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September 15th Chapter Meeting - Reimagining Work-Life in San Francisco

Join the CoreNet Global Northern California Chapter and SPUR in our third and last featured city, San Francisco, as the September Chapter Meeting concludes our three-part summer series, "Reimagining Work-Life in the Bay Area".

San Francisco's Southern Bay Shore encompasses the multiple neighborhoods south of Mission Creek, where there are plans to add 35,000 new jobs and 520+ new and renovated acres of open space. What makes this area interesting for developers and end-users? What projects are planned or underway and how will the area meet the transportation demands of an additional 35,000 people? We'll hear from multiple perspectives on the revitalization on the Southern Bay Shore area, including successes and future plans.

Confirmed Speakers:
David Beaupre - Senior Waterfront Planner at the Port of San Francisco
Andy Wang - Development Associate - Forest City Development
Guneet Anand - Urban Designer - SITELAB
Josh Switzky - Urban Designer - SF Planning Department

Allison Arieff - SPUR

July 21st Chapter Meeting - Reimagining Work-Life in Oakland

SPUR , Oakland

The San Francisco Bay Area has a rich history of dreamers, creators, and visionaries. From cable cars to autonomous vehicles and from microprocessors to virtual reality, our region has long been the home of brave experimentation and innovation. This constant change and pressure on land use, transportation and cost presents as many challenges as opportunities for corporate real estate teams. Join CoreNet Global’s Northern California Chapter and SPUR (www.spur.org) in a series of programs in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco to re-imagine Work-Life in the Bay Area – and learn more about what these cities are doing to create a more attractive offering to us as companies and communities.

The second installment of Reimagining Work-Life series focuses on the renaissance of Oakland and what it offers corporate occupiers and their employees. An eclectic panel moderated by Oakland SPUR Director Robert Ogilvie will discuss how Oakland delivers those elements necessary to create a healthy work/life balance. We will explore how Oakland has changed through this last cycle and how it is managing economic development, job and population growth while trying to balance cultural identity and placemaking with diversity and social equity. This event will take place in the heart of the re-energized downtown at SPUR Oakland on Broadway with easy walking access from both 12th Street and 19th Street BART locations.

Robert Ogilvie, SPUR
Rachel Flynn, City of Oakland
David Kirkland, Comfy
Kennard Perry, The Swig Company
Terry Wood, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

July 21st Chapter Meeting - Reimagining Work-Life in San Jose

The Tech Museum of Innovation , San Jose

The San Francisco Bay Area has a rich history of dreamers, creators, and visionaries. From cable cars to autonomous vehicles and from microprocessors to virtual reality, our region has long been the home of brave experimentation and innovation. This constant change and pressure on land use, transportation and cost presents as many challenges as opportunities for corporate real estate teams. Join CoreNet Global’s Northern California Chapter and SPUR (www.spur.org) in a series of programs in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco to re-imagine Work-Life in the Bay Area – and learn more about what these cities are doing to create a more attractive offering to us as companies and communities.

Join the CoreNet Global Northern California Chapter and SPUR in our first featured city, San Jose, as the July Chapter Meeting kicks off part one of our three-part summer series, “Reimagining Work-Life in the Bay Area”. Why is San Jose today, potentially a more attractive location for corporate occupiers compared to other suburban alternatives? What has changed in recent years, what is in the development pipeline and what does San Jose have planned to continue to build on the changes currently underway as the Bay Area continues to adapt to the infrastructure and housing challenges created by the Region’s success? We’ll hear from multiple perspectives to better understand what San Jose is doing to create a more attractive offering to us as companies, citizens and communities.

Sam Liccardo, San Jose Mayor
Teresa Alvarado, SPUR San Jose Director
Nanci Klein, San Jose Office of Economic Development
Mike Bangs, Oracle
Leyla Hedayat, Kimley-Horn

June 16th Chapter Meeting - East to West: The Impact of Chinese Direct Investment on Bay Area Commercial Real Estate

The City Club, San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area has enjoyed deep cultural and economic ties with China for more than 150 years. As China's economy continues to mature, more and more Chinese companies are looking to establish North American headquarters and business operations San Francisco Bay Area companies can benefit by participating in one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The Bay Area commercial real estate market is witnessing an unprecedented rise in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) flows from China. How will these significant investments in office, retail, and residential properties affect us? The final program of our Spring/Summer International Series will feature Darlene Chiu Bryant, executive director China SF, Randall Sakamoto, executive vice president, Rosen Consulting Group and Hans Galland, Pacific Eagle Holdings Corporation with moderator Julia Campbell, Gensler. Join us to learn about the key drivers attracting investment from China and the benefits to the Bay Area.

