NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Governments around the nation, like corporations, are challenged to do more with less. One innovative state, Tennessee, is seeking to achieve greater efficiencies across 10.5 million square feet of its real estate portfolio. To drive the most advanced assessment and implementation of portfolio strategy of any state known to date, Tennessee selected commercial real estate leader Jones Lang LaSalle to provide comprehensive facility management services for its state-owned and leased office facilities throughout Tennessee. This facilities management partnership is expected to save the State an estimated $50 million over the next five years. "In our ongoing efforts to enhance Tennessee's government, we are implementing new strategies that allow the State to reduce costs and improve the work environment for our employees," said Steve Cates, Department of General Services Commissioner, State of Tennessee. "Real estate represents a significant opportunity to improve efficiency, enhance performance and save taxpayer dollars." The State's objectives in outsourcing facility management services are to:
Reduce operating costs
Improve the quality and timeliness of services
Implement "best in class" real estate practices
Provide continuous innovation and leadership
Provide scalable and flexible energy and sustainability solutions for state buildings
Jones Lang LaSalle was hired in 2012 to assist in the implementation of Commissioner Cates' vision to reduce the state's real estate portfolio by more than one million square feet. Jones Lang LaSalle completed an in-depth facility assessment of 33 state buildings, covering 4.6 million square feet. A master occupancy plan also was completed, which contained recommendations for more efficient use and operation of state real estate. The plan identified under- and over-utilized properties and included recommendations to optimize the short- and long-term capital asset program. The State launched Transforming Tennessee for Tomorrow (T3) – to move approximately 14,000 employees from expensive or outdated office space into more efficient and improved buildings. This program has resulted in updated office space, increasing employee productivity by significantly improving the work environment.