The Future of Smart Building Systems

Chris Browne, Managing Director, Integrated Facilities Management, Jones Lang LaSalle

Chris Browne discusses JLL’s IntelliCommand system, which allows facility managers and engineers to identify building efficiency issues and fix them before they become problems. IntelliCommand results in energy cost savings of 18 to 20 percent, plus lower labor costs to maintain and repair equipment since the system helps diagnose root problems that otherwise might go unnoticed.

Creating Value From Surplus Facilities

Lee Utke, Head of Corporate Real Estate, Whirlpool

Lee Utke talks about ways to get the most value from underutilized properties. Rather than viewing surplus assets as a real estate disposition, Whirlpool does “reverse engineering” to adapt the workforce and the property to other functions, or reposition the property for supplement uses. By focusing on alternatives to disposition, the real estate department may find a great deal of support from within the organization.

Collaborative Workplaces for a Connected World

Relina Bulchandani, Director, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco

Cisco has transitioned from traditional offices to an on-demand, collaborative workplace that allows people to work effectively anywhere, at any time with tools and environments to maximize productivity. Technology is making more intelligent decisions possible between cities, buildings and workers.

Designing the Office of the Future

Kay Sargent, Vice President of Architecture, Design and Workplace Strategies, Teknion

90 percent of companies intend to spend more on technology, 78 percent expect to use real estate more effectively, and 54 percent see social media impacting the way they operate in the future. To create a workplace that addresses these trends, companies are rethinking office designs to be a place where workers engage colleagues. Partnering technology and workspaces empower workers.

Reaching the Next Level of Value in Corporate Real Estate

Tod Lickerman, CEO of Corporate Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle

Once a CRE organization has cut costs and right-sized the portfolio, the question becomes taking value to the next level. Tod Lickerman recommends CREs change the discussion from RE as a cost and liability to an investment, a way to feed the growth of the company. E.g., Instead of cost per sq. ft., look at cost per worker – a metric that business leaders can recognize.

Outsourcing Corporate Real Estate: From Zero to 60

Debi Crosby, Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

Despite progress in corporate real estate outsourcing, it is easy to find companies at any stage of outsourcing, from those in a fully in-house model, looking for trusted advisors helping them to move to an outsourcing model, as well as some that have fully outsourced over many years and are looking for new ways to innovate. Financial services firms were leading-edge outsourcing participants, but sectors such as pharma have gone from zero to 60 in just a few years.

Portfolio Optimization for Business Efficiency

Matt Fanoe, Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities, Coca-Cola

Portfolio optimization is an effort to use space more effectively, reducing cost and carbon footprint. The goal is to make a better place to work for employees, and to make companies more competitive. Creating a more collaborative and sustainable workplace is a key way that corporate real estate leaders are gaining “a seat at the table” with the C suite.

Six Sigma for Sustainability

Companies understand good practices in sustainability but struggle with ways to implement those practices. By ensuring greater top-down leadership and establishing cross-functional teams, companies improve outcomes in sustainability and pave the way for cost savings and a greatly enhanced reputation for sustainability.