Darlene Chiu Bryant , China SF

Randall Sakamoto, Rosen Consulting Group
Hans Galland, Pacific Eagle Holdings Corporation

Moderator: Julia Campbell, Gensler

May 19th Chapter Meeting - Outsourcing in a Strange Land

Synopsys, Sunnyvale

Have you ever had an assignment where you had little experience and few friends to call on? Join us in a conversation with four brave souls who have created facilities in environments and cultures previously unknown to them. Come hear stories about discovery and perhaps recovery as we discuss working globally in “strange lands”. Panelists will cover topics ranging from politics and culture to infrastructure, real estate process, and resources.

Luigi Sciabarrasi, Imperva
Barbara Donaldson, Synopsys
Anthony Smith, Google
Coleen Hurley, VMWare

Moderator: John Scott, CBRE

April 19th Chapter Meeting - Managing Business Environmental Risks

Box, Redwood City

Doing business internationally carries ethics and compliance risks for which CRE leaders need to be prepared. April's chapter meeting will kick off our Spring Series (International Success) with a deep-dive into the types of CRE risks present overseas and how to effectively mitigate those risks by applying corporate values.

John Bruno, of Yahoo, will moderate a talk by Dominick Modugno, chief compliance officer for the Global Workplace Solutions business at CBRE. By using real-life scenarios, they will explore the dangers and the consequences of ethics and compliance violations and how these can be avoided or minimized.


March 17th Chapter Meeting - Designing with Our Ears

PG&E Auditorium, San Francisco

Featuring: Julian Treasure


The sound around us affects our well being, effectiveness and happiness – and in most buildings those effects are negative. World-renowned sound expert and multiple TED speaker Julian Treasure revealed exactly how sound affects people, and shows how we can design corporate offices, schools and hospitals where sound has positive rather than negative consequences.

Julian Treasure, Master of Sound, is the founder and chairman of The Sound Agency, a UK-based audio branding consultancy that asks and answers the question: "How does your brand sound?" For over 10 years The Sound Agency has been proving that good sound is good business for clients. Julian's book Sound Business is the seminal work on creating intentional, effective business sound, he is regularly featured as the sound and communication expert in the world's radio, print and web media, including Time Magazine, The Economist, and The Times. Julian'sTed.com talks on various aspects of sound and communications have been viewed an estimated 30 million times.

February 18th Chapter Meeting - Stress and Burnout in the Workplace with UC Berkeley Wellness

David Brower Center, Berkeley

Featuring: Dr. Christina Maslach and Dr. Cristina G. Banks

Dr. Christina Maslach and Dr. Cristina G. Banks, UC Berkeley Healthy Workplace researchers and experts, discussed at this month's chapter meeting about how to handle stress and burnout.

February's Chapter Meeting will took place at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. The Bower Center is a sustainable, mixed-use development just a block from Downtown Berkeley BART Station. Utilizing the latest in energy-saving technologies and recycled building materials, the Brower Center has received a LEED Platinum rating.

January 21st Chapter Meeting - Annual Market Forecast with Ken Rosen

Electronic Arts, Redwood City

Featuring: Ken Rosen, Economist

Ken Rosen, joined us for our annual forecast program. With real estate and stock market dynamics at record levels and optimism generally strong, most forecasts call for a continuation of improved economic conditions. We shared these core forecasts but focused on the risks and structural issues to watch for that may be the catalyst for the inevitable cyclical challenges in the future of our economy.

December 17th Chapter Meeting - Strategically Networking for Success - The Right Way

Microsoft, San Francisco

Featuring: Christine Spray, Strategic Catalyst

Christine Spray is a nationally recognized business development keynote speaker, best-selling author two times, consultant, trainer, and coach. Spray serves as a CEO and business advisor with a passion for helping people and companies grow. The December Chapter Meeting Meeting featured Spray's beliefs that organizations can and should play a role in helping leaders build networks that allow them to perform their job well and think strategically. She addressed topics such as success all starts with your attitude, tips for working the room, the 30 second introduction, and great ways to maximize your networking.

October 15th Chapter Meeting -What is WELL Certification and Why is it Important?

Google, Sunnyvale
Featuring: Jessica Cooper, Executive Director of Project Management and Director of Sustainability, at Delos, Michael Picone from Google REWS and Eric Soladay from Integral Group

Don’t know what WELL certification is? You are going to need to. The NorCal Chapter sponsored a conversation about the first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness. Jessica Cooper, Executive Director of Project Management and Director of Sustainability, at Delos explained the goals and process of certification. Jessica was joined by Michael Picone from Google REWS and Eric Soladay from Integral Group, both of whom shared their personal experiences with current projects tracking with WELL. Also, the presentation provided an end user’s insight into why they feel certification is relevant and worth the effort. The information allowed attendees to move their projects into the next category of “best in class” environment design and delivery.

