Government/Industry Forum on Capital Facilities and Core Competencies

SUMMARY REPORT

Federal Facilities Council Report No. 136

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1998



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--> Government/Industry Forum on Capital Facilities and Core Competencies SUMMARY REPORT Federal Facilities Council Report No. 136 NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS Washington, D.C. 1998

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--> Notice The Federal Facilities Council (FFC) (formerly the Federal Construction Council) is a continuing activity of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Research Council (NRC). The purpose of FFC is to promote continuing cooperation between the sponsoring federal agencies and other agencies and organizations of the building community to advance building science and technology, particularly with regard to the design, construction, acquisition, evaluation, and operation of federal facilities. Currently, the following agencies sponsor FFC: Department of the Air Force, Office of the Civil Engineer Department of the Air Force, Air National Guard Department of Energy, Office of Associate Deputy Secretary of Field Management Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Department of State, Office of Foreign Buildings Operations Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Facilities Management Food and Drug Administration General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service Indian Health Service National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Facilities Engineering Division National Institutes of Health National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building and Fire Research Laboratory National Endowment for the Arts, Design Arts Program National Science Foundation Smithsonian Institution, Office of Facilities Services U.S. Public Health Service, Office of Management U.S. Postal Service, Facilities Department As part of its activities, the FFC periodically publishes reports that have been prepared by committees of government employees. Because these committees are not appointed by NRC, they do not make recommendations, and their reports are considered FFC publications rather than NRC publications. For further information on the FFC program or FFC reports, please write to: Director, Federal Facilities Council, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418 or visit the FFC home page on the Internet at http://www2.nas.edu/ffc.

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--> Contents 1   Introduction   1     Background   1     Purpose of the Forum   1     Organization of this Report   2     Forum Structure   2     Recurrent Themes and Identified Issues,   4 2   The Pressure on Infrastructure and Capital Projects in the Federal Government   8 3   The Business Stake in Effective Project Systems   11 4   Corporate Owners' Perspectives on Capital Facilities Engineering Functions and Core Competencies   15     General Motors Corporation's Worldwide Facilities Group   15     Amoco's Worldwide Engineering and Construction Division   21 5   Federal Owners' Perspectives on Capital Facilities Engineering Functions and Core Competencies   26     Department of the Navy, Installations and Environment   26     U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   29     General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service   32 Appendix A   The Forum Sponsors   36 Appendix B   Biographical Sketches of the Speakers   38

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