After much research and preparation, the definitive industry event - the Buildings Conference, Strategic Leadership for the 21st Century - is coming to the Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedra, FL, October 28-31, 2001. From an exploration of finance and refinance strategies to interactive discussions on design optimization and the integration of technology, from leveraging bottom-line energy issues to successfully integrating outsourcing operations, the Buildings Conference will put you and your organization on top and on target. Developed specifically for top management executives involved in the development, management, and direction of the commercial buildings industry, this event will allow you to network with your peers and industry experts to better understand the current drivers in today's business environment. Together, you can explore how integrated tools, concepts, and systems can define and implement your organization's vision for the future. The impressive faculty includes a number of renowned companies in the industry: Brookings Institution, Cushman & Wakefield, Haskell Co., Jones Lang LaSalle, Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and many more. But it's not only about work. A luxurious environment for business, leisure, and meeting needs, the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Beach Club is renowned for its five championship golf courses, including the TPC Stadium Course, where you'll have an opportunity to play as part of Tuesday's activities. To register, call (888) 666-8514 or (646) 336-7030, or go online (www.srinstitute.com/buildings2001). Buildings subscribers receive a substantial discount to attend this event. Opportunity is knocking at your door.
Sustainability and the Carpet Industry
Dalton, GA-based Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) recently released the carpet industry's first annual sustainability report. The report summarizes the carpet industry's positive and progressive environmental efforts in three key areas:
• Environmental - assessment of the overall impact of products on the environment and society, minimization of any adverse impact, and conservation of materials and energy.
• Economic - improvement of performance with best industry practices.
• Societal - improvement of the performance of products to create the highest value for customers and commitment to providing a safe and healthy place for employees to work.
To request a copy, call (800) 882-8846.
Advice to High-Tech Firms
According to a recent Reel Grobman Design Solutions newsletter, published by San Jose, CA-based Reel Grobman & Associates Inc., high-tech firms, wishing to make the most of their facilities in slowing economic times, should not take the approach of packing employees together in a small amount of space in order to cut costs. Says John Igoe, vice president of Facilities and Real Estate at Palm Inc., "Focus on assuring that the environment is a productive and friendly place." At this point, productivity is a higher concern than expansion or contraction.
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