September 17th Chapter Meeting -Broadcasting Your Professional Brand on LinkedIn

LinkedIn, Mountain View
Featuring: LinkedIn Staff and Experts

We all use LinkedIn to stay connected and occasionally search for someone, but how can we take this resource to the next level to better serve ourselves and our organizations? In September, we asked one of our most active end-user companies, LinkedIn, to share best practices around increasing the effectiveness of the on-line face of our organizations and ourselves as professionals.  Various members of the LinkedIn business shared their best practices. The team provided a behind the scenes look into what components comprise a competitive profile, with the goal of making the most of your personal LinkedIn profile, as well as the creation and leveraging of groups. At an organizational level,  best practices were shared for how companies have effectively leveraged LinkedIn for hiring, talent recruitment, and public relations.

During the reception, the LinkedIn team offered to be on-hand to work one-on-one with those who desire a little extra coaching.  Others can availed themselves of a tour of the LinkedIn headquarter facilities.  Five lucky attendees won a free three month Premium membership to LinkedIn!

August 20th August Chapter Meeting - "360 View: Genentech's Approach to Work Environments"

Genentech, South San Francisco
Featuring: Genentech

Genentech’s newest office building (Building 35) is more than a state-of-the-art facility for its South San Francisco employees. It represents a shift in how Genentech thinks about the work environment. On August 20th, members of Genentech's Workplace Effectiveness team shared a 360° view of their approach to developing a new work environment - from conception to the move-in experience. Following the presentation, tours of the building were given at the end

July 16th July Chapter Meeting - "The Future of the Bay area Water Supply"

Visa, Foster City
Featuring: George Denise Sr,Director of Operations for Oracle's Headquarters buildings in Redwood City; Director of Sustainability for Oracle's Headquarter Region, Oracle, Katie Excoffier, Environment Sustainability Manager, Genentech, Nicole Sandkulla, Chief Executive Officer; General Manager, Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director, SPUR

As California grapples with one of its worst droughts in recorded history, many in the Bay Area are wondering what should be done to ensure that we have sufficient water in the future. Laura Tam, the sustainable development policy director with SPUR, led a group of panelists including water suppliers and end users, as they discussed our current water supply and reviewed approaches that reduce demand by fostering water conservation and efficiency.

June 18th June Chapter Meeting - "Infrastructure Series #2: Transportation"

Bishop Ranch, San Ramon
Featuring: Bijan Sartipi, District Director, Department of Transportation – District 4, Randy Rentschler, Director Legislation and Public Affairs, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Cynthia Kroll, Chief Economist, Association of Bay Area Governments

Bijan serves as a Commissioner of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the regional planning organization representing the California State Transportation Agency. Bijan also serves as a Commissioner of the Bay Conservation Development Commission, as an ex-officio member of the board of directors of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, a member of the AC Transit BRT Policy Steering Committee, and the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee. Bijan is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
It is Mr. Rentschler’s job to advance the legislative, public outreach and external communications objectives of the 21-member Commission at the local, state and federal levels.
Before joining MTC, Randy worked as an investment banker, structuring local government debt.
From time to time, he also guest lectures on the subject of public finance or transportation at San Jose State, UC Berkeley, Stanford and the University of San Francisco.
Cynthia Knoll is a member of the Lambda Alpha, ULI, the American Planning Association, the American Real
Estate and Urban Economics Association, and the Industry Studies Association and serves on the Bay Area Council Economic Institute Research Council.
In addition to research on the region’s economy, she has studied the California economy, the real estate industry, housing and land use policy, housing affordability, globalization, the high-tech industry, green technologies, natural disasters and resource development.

May 21st May Chapter Meeting - "Part 1: The State of the Internet and its Delivery"

Synopsys, Mountain View
Featuring: Debra Acosta- San Leandro's Chief Innovation Officer

The May Chapter Meeting kicked off the first part of the three part infrastructure series. May’s program covered the current condition of the internet across scales – local, national and global. We heared from a Bay Area official who shared the innovative solution that they implemented to stay ahead in the challenging market of internet providers. As the City of San Leandro’s first chief innovation officer, Ms. Acosta’s task is twofold: (1) develop the Lit San Leandro fiber optic network as a unique infrastructure tool to attract, expand and retain innovative tech businesses and businesses in need of fast connectivity; and (2) to cultivate a healthy tech and innovation ecosystem designed to attract tech companies and their employees. Ms. Acosta's successful track record of developing economic development initiatives through building public/private collaborations was apparent to all those who attended!

