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Employee Introductions, April 17, 2018

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At The Building People we take great pride in our employees and their contributions to our success. Please join us by welcoming, and getting to know, some of our recent additions who help make our company culture and workplace exceptional!

Martha Amador, Senior Management Analyst III

Martha Amador is a Program Monitor for the Water Power Technology Office for The Building People in Golden, CO. Her extensive experience working at the Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared her well for her current responsibilities that include preparing technical, budgetary, and environmental impact reviews of federally funded grants as well as general direction and oversight throughout the project life-cycles. Additionally, you can find Martha focusing her time to ensure that 100% of active Financial Assistance projects have met the acquisition and project management (APM) requirements while gathering client recognition for company compliance.

Stephanie Hodge, Senior Management Analyst III

Stephanie Hodge is a Senior Management Analyst with The Building People in Golden, CO. Prior to joining our team, Stephanie served the DOE for 8 years where she delivered the successful initiation of the Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, supported the Solar Program, and the Wind and Water Technologies office. Currently, Stephanie works with several organizations at DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where she prepares various impact reviews of federal funded grants, and more. Additionally, works directly with recipients to support their projects by providing expert advice and ensures quality results in the deliverables.

Stephanie Byham, Senior Project Management Analyst

Stephanie Byham works as a Senior Project Management Analyst, with 15 years of experience in energy efficiency, capacity building, and client service. After providing the DOE  with analytical, management, and strategic planning for the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, her current responsibilities include support for multiple programs like the Market Transformation subprogram and the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell in the Economy (IPHE). These exceptional contributions stem from her Bachelor’s degree in Energy, Environmental, and Mineral Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Washington.

Garry Watson, Senior Advisor

Gerry Watson serves as Senior Advisor to the DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) where he leads content strategy and development, with a particular focus on the impact and viability of geothermal technology innovation. Gary works closely with GTO leadership to build and launch content platforms targeted at various government/industry stakeholders. In addition to his career achievements, Garry holds a Bachelor’s degree in professional writing from the University of Michigan, a Graduate Certificate in Energy Innovation from Stanford University (in affiliate with the Andlinger Center at Princeton University). Prior to joining the DOE, Gerry served as communications director for ION Geophysical (NYSE: IO), a leading innovator in oil and gas exploration, where he guided investor relations and external communications across their global enterprise. Earlier in his career, he helped position several companies for investor funding and/or acquisition, including Transform Software (acquired by Drillinginfo), TerraSpark Geosciences (acquired by CGG Veritas), and iCommunicate (acquired by Microsoft).

Leticia Forrest, Executive Admin Assistant IV

Leticia Forrest brings The Building People more than 20 years of management experience in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she provided technical expertise and assistance to the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, first for CSRA and currently for The Building People. A California native and military brat, Leticia has lived around the world and throughout the United States. She has managed both retail and corporate businesses before bringing her expertise to Capitol Hill and the Federal government. Leticia received her Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Consumer Science from Alabama A&M University and her Master of Human Resource Management from Trinity Washington University.

The Building People Welcomes Kelly Peter as New Human Resources Manager

KellyP1The Building People is pleased to announce that Kelly Peter has joined our leadership team as the new Human Resources Manager. Ms. Peter brings more than 15 years of experience developing HR processes and policies, talent acquisition and training, compliance, employee relations, and performance management for small and mid-size organizations. Prior to joining The Building People, Ms. Peter delivered human resource solutions to federal and commercial enterprises through various stages of creation, growth, and stabilization. In these roles, she provided these organizations with full life-cycle recruitment, defining and implementing training, performance management, benefits selection, and management. As part of our leadership team, Ms. Peter oversees employee relations, recruitment, and Human Resource compliance.

Ms. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Mercy University where she studied business administration and sociology. Furthermore, she is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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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Press release pdf download here.

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.