environments.
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PRESS RELEASE: THE BUILDING PEOPLE, LLC AWARDED GSA 03FAC SCHEDULE

For Immediate Release

September, 22 2015

Leesburg, VA, September 22, 2015The Building People was recently awarded the GSA 03FAC Schedule, which means all federal customers can now purchase services directly from the schedule. The Building People’s CEO and founder, Lawrence Melton commented saying, “This is an exciting next step in the evolution of our business and will make it easier for us to continue to drive the Federal portfolio towards an innovative connected real estate model that will transform the industry.”at a glance

The Building People offer the following services under the GSA 03FAC schedule:

  • Building Commissioning Services (SIN 871-206)
  • Metering Services (SIN 871-204)
  • Energy Consulting Services (SIN 871-211)
  • Smart Buildings Systems Integrator (SIN 003-01)
  • Complete Facilities Management (811-003)
  • Facilities Maintenance and Management Consulting (811-006)

(NAICS: 236210-Industrial Building Construction, 236220-Commercial and Institutional Building Construction, 531312-Nonresidential Property Managers, 531390-Other Activities Related to Real Estate, 541330-Engineering Services, 541350-Building Inspection Services, 541512-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 Charles Dilley at (703) 669 2222 Ext. 706 or email at charles.dilley@thebuildingpeople.com.

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Come Join The Building People for the Agile Workplace Conference Tomorrow, Sep15th, 2015 in Washington DC

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Come join The Building People for the 5th annual Agile Workplace Conference in September. At The Building People we are constantly advising our clients on how their People are the key to unlocking their facility’s potential in terms of sustainability and workplace satisfaction.  Whether you are in Workplace Strategy, Program Management, IT management, Operations & Facility Management, Human Resources or an Executive you will learn about innovative workplace strategies, tactics and best practices from a renowned group of workplace experts and practitioners. This will also be a key opportunity to network and hear what your peers are trying in their organizations. Come hear about the latest trends in workplace data and how to interpret and analyze it to benefit your organization. You’ll also get to see and interact with the latest technology and hardware that can maximize your program’s potential.

The 5th Annual Agile Workplace Conference is coming back to D.C. in September! The theme this year focuses on the importance of the People to any workplace program. While the technology and space that supports these programs are important, successful programs aren’t possible without the adoption of the people affected by such change. Providing freedom and flexibility for your workers and making it easy for them to work anywhere will only lead to happy and productive employees and a thriving flexible workplace. Attend AWC 2015 to find out how strategy, technology, and space all support today’s flexible workforce.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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