April 16th April Chapter Meeting - "A Conversation with Willie Brown"

PG&E Auditorium, San Francisco
Featuring: Willie Brown

The Northern California Chapter was thrilled to feature political and Bay Area icon Willie L. Brown Jr at our April Chapter Meeting. Mayor Brown reflected on his two terms as mayor of San Francisco and his time as the renowned speaker of the California Assembly
. He focused on his position as one of the centers of California politics, government, and civic life with his incredible stories and advice. Mayor Brown also provided insight on the local, state and national political scene and how potential developments in coming years may impact our companies, going forward, and us as citizens of California. The Chapter was thoroughly entertained by this much influential speaker.

March 19th March Chapter Meeting - "Re-Commit or Re-Source? Optimizing Outsource Partnerships"

Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale 

Featuring: John Lucas - VP of Global Real Estate, Juniper Networks, John Bruno - VP of Real Estate & Workplace, Yahoo, Karen E. Vincent -  LEED AP Senior Managing Director, West Region Leader Corporate Occupier & Investor Services, Cushman & Wakefield, Paul Bryant -  Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle, John Venegas - Global Director of Operations, Yahoo, Hospitality Services, Compass Group

The last meeting of the fiscal year brought in a stacked panel! The program began with the discussion of outsourcing. Outsourcing is now well-established in CRE, and the cost-saving advantages can be substantial. Placing business results ahead of personal connections presents challenges; however, relationships may deteriorate despite good-faith efforts. Not all clients are the same. Some focus on cost control, others on customer service. Still others require performance results, such as rapid response times, zero downtime, etc. When clients and service providers agree on priorities, services can be better aligned.

The presentation then focused on how alignment is possible through a robust system of governance, based on agreements between client and service provider that help them identity, address, escalate and resolve issues. The ideal relationship is a strategic partnership, with clearly defined objectives guiding a collaborative pursuit of mutual interests. The partnership model transforms conventional "either-or" negotiating stances to "win-
win" engagements. We will examine tools used to balance economy and efficiency with the critical element of effectiveness, including KPIs (key performance indicators), SLAs (service level agreements), performance-based contracts (PBCs) and financial incentives. We will also discuss the nature, attributes and expectations of successful partnerships; the need for leadership, financial and technological awareness; and the culture of teamwork and continuous improvement.  

February 19th February Chapter Meeting - "Effective Leadership and the Role of Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence"

The City Club, San Francisco  

Featuring: Oli Mittermair - CEO, Experiential Leadership Initiative

Our February presenter, Oli Mittermair provided cutting edge training in leadership, emotional intelligence and mindfulness. He shared some of his experience and insights into mindfulness-based leadership training in corporate settings. Attendees learned how greater complexity outside requires greater clarity inside. Effective leadership isn't about just checking off more tasks. It's defined by how well we use our minds and interact with others. Oli delved deeper to explain how to have flexibility and clear purpose in the face of complexity. We need balance, insight, and the ability to inspire others. Yet our workplaces are churning out burned-out leaders, who report little bandwidth for big-picture thinking, for innovation, and truly understanding others and building strong culture. Finally, Oli ended with the skills to work with our minds, our emotions, and other people as they are essential-they are vital to improving our organizational performance, resilience and overall well-being.


February 11th Women of CoreNet Meeting - "The Race for Space"

DPR, San Francisco  

Featuring: Iris Gai - VP VMware, Chris Ross - Director Adobe, Keith Zaky - Vice Chairman, CBRE, Jana Gunsul (Moderator) - DES Architects + Engineers

Women of CoreNet started 2015 with a new venue, new program format and new ideas!  DPR Construction hosted 100+ attendees in their beautiful new office in San Francisco where WOC held an interactive program featuring experts from 3 disciplines of Corporate Real Estate, discussing the approaches they use to keep ahead of the RE requirements for their companies.  Iris Gai (VP of REW @ VMware) focused on how to engage your Sr. Leadership in developing a Long Term Regional Location Strategy & Chris Ross (Director, Global Operations – Adobe) spoke to our attendees on the importance of pre-determining your options in hot markets so CRE’s have the information readily available to act quickly when business changes.  Keith Zaky (Vice Chairman CBRE) provided the imbedded Broker perspective, discussing the importance of being a “trusted partner” (only 1 strike and you are out!) and with trust, a team can be engaged in the early planning stages to achieve the best results.  We wrapped up with a de-brief by our moderator, Jana Gunsul (Principal, DES Architects + Engineers).

