• Pharmacia's Tough Outsourcing Lesson


    After two years of outsourcing facilities operations and maintenance at its Chicago properties, Pharmacia decided to bring the job back in house. The company's service provider simply could not find or retain enough people qualified to do the demanding work, says Mert Livingstone, executive director of Global Real Estate and Facilities Management for Pharmacia, the new entity created by the merger between Monsanto and Pharmacia & Upjohn.

  • Nordic Technology Park Under Construction in Riga


    Nordic Technology Park, a 43,500-sm building formerly used as a Soviet military communications factory, is being converted to an office building for the Baltic high-tech industry.

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation Earns Green Building Designation


    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation completed construction in December 2000 on its new 32,000-sf headquarters and earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest “platinum” rating.

  • GM Adopts McDonald's Approach to Facilities Management


    By centralizing its facilities operations, the General Motors Corporation (GM) cut more than $1 billion from its annual budget in just five years, and is now gearing up to find another $1 billion in structural savings, reductions, and cost avoidance.

  • Aetna Business Resources Transforms Shared Services


    Under a cost-cutting mandate from a new CFO, Aetna Business Resources (ABR), the real estate, procurement, and travel service provider for Aetna, has transformed itself from a centralized, primarily self-performing organization into a largely outsourced, decentralized services unit that acts as liaison between corporate senior management, Aetna employees, and a global network of outsourcing partners. ABR, which has been in operation since 1990, now manages more than $2 billion worth of company resources annually.

  • New Developments in Strategic Facility Planning


    One of the most difficult issues businesses face in today's marketplace is how to build rapid expansion of personnel and technology into long-term facility plans.

  • Lois & Paul Partners Relocates to Woburn


    Lois Paul & Partners, a national public relations company, will relocate its headquarters from Burlington, Mass., to a 145,000-sf building under construction at MetroNorth Commerce Center in Woburn.

  • Cirrus Logic Plans New HQ in Austin


    Cirrus Logic Inc. has plans to consolidate employees from its administrative, engineering, and sales functions at a new 190,000-sf corporate headquarters in Building V at the Terrace Business Park in Austin.

  • Goodyear Institutes Mandatory Recycling Program


    Asking office employees to do without their personal wastebaskets is asking for a major change in their daily workplace behavior, observes Rebecca Mohler, manager of services administration for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Headquarters Facility and Services Group. Yet this is exactly the request Goodyear made of its Akron, Ohio, headquarters associates in order to institute a new mandatory recycling policy.

  • Associated Press Renovates Broadcast News Center


    Associated Press (AP) is renovating their 40,000-sf broadcast news center in Washington, D.C.  AP is working with the architectural firm Liminality, based in Washington, on the $1-million phased overhaul to increase the functionality of the 200-person space by improving lighting