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Report: US Occupier Survey: The Corporate View of Sustainability
In its latest client survey, Cushman & Wakefield conducted in-depth interviews with 27 real estate and sustainability directors at 23 leading US-based corporations to determine how being sustainable impacts their corporate real estate (CRE) policies. The feedback and results provide insight into how CRE approaches sustainability and the effect it is having on real estate trends.




Presentation: Changing Supply Chains Impact Effective Site Selections Members Only
As globalization continues to shrink the world and blur boundaries across business development, the issues to consider in exploring new markets, establishing cost-effective distribution centers and containing business costs have become infinitely more complex. For global supply chain management and site selection decision points in this process, risks related to governmental and political issues, rising tariffs, increasing transportation costs, shifting markets and currency rates are highly volatile influencers of success. Responding to these shifting complexities, and to the roadblocks and opportunities they present, is essential for establishing and maintaining a highly-functioning, efficient global supply chain. Speakers: René Buck




Presentation: Sleeping Giants/ Awakening Aging Assets Members Only
Commercial buildings, 30-40 years old, are large, well-known and frequently iconic urban landmarks. They are now struggling to compete against newer more efficient buildings, changing technology, and shifting urban demographics. Cosmetic improvements are the easy, common response. But to achieve lasting competitiveness in today's market, the focus must be on repositioning these aged assets to realize their inherent value potential and achieve increased revenue. Speakers: John Clegg, AIA, LEED AP; David Euscher, LEEP AP; Jamie Flatt, LEED AP; Darrell Kainer




Presentation: Hospitality at the Workplace Members Only
Recent mobility trends have opened the door to make dynamic use of hotel lobbies, hotel rooms and restaurants for meetings, conference calls or simply to work remotely. As the hospitality and corporate real estate worlds continue to fuse, corporate environments should leverage the integration of hospitality design and operational concepts to cater to corporate professionals. Learn about hospitality best practices and how these may be applied in a corporate setting. Speakers: Eva Garza; Randa Tukan




Presentation: PQI-Your New Business Intelligence Platform Members Only
The Portfolio Quality Index (PQI) helps improve efficiency and reduce costs by aligning portfolio alternatives for lease restructuring, dispositions and co-location/consolidation and performance improvement opportunities. Discover how this real-time dashboard technology is both an analytical tool and communication portal to optimize RE portfolio decision making. Speakers: Chris Zlocki




Presentation: Economic Developer's Roundtable Members Only
Join top location strategy experts in a high-level conversation that includes audience Q&A and a peer-to-peer roundtable. This highly popular, interactive format will enable you to connect, learn and participate in discussions with economic development professionals, corporate site selectors and location consultants on today’s critical issues. Be part of the discussion and join us for a session of thought-provoking ideas and knowledge sharing. Speakers: Deane C. Foote, CEcD; Lawrence Moretti; Andrew H. Shapiro; Holly Wiedman




Presentation: GSA Mobility Pilot: Lessons Learned Members Only
Like the private sector, the federal government is trying to reduce its portfolio footprint and better utilize space. GSA boldly used its own 4,500 people headquarters as an aggressive pilot project for the entire Federal government portfolio; and, the results were savings over $24 million annually. The goals achieved were to increase organizational performance, double the capacity, and explore new ways of working. This session will share business performance, workplace strategy, and change management lessons learned that can be used in your own organization. Speakers: Michael Gelber; Charles Hardy, AIA, BArch; Steve Johnson; Janet Pogue McLaurin, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP




Presentation: Kraft’s Brands Drive Its Own Transformation Members Only
Kraft’s mission is to be North America's best food and beverage company by continuing to offer products consumers love, creating a performance-based culture that motivates and excites employees and becoming the best investment in the industry. Listen to how the Campus Transformation project revitalized a staid 750,000SF corporate HQ into a dynamic workplace. This project impacted 2,300 employees, facilitated the consolidation of multiple locations, resulted in substantial portfolio savings, greatly reduced Kraft's environmental footprint, provided a platform to showcase and celebrate Kraft brands, redefined corporate culture, and enhanced Kraft's ability to attract and retain talent. The project involved not only changing to an open office environment throughout but also implementing highly unique interior and exterior common areas to foster teaming and collaboration. Speakers: John Haas; Richard Lott; Jim Maloney; Allison Miller




Presentation: Transferring Best Practices in Government Procurement to the Private Sector Members Only
CRE must always be in position to hire vendors that will meet their service needs at a fair price. The selection based on "best value" will be critical, where making a mistake on a "lowest cost" provider could be detrimental. The US Federal Government has spent decades refining how it purchases services, recognizing that a "best value" may not be lowest cost. The government is also subject to intense procurement scrutiny and must be able to demonstrate an objective and quantitative evaluation. The private sector can benefit from proven government procurement methods that result in clarity and consistency in selection, alignment with procurement manager goals and, most importantly, securing the best service provider at a competitive price. Speakers: Lois Bennett; Mark Gorman, MCR, SLCR; Reed Stvan




Presentation: Making It Count: Selecting the Sustainability Certification with the Greatest Project Benefit Members Only
This session will provide an in-depth look at the five dominant Commercial Building Sustainability Rating Systems globally: LEED®, BREEAM, Green Star, Green Mark, BEAM Plus as well as energy-specific systems ENERGY STAR and NABERS. The presentation will focus on a decision-making framework that identifies the most strategic sustainability certification target base on a project location. Market factors, influence of local government policies and permitting requirements will be discussed within a global context, supported by anecdotes collected from ten countries. Specific credit requirements focused on energy and water will be compared and the presentation will look at the larger policies driving the varying approaches globally. Speakers: Jenn McArthur

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