Attendees divided into 3 mini-sessions with our panelists rotating from room to room offering their insight, approach, citing examples of real time issues and successful solutions.  Each session lasted ~ 18 minutes, with 20-40 people per group.  The smaller group sessions enabled an “up-close and personal” opportunity for the speakers to deliver their message and answer questions that were most relevant to our membership.   Several of the attendees commented that the mini sessions encouraged interaction and facilitated more questions/discussion within the groups. We ended the afternoon session with a networking event and tours of DPR’s new facility. Thanks very much to our sponsors:  DPR Construction, Tandus/Centiva, DES Architects + Engineers & Allen Matkins


January 15th Annual Market Forecast - 2015 Outlook and Panel discussion 
EA, Redwood City 

Featuring: Ken Rosen - Chair, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics

More than 150 attendees joined in on our annual forecast program.  Rather than just the traditional market focused forecast, our speaker(s) and panelists added a more macro-economic perspective and addressd the major opportunities and challenges facing the future economic outlook.

With real estate and stock market dynamics at record levels and optimism generally strong, most forecasts call for a continuation of improved economic conditions.  They shared these core forecasts but focused on the risks and structural issues to watch for that may be the catalyst for the inevitable cyclical challenges in the future of our economy.


Our panel discussion and Q&A covered perspectives on the following:  

  • State of Real Estate Capital Markets today and risks to a change in its current very strong state
  • Oil price change impact on the economy - U.S. and global
  • Risk of rising rates on the economy (including federal budget impact with now over $18 Trillion in debt)
  • State of Venture Capital and IPO markets and their impact on the 2015 economy
  • International political challenges risks
  • QE policy risks and changes in U.S., Europe and Japan structural risks and challenges
  • Cyber security risks on continued growth of online sales
  • Structural government deficits limitations on fiscal policies
  • U.S. Dollar strength impact on the U.S. economy

    Download presentation slides here.

September 18th Building Trends in the Tech Sector - Part 2: The City
SPUR, San Francisco
As a sequel to our June meeting, September will focus on our cities and their struggle to keep up with the demands of corporations on available real estate, resources, talent, housing, transportation and a wide range of factors that are making it increasingly difficult to maintain headquarters in a traditional urban environment. In this meeting we will compare San Francisco with other global business centers, as well as drill down into the issues facing other key cities in our region.

August 21st The New Geography of Jobs - Demographic Trends Shaping Bay Area Organizations Synopsys, Sunnyvale
Will the workers be here when we need them? The issue of shifting demographics is a key driver in the continued success of Bay Area organizations. Renown thought leader and Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, Enrico Moretti, discussed the unprecedented redistribution of American jobs, population, and wealth that is under way and it is likely to accelerate in the years to come. This new geography of jobs is benefiting centers of innovation like San Francisco, Boston, Austin, and Durham.

July 17th Journey From Start-Up to Sustainable Business - Mapping CRE Evolution

The City Club, San Francisco

This session took us along the evolution of companies, from initial inception and funding, through start-up to sustaining… mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, decline and reinvention.  The discussion highlighted key insights from major industry leaders that have made their specific journeys successful.

Derek Huffman – Pure Storage, Director of Facilities
Charlie Barry – Amgen, Director of Global Real Estate
Per Johanson – Splunk, Director of Global Real Estate and Facilities
Michele Spangler Hodge - Workday, Senior Director, Real Estate & Workplace

June 4th Women of CoreNet - “WHERE HAVE ALL THE SMART GIRLS GONE?” How the portrayal of women and girls in the media negatively affect our ability to be successful leaders.

Oracle Auditorium

Filmmaker, speaker, and advocate, Jennifer Siebel Newsom spoke on media's harmful portrayal of women and girls and its detriment to society. Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary, Miss Representation, and now runs The Representation Project, a call-to-action campaign to shift people's consciousness and transform culture. Newsom is currently in production on two documentaries, The Mask You Live In and The Great American Lie.

May 19th Young Leaders Event - The Paths We've Traveled: How varied backgrounds have laid the foundation for success in corporate real estate.

STUDIOS Architecture, San Francisco

Panelists discussed how the paths of talented industry leaders have led them into positions of influence in the CRE world, and shaped their outlooks on topical issues we face today.

Moderated by George Denise, Jr. of Swinerton Builders

Panelists: Maja Henderson, Global Facilities Manager, Square Sarah Naughton, Regional Project Management Leader, Cushman & Wakefield George Denise Sr, Director of Facilities, Oracle Dick Palomba, Founder and Managing Principal, Corporate Planning Consultants

May 15th Chapter Meeting - Keys to Global Success: Managing and communicating with staff and customers across diverse cultures

UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco

Speaker and author KC Chan-Herur gave a presentation on doing business successfully around the world. She discussed her unique world insights from living, studying and working across four continents (Asia, Europe, North and South America).

April 17th Chapter Meeting - Renovating for Zero Net Energy

The Zero Net Energy Center, San Leandro

The Zero Net Energy Center (ZNE Center) is the very first large-scale retrofit of an existing commercial building to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s definition of a “zero net energy” building, a building that produces as much energy as it consumes. The new home of the Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Program of IBEW Local 595 and the Northern California Chapter of NECA, the ZNE Center celebrated its grand opening with great fanfare on May 30, 2013. Governor Jerry Brown cut the ribbon and gave an inspiring keynote address. In his remarks, the Governor proclaimed, “We need THOUSANDS of these buildings and that’s why I signed an executive order requiring buildings in California to meet energy efficiency guidelines by 2030.”

