Join us for the American Institute of Architects Conference 2018 in NYC


This years AIA Conference (A’18) is themed as the Blueprint for Better Cities. At A’18, some of the most creative architects, designers, and firms will share how they’re creating their own blueprint and making a difference in cities all over the world, from London, Arkansas to London, England. Among these dynamic speakers will be The Building People President & CEO Lawrence Melton discussing, “How Design Choices Affect Operations & Maintenance in Federal Buildings.”

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How Design Choices Affect Operations & Maintenance in Federal Buildings

calendar6/21/2018   clock8:45 AM – 9:45 AM  clockJavits Center  clockRoom 1E14  address iconW 35th Street & 11th Avenue

Recently, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted research on the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) creative architectural design. The GAO studied its potential effects on operations and maintenance costs, and their findings have been used to reduce long-term costs at federal facilities.  Join panelists from the GAO, GSA, and private sector for a discussion of how architects and engineers can collaborate to design buildings that are both aesthetically pleasing and efficient to operate. You’ll get an inside look at design features of recently completed federal buildings and hear from the panel on what they’ve learned from these recent innovations.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn to identify possible overlooked operations and maintenance costs associated with innovative designs.
  2. Review the evolution of design in federal courthouses and office buildings.
  3. Explore key differences between the design and operational needs of public and private sector buildings.
  4. Hear about the types of decisions and tradeoffs that the GSA and Congress make when allocating taxpayer dollars.

Moderator: Keith CunninghamAssistant Director, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC

David Insinga,
Chief Architect, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, DC

Lawrence Melton, FRICS, Chief Executive Officer, The Building People, Leesburg, Virginia

Matthew Cook, Senior Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC