Building Operating Management’s FMXcellence Recognition Program awarded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facilities Division with the 2013 FMXcellence award for their creation of a systematic and multifaceted plan to comply with government sustainability mandates while continuing to innovate in green building practices. The award, presented at the recent National Facilities Management & Technology Conference & Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center, acknowledges in-house management teams that apply best practices to meet their organization’s priorities. Berkeley Lab was recognized for their dynamic sustainability program that incorporates 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, needed to comply with government sustainability mandates, including Executive Order 13423 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 – and they went above and beyond this call to action. Comprised of 107 buildings across 203 acres, Berkeley Lab’s extensive facilities require a unique and innovative approach to green building practices.
To comply with government sustainability mandates, Berkeley Lab critically analyzed the sustainability of each asset in their facility portfolio. Partnering with VFA, Berkeley Lab combined facility condition assessments with green building assessments to identify cost-effective measures that would help the lab achieve their goals. 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.
Ken Fletcher, deputy director of the Facilities Division at Berkeley Lab, appreciates the recognition. “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.”
Berkeley Lab’s leading-edge approach to meeting and exceeding sustainability goals sets a powerful example for other organizations.