Heralded as a “game changer” for energy conservation and renewable energy the ZNE Center actually exceeds the State’s 2030 guidelines a whopping 17 years in advance. Additionally, the ZNE Center exceeds Federal energy conservation goals as outlined in the Obama administration’s “Better Buildings Challenge.”

IBEW-NECA chose a typical 1980’s energy hog to tackle perhaps similar to many buildings in your own or your client’s portfolio. They assembled an inter-disciplinary team of experts early and created a collaborative dynamic that far exceeded the typical design and construction process. Utilizing new technologies and innovative building design and construction methods, the ZNE Center team achieved a dramatic and unprecedented 75% reduction in energy use when compared to similar existing commercial buildings in the country. Please join us and hear directly from the ZNE Center team and see this remarkable building for yourself!

Moderated by: Dan Geiger, Executive Director of The US Green Building Council

Panelists Included

o Byron Benton, Training Director, Alameda County Joint Apprenticeship Committee

o Galen Grant, Principal, FCGA Architects

o Drew Radachy, Director of Science & Technology, NOVO Construction

o Michael Hummel –Sustainability Consultant, Environmental Building Strategies

March 20th Chapter Meeting - Branding and the Workplace

Motorola Mobility, Sunnyvale

The current conversation around branding and the workplace has gone far beyond environmental graphics and products display. As companies consider the value of linking brand and place more closely, the ability of the workplace to respond as an organizational asset becomes increasingly important. Simply put, workplace becomes not only a way to show what companies make, but also a means for revealing the culture and processes that enables their success.

Speakers: Audrey Tendell, Project Manager, the 5M project

Kristy Schmidt, Program Manager, Workplace Strategy, Autodesk

Moderator: Paul Schuette, Director of Planning and Strategies, Senior Associate, Perkins & Will

February 20th Chapter Meeting - Technology Trends and Applications

NetApp, Sunnyvale

The February meeting was held at NetApp in Sunnyvale. The program, entitled Technology Trends and Applications – Broad Impact Across the Real Estate Field, drew a crowd of approximately 150 people.

Michael Bangs, of Oracle moderated a diverse panel exploring how technology facilitates the delivery and tracking of a broad spectrum of real estate deliverables.

Panelists Included:
Charles Rechtsteiner, Business Integration Manager, Corporate Real Estate And Facilities At Autodesk
George Denise, Managing Director Of Cushman & Wakefield On Behalf Of Adobe Systems, Inc. View George Denise Presentation Here
Eric Raff, President Of XL Construction

Charles Rechsteiner shared how Autodesk is integrating its own technology into the planning, design, construction and management of the company’s portfolio. He shared the trends he sees including:

• BIM 360
• Mobile technology
• Reality capture
• BIM to O & M (operations and maintenance)
• Bi-directional exchange

Eric Raff reported on how XL is using BIM and other technologies:
• Integration
• Coordination and clash detection
• Analysis models
• Laser scanning
• 5D estimating
• 4D scheduling
• GPS layout
• Prefabrication of components
• Quality control
• Drawing coordination
• Communication
• 6D modeling (economics software shared with clients)

George Denise presented on Adobe System’s implementation of the Intelligent Building Interface System (IBIS) he developed with Cushman & Wakefield and the dramatic energy savings achieved. A year and a half ago, George lead the effort to create a prototype at Adobe Systems in which the facilities and real estate group acted as “guinea pigs” to test the concepts. They renovated one floor at their downtown San Jose headquarters using IBIS and the achieved such impressive results that the company is currently in the process of building out eight additional floors. The prototype entailed replacing hard-wall offices with open plan to meet the company’s revised needs for its younger workforce who prefer collaborative team spaces to the traditional private office configuration that matched the previous generation’s programmatic requirements. The space was equipped with advanced HVAC and lighting controls to enhance user satisfaction and reduce energy consumption. Early models predicted 25-35% savings and actual savings achieved a whopping 65% reduction. The meeting was followed by a cocktail hour where chapter members were able to meet and network. Thank you to NetApp for providing the venue and to the HP Associates team for managing the logistics.

January 16, 2014 - Annual Market Forecast

PG&E Auditorium, San Francisco 

This year, economists discussed the overall picture of the global, national, and local economies, followed by a panel of experts representing the CoreNet membership who will discuss how those economic trends will effect each of their respective businesses.

View the presentation notes here.

