Category : Smart Occupancy

People Make Smart Buildings, Not Just the High-Tech Hype

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.

CoreNet Global North American Summit October 26-29, In Washington DC

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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.

Ignite!

28 October 2014 | 2:15PM – 3:15PM

“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

Moderator:

  • Gavin Bloch, MCR.h, SLCR, National Director Workplace Strategies, Jacobs

Speakers:

    • 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

27 October 2014 | 3:30PM – 4:30PM

GSA Develops Smart Occupancy + Smart Building

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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.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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.

Speakers:

  • Lawrence Melton
  • Frank Santella
  • John Vivadelli

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:

Track: STRATEGY DEFINED
Session Name: A Comprehensive STRATEGY: Operations + Energy + Sustainability + Experience = Profitability
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Location: LVH Ballroom F
Date: 6/18/2014
Time: 11:30AM
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
Questions:
  • Define a smart building.
  • Why do so many organizations focus on energy and leave out the benefits associated with operations and occupant experience?
  • What will it take to get our industry to agree on one, comprehensive definition of a smart, connected, high-performance, intelligent, sustainable, enjoyable, interactive, safe and productive building?
MODERATOR(S):
Tom ShircliffTom Shircliff
Co-Founder
Intelligent Buildings
P: 704-759-2700
tom@intelligentbuildings.comhttp://www.intelligentbuildings.com
SPEAKER(S):
Bob DixonBob Dixon
VP of Industry Affairs, Business Performance & Sustainability
Siemens Industry Inc
P: 847-941-5070
bobdixon@siemens.comhttp://usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies
Rick HuijbregtsRick Huijbregts
VP, Industry Transformation General Manager, IoE | Smart + Connected Communities
Cisco Systems Inc.
P: 416-306-7368
rhuijbre@cisco.comhttp://www.cisco.com/
Lawrence MeltonLawrence Melton
Principal
The Building People, LLC
P: 703-669-2222
lawrence.melton@thebuildingpeople.comhttp://www.thebuildingpeople.com
Paul OswaldPaul Oswald
President
Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI)
P: 262-832-1313
paul.oswald@thinkesi.comhttp://www.thinkesi.com
Niraj PatelNiraj Patel
Chief Strategy Officer
Selex ES, A Finmeccanica Company
P: (215) 820-4710
niraj.patel@elsag.comhttp://www.seles-es.com

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.

Panels: 

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.

 

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.

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

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)

Join Us at the Smart Occupancy Conference, September 17th, Washington DC

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Come join Larry Melton, CEO of The Building People, as he takes the stage with AgilQuest CEO, John Vivadelli to talk Smart Occupancy at this September’s Smart Occupancy Conference in Washington DC, hosted by AgilQuest.

What is Smart Occupancy?

Smart Occupancy is a workplace strategy that maximizes efficiency, productivity and sustainability with processes and technology, to balance freedom and flexibility with measurement and control. This strategy delivers focused, measurable results, is implemented through specific processes, and answers key operational and strategic questions. A well-executed Smart Occupancy strategy delivers results for the organization, for the individual workers in that organization, and for the surrounding community.  Breakout sessions at this year’s AWC will arm organziations with the tools and knowledge to succeed with Smart Occupancy.

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