VFA Client Berkeley Lab Receives FMXcellence Award

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facilities Division Honored for Developing a Multifaceted Sustainability Program

VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that client Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facilities Division received a 2013 FMXcellence award from Building Operating Management at the National Facilities Management & Technology Conference & Expo held March 12-14, 2013, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Building Operating Management’s FMXcellence Recognition Program acknowledges in-house facility management teams that apply best practices and innovation to meet their organization’s priorities. The Facilities Division developed a multifaceted sustainability program that involved LEED standards for construction, energy efficiency upgrades, employee involvement and extensive communication.

Berkeley Lab, a leading research center for environmental studies, nanoscience, quantitative biology, physics and nuclear energy, consists of 107 buildings across 203 acres. Such a large and complex facility calls for a multifaceted approach to green building practices. Berkeley Lab has taken a systematic look at its buildings in order to comply with government sustainability mandates, including Executive Order 13423 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

To efficiently and critically evaluate the sustainability of existing buildings and to identify cost-effective measures to meet the requirements of the mandates, Berkeley Lab combined standard facility condition assessments with green building assessments in partnership with VFA.

A comprehensive integrated facilities assessment, analysis, planning, work execution and reporting system was developed to ensure that maintenance investments are spent wisely in support of the scientific mission and planned with sustainability and resource conservation as priorities. The Department of Energy has recognized Berkeley Lab for developing a best-practice integrated facilities management solution.

“Researchers at Berkeley Lab are addressing the world’s most urgent scientific challenges, and the Facilities Division’s role is to build, modernize and maintain sustainable mission-ready facilities to support the research. This recognition for our solution is much appreciated,” said Ken Fletcher, deputy director, Facilities Division, Berkeley Lab.

“We are extremely pleased that our longstanding client has been recognized with the 2013 FMXcellence award from Building Operating Management,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “Berkeley Lab’s leading-edge approach to meeting and exceeding sustainability goals sets a powerful example for other organizations.”

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About VFA
Headquartered in Boston, VFA is the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and sustainability. VFA solutions uniquely combine facility assessment services, web-based software and business consulting services to enable customers to manage every stage of the capital asset lifecycle—from requirements gathering and long-term planning to capital budget creation and spend management. More than 600 organizations in corporate, education, government and healthcare markets have relied on VFA solutions to strategically manage their capital assets. VFA’s flagship software product, VFA.facility®, is currently used to manage more than 4 billion square feet of real estate. For more information, please call 800-693-3132 or visit http://www.vfa.com.

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