November 14, 2013 16th - Annual CRE Awards Dinner


John Lucas and George Denise Honored at
the Palace Hotel 16th Annual CRE Award Dinner

The CoreNet Global Northern California Chapter celebrated the 16th Annual CRE Executive and Service Provider of the Year Awards in grand style on November 14th. Over 550 members and guests gathered for the celebration the Palace Hotel in San Francisco where the Chapter honored the career achievements of John Lucas of Juniper Networks and George Denise of Cushman & Wakefield.

To view the videos for each honoree, and to enjoy a little fun with a special CRE "movie preview" featuring cameos from John and George, please visit the links below.

Video honoring CRE Executive of the Year John Lucas

Video honoring Service Provider of the Year George Denise

"Movie Preview" of Coterminus

October 17, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap - CEQA Reform Why it Matters to your Companies & Employers

Cadence, San Jose 

In this program panelists described in great detail the issues  that confront this initiative and provided information on how you and your companies can get active in supporting the movement.

Matt Regan, Vice President Government Relations, Bay Area Council

Shiloh Ballard, VP of Housing and Land Use for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Paul Campos, ESQ., SVP and General Council for the Building Association of Northern California.
David Smith, ESQ., Senior VP, DMB Pacific Ventures

September 25, 2013 Women of CoreNet Recap

"That's Not What I Meant!" How Women Undermine Themselves When Speaking Publicly 
Google Mountain View 

Drawing on observations from hundreds of coaching sessions across dozens of industries, the program highlighted three things that women do to damage their credibility when speaking publicly - and suggestions on how to fix them.

The presenter Carl Guess of Elevator Speech works regularly with senior executives - as well as management, legal, sales, and engineering teams - to help them communicate clearly and effectively with customers, boards of directors, the media, and employees. His recent coaching engagements include those at Avery Denison, Google, Founders Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sutter Health.

September 12, 2013 America's Cup Day on the Bay

This once-in-a-lifetime event celebrated the America's Cup - the oldest sailboat racing competition in the world. CoreNet members and their guests enjoyed two races from the ideal viewpoint at sea aboard the luxurious California Hornblower Yacht.  This could not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors

Herman Miller, Pivot, XL Construction and Alfatech

View the pictures from the event here!

August 15, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap

The 49ers Levi's Stadium: Silicon Valley's Newest Cutting Edge Structure - Program and Tours 

The Northern California Young Leaders organized this unique opportunity for the chapter at the new 49'er stadium. The 49ers professional football team has been part of the Bay Area's history and culture for decades and their new stadium is being constructed in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many members joined us for a full evening beginning with stadium tours and culminating with a diverse panel discussion highlighting the features of the new stadium and the impact on the community.

The event commenced at the Techmart Center in Santa Clara. The 49ers allowed us to host the networking mixer in their showroom where we were able to learn more about this exciting project. Additionally, they hosted two tours of the new stadium.  

July 18, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap - Innovative Integrated Infrastructure

Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale

Authored by: Jamie Ray, Contract Office Group (COG)
Photos by: Tom McCune, Kobalt Brands, Inc. / Kraido



Thomas Edison once said, “Waste is worse than loss.” In CoreNet’s monthly Chapter program, ARUP outlined how smart buildings of the future are not only waste-averse in their LEED certification, but more importantly “high performance” that integrate building systems. 

Integrating building systems, among other attributes, can be tied to occupancy and demand, continually providing data to Operations that adjust energy & technology accordingly. This becomes very attractive for the owner, the operator, and the occupant.

The value of Smart Buildings tells a very compelling and marketable story that:
  • Increase operational & energy efficiency
  • Lower life cycle cost
  • Lead the way globally in sustainable stewardship
  • Reduce construction cost in materials + labor
  • Improve the user experience, increase value of property

Cost savings can be realized not only with energy savings, but overall square footage reduction, as Smart Building’s data provides where and how much space users consume. Large conference rooms, for instance might be a standard, but are rarely utilized. By building technology into every project, the building and the occupant are not at odds, but work harmoniously together and maximum impact is achieved without unnecessary waste.

May 16, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap

Keys To Successful Outsourcing

Symantec, Mountain View

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The meeting started off with the presentation of a $10,000 check by Brian Talbot (CBRE), Community Reinvestment Committee (CRC) co-chair to the ACE Mentor Program from the Northern California Chapter. The funds were the result of this year’s CRC Fundraiser. A big thank you to all our members who participated. 

