Doris Wasson of Owens Realty Services and associated CREW Orlando Members Recognized with Outstanding Networking Achievement of the Year Award

October 03, 2017

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Doris Wasson, LCAM, CFM, LEED AP O+M, (pictured at extreme left) of Owens Realty Services was honored with the Outstanding Networking Achievement of the Year Award at the CREW Orlando’s Celebration of Champions – Roaring 20’s Gala & Casino at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on November 3, 2017.


The award was presented to Ms. Wasson in recognition of her leadership in the project management of Orlando City Hall’s energy management upgrades and renovations. Working with the City’s representatives, Laurie Botts and Laura Carroll, Ms. Wasson and the team are involved a complete energy modification for City Hall, requiring the relocation of the building occupants.  Ms. Wasson and Ms. Carroll secured funding for below ceiling renovations in consort with the above ceiling energy related work; including wall movement, flooring, painting, furniture and millwork.  A swing space was created on the ninth floor out of what had been conference room space.


Following a successful audit to identify and develop Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) for twenty-seven City owned buildings, TLC Engineering (Tara Bleakley) was retained in 2014 to perform a complete energy audit of the nine story, 265,000 SF City Hall.  TLC Engineering presented their findings and provided proposals for Facility Improvement Measurements (FIMS); recommendations on implementing a new building automation system (BAS); and to identify and implement Energy Conservation Measures (ECM’s) with the goal of capturing operational cost savings.


Starting in 2014, working with her CREW associates, Ms. Wasson bid out the needed services and then engaged Spectra Contract Flooring (Libby Wingard) to help guide the City's Real Estate group in selecting new carpet standards for City Hall.  Spectra was contracted to supply and install new carpet tile for City Hall in keeping with the City's performance expectations.  This work has been on-going in phases since early 2016 and will be completed in 2019.  When completed, Spectra will have installed 9,600 SY (86,400 SF) of carpet tile in the open office areas.  Additionally, Spectra was awarded the contracts for additional, smaller renovation projects in City Hall. 


To organize the move with the least amount of disruption to the City Hall occupants, Patterson Pope (Bonnie Nienhuis) was contracted to relocate existing high-density mobile storage units on the affected floors.  This involved a re-design of the existing systems to assure that they fit and functioned within the new floor plan.  To facilitate the multi-phase moves, Patterson Pope provided equipment to make the relocation as painless as possible. 


During the public space renovation phase of City Hall, Ms. Wasson, Laurie Botts and Laura Carroll of the City, and TLC Engineering (the engineers of record) to contact with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting (Dorrie Knizatko) for a design proposal, who ultimately re-designed the first floor Permitting Division to create a more functional operation; redesigned the second floor which included modernizing the outdated electronic media systems in the Council Chambers, and the third floor executive space.   Little continued their work by engaging CDS (Amy Gordon) for research and design assistance for the furniture and fixtures for these areas.  


When the renovations are complete, the Orlando City Hall will have been modernized literally from deck to deck; creating a 21st century energy efficient environment.

CREW Members Involved:

Owens Realty Services – Property Mgmt. Co. for Orlando City Hall

Doris Wasson


 City of Orlando, Florida

Laurie Botts

Laura Carroll


TLC Engineering

Tara Bleakely


 Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

Dorrie Knizatko

Spectra Contract Flooring

Libby Wingard


Patterson Pope

Bonnie Nienhuis


 Commercial Design Services

Amy Gordon


Owens Realty Services provides commercial real estate services for approximately 20 million square feet of commercial real estate and $10 billion in real estate asset net worth.  Services include; investment property management, public sector facility management, facility maintenance, arena maintenance, commercial sales and leasing brokerage, as well as janitorial maintenance services. The company employs approximately 1,000 real estate industry professionals throughout the United States.


 CREW Orlando is the local chapter of CREW Network comprised of over 70 affiliate organizations across the globe representing over 10,000 individual members. This association was formed to attract the most powerful and influential professionals in the commercial real estate industry. While the overall purpose and goals of the chapters are similar to those of the CREW Network, “advancing women in commercial real estate,” each chapter has its own unique structure and framework, allowing it to meet the needs of its individual members and marketplace. Each chapter has its own membership criteria, sets its own dues, and schedules its own programs and member activities.