21 November 2011 – CB Richard Ellis’s technical services team and Neil Wood, senior facilities manager with Brisbane City Council took out top prizes at the Facility Management Association of Australia Awards for Excellence.

CBRE won the Initiative in Customer Service Excellence Award 2011 for its management of the DEXUS property group portfolio while Neil Wood was named facilities manager of the year.

Presenting the awards, Mark Dreyfus, Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, said: “all those who work in managing buildings will continue to think more and more about energy efficiency, about the kinds of measures that can be taken to reduce energy use and, of course, save money as we go about it”

Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Burt, believes the high standard of all entries was reflective of a renewed vigour within the industry.

“Quality and sustainability now outweigh price when considering the value of a facilities management offering,” he said.
“It’s encouraging to see so many professionals and organisations eager to be recognised by their peers.”

A message from the Prime Minister, JuliaGillard, conveyed to the event, said the facilities management sector made an important contribution to Australia’s economic wellbeing.

FMA Australia estimates that the industry contributes $20 billion to Australia’s GDP annually and employs over 200,000 people.

Factors such as the physical maintenance of buildings and the management of environmental performance were crucial elements of a well functioning and sustainable society, she said..

Other major winners

Programmed Facility Management, Asset-Trak Delivery and Innovation: Australia & Dyson Airblade Industry Innovation Excellence Award.

Insurance Australia Group Ltd – Direct Insurance Facilities Management: Australia & Jones Lang LaSalle Impact on Organisation & Workplace Excellence Award.

Jones Lang LaSalle – Telstra Account Team: Australia & Atlantis Service Provider Excellence in Facilities Management Award.

Brookfield Multiplex Services – State Government of Victoria Team: Australia & Programmed Facility Management State and Federal Government Excellence in Facilities Management Award

Brookfield Multiplex Services – HMAS Waterhen: Australia & GJK Facility Services Sustainability & Environmental Impact Excellence Award

Nathaniel Galindo, Manager – Environmental Program Delivery, UGL Services Beyond Green:Australia & UGL Services Young Achiever of the Year Award.