Dick Palomba, Founder and President of Corporate Planning Consultants explained that outsourcing has become a central part of most Corporate Real Estate (CRE) organizations today. Understanding how outsourcing has evolved in the past twenty years and what has worked and not worked is essential to a company’s successful operations. The focus of the presentation was on the importance of a strong strategic outsourcing relationship for CRE’s today. Dick covered the evolution of outsourcing, keys to a successful relationship, current trends/models and the role outsourcing will play in the future of CRE. The presentation also included:



  • Supply Dynamics

The New Models for Success are:

    A distinguished panel of Corporate Real Estate professionals and Service Providers discussed these models and how they create a successful outsourcing partnership

    Dick Palomba, President/Founder – Corporate Planning Consultants

    Chris Henderson, Sr. Director, WPR Global Delivery –Cisco Systems
    Matt Werner, Principal/Sr. Managing Director, GCS - CBRE
    Brian Collins – Director of Global Workplace Strategies - Microsoft

    The presentation can be downloaded here


    April 18, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap

    The Build America Challenge - Create American Jobs Without Hiring Anyone
    SuccessFactors, San Francisco


    Authored by: Ted Klaassen, Rutan & Tucker, LLP 

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    CoreNet Northern California Members Create American Jobs Without Hiring Anyone – The Build America Challenge 

    Our inspiring April meeting featured CoreNet Northern California members and sponsors who seized on a simple, yet profound, idea that has ignited a movement.  The premise: if commercial real estate professionals use just five percent more American-made labor and materials in their projects, they will create new American jobs and improve the economy.  Panelists Doug Bartl, of Oracle, Jessica Callahan, a project manager from Skyline Construction, and architect Win Roney, from ReelGrobman, decided to take this challenge on a recent commercial project with amazing results.  Panelist Deborah Pickens, from Mannington Commercial, attested to the positive impact of this movement on American manufacturers like Mannington.  These CoreNet members and sponsors did not stop with a single project; they decided to challenge others to create more American jobs by launching the Build America Challenge

    The build America movement started when Jake Lewendal, a home-builder in Bozeman, Montana, wondered what impact it would have on the economy if the building industry in the United States increased its use of American-made products by just five percent.  The answer is, the change would immediately create 220,000 new American jobs.  Lewendal then constructed an entire home using only American-made products, and it landed him on the national news.  Diane Sawyer profiled Lewendal and his “All-American Home” on the ABC evening news, which you can see here:

    Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kgIkvs4Xos

    Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkQXs_Tn7H4

    Back in Northern California, Oracle’s Bartl heard about the “All-American Home” and decided to apply the idea to a commercial real estate project.  He worked with Callahan and an architect from Roney’s team, and completed a three-floor tenant improvement project for Oracle in San Jose using 98 percent American-sourced materials.  The space was in warm shell condition, and the project consisted of general office space with perimeter offices and conference rooms and an open workspace on the interior.  Construction started in December 2012 and was completed by the end of February 2013.  According to Callahan, the team faced a number of obstacles in completing the challenge with no schedule or budget impact on the job.  Ultimately, product quality and a need to match existing building decor kept the project from being 100 percent American sourced.  But, the project exceeded the five percent challenge by large measure. More importantly, this project gave rise to the Build America Challenge, which the organizers hope more CoreNet members and their companies will take.  According to the Build America Challenge website, 20 new jobs have been created so far with a goal of 200 new jobs created by the end of 2013.  If you or your team are interested in picking up the challenge, American-made product lists and other important information can be found at www.buildamericachallenge.com.  Moderator Tom Crowley, of Skyline, said that a follow-up program is in the works to report back to the chapter members on the progress of the Build America Challenge.  In the meantime, he encourages CoreNet members to participate in the website, so the progress of the challenge and the number of jobs created can be tracked (and celebrated). 


    February 21, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap & CRC Fundraiser

    Attracting Top Talent: What Does an Up-And-Comer Look for From Today's Employer 
    Polycom, San Jose

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    Thank You To The Young Leaders Committee For Organizing An Engaging Program, Attracting Top Talent: What Does An Up-And-Comer Look For From Today's Employer? The Panel Discussed Work Behaviors, Motivators, And Demotivators In Regards To Technology, Professional Growth, Work Life Balance, And Work Environment. Panelists Included Jessica Hoffman, Jones Lang LaSalle, Melissa Pesci, ASD Architects, Michael Pereira, Polycom. Moderated By Antonia Cardone, HOK

    January 17, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap

    Annual Market Forecast
    Electronic Arts, Redwood City

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    The 2013 Market Forecast Was Moderated By Sven Pole, EVP Of Corporate Services At CBRE Inc And Included The Distinguished Panel Of:    
    · Dr. Lee Elliott, Head Of Economic Research For JLL EMEA
    · Ms. Brook Scott, Head Of Americas Occupier Research For CBRE
    · Mr. Hans Vrensen, Global Head Of Research For DTZ
    · Ms. Marina Sicola, Executive Managing Director Of Research With Cushman & Wakefield

    Download The Annual Forecast Meeting Presentation Slides Here.