NIKA Awarded $25M IDIQ Contract for OCONUS Medical Facilities Support Services (MFSS II) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Rockville, MD, August 5, 2019/ —  NIKA, a global provider of facility life cycle solutions announced that it has been awarded its first full and open contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). NIKA will provide general project support services, facility operations and maintenance support, facility support services, project development support services, commissioning, occupancy support services, and facilities system support for Department of Defense (DoD) medical facilities located outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS), specifically Japan, Korea, Italy, Germany and Hawaii. This indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded by USACE is worth $25M with a two-year base and three one-year options for a total of five years.

“By earning a spot on the MFSS II contract, we expand our ability to provide our diverse facility life cycle services to federal agencies,” said retired Lt. Col. Pete Peterson, Executive Vice President of Facilities Operations Management at NIKA. “The MFSS II contract vehicle will give agencies quick and affordable access to NIKA’s professional subject matter experts. We’re proud to continue our legacy of supporting mission-critical medical facilities across the globe.” NIKA’s Facilities Operations Management division provides operations and maintenance, base operations support, and facility support services for managing complex facilities and government buildings.

Under this contract, NIKA is able to provide services in a variety of functional areas, including inpatient facilities support, clinical area support, and ancillary support in areas such as warehousing, power plants, transition and space planning. As a current contract holder on MFSS I, NIKA is well-positioned to transition into the new contract vehicle.

About NIKA
NIKA delivers comprehensive services and solutions to support the full life cycle of facilities. For more than two decades, the Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies, as well as commercial and higher education institutions, have trusted NIKA to design, build, operate, and manage their real property. By combining facilities operations management, engineering, and architecture services, we provide value and expertise for complex and mission critical facilities. Headquartered in Rockville, MD with offices in San Antonio, TX, NIKA helps clients enhance operational excellence in locations around the globe.

 

For more information about NIKA, please visit http://www.nikasolutions.com.

 

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NIKA Raises More than $15K in Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Breast Cancer Awareness at NIKA – Together We Are Stronger

Did you know that breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States? Each year, it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die. Here at NIKA, we want to help change that.

This October, we once again partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research, as well as provide funding support for those facing this all too common disease. This year, NIKA staff donated a total of $7,531, which was matched by NIKA corporate for a total donation of $15,062, beating last year’s fundraiser by more than 40%!

In addition to our fundraiser, we’ve been “thinking pink” with a calendar full of themed activities, giveaways, and commemorations designed to raise awareness and show all people affected by this disease how much we care. Thank you to all who donated and participated – we know that TOGETHER, WE ARE STRONGER!

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NIKA Announces New Industry Speaker Series

NIKA is pleased to announce that we are introducing a new Speaker Series designed for facilities industry professionals. Thought leaders and subject matter experts will share their ideas, explore hot industry trends, demonstrate new technologies, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other industry peers and experts in a great networking environment, while taking valuable information back to their organization.

The first event in the Speaker Series, “Finding Hidden Opportunities Using the Value Methodology,” will be presented by Jeff Rude, a consultant, facilitator, and value specialist who helps organizations in the public and private sector manage and improve the value of their projects and ongoing operations. He is experienced in design and construction, product and service innovation, strategic investments, and cash flow optimization.

The event will be held on May 10th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at our NIKA headquarters in Rockville, MD. Seats are limited, so register today by emailing events@nikasolutions.com.

Download event details for more information.

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NIKA Takes Top Honors in Architectural Design Competition

Architects from Rockville, MD Design Firm Win First Prize in the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge

Rockville, MD, March 19, 2018/ —  NIKA, a global provider of facility life cycle solutions, was named the winner in the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge, an international architectural design competition sponsored by Bee Breeders. Competitors were challenged to design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Sydney, Australia, which could be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and was minimal in its use of land and materials.

Architects Tae Jung, Pauline Sipin, Hazel Ventura, and Diana Lopez from the NIKA Creative Lab delivered an innovative design solution that not only addressed the need for affordable housing in Sydney, but also offered an beautiful space that would blend seamlessly with the aesthetic of the city. Said team leader Tae Jung, “Our entry, titled ‘Bridging Affordable Housing,’ uses a modular design approach that is both flexible and scaleable, promoting inclusivity and sustainability in its concept. We wanted to create a unique plan that would allow young professionals to continue to live, work, and play in a city that has become increasingly unaffordable for most. ”

According to the jury, NIKA’s winning entry succeeded in “…offering Sydney both a new housing network and a network of green spaces. ‘Bridging Affordable Housing’ is comprised of a simple module: a structural bridge pier with decking that contains prefabricated housing units topped by a green roof. The proposal recalls the re-purposed railways that have become NYC’s successful Highline or Paris’ Coulée verte’. One can imagine this new elevated linear housing/park snaking through Sydney organically, growing from multiple locations and eventually merging like connective tissue within the city.”

The work is a product of the new NIKA Creative Lab, which is NIKA’s dedicated research and design program formed to promote the firm’s innovative and imaginative approach to solving complex architectural challenges. NIKA’s architects and engineers work to develop a strong understanding of the needs of our evolving society, and design creative architectural solutions that enhance the world in which we live. Different from the conventional A+E work studio, the NIKA Creative Lab is a rich testing ground for out-of-the-box ideas, fresh perspectives, and unique approaches that will serve as a springboard into the future.

Kabir Chaudhary, NIKA’s President & CEO, commented: “We are all incredibly proud of the creative and innovative work being done by our team. Winning the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge is just the first step in showing the world what we can do to marry form and function in an artful way.”

 

About NIKA

NIKA is revolutionizing how businesses and governments design, build and manage real property. By combining architecture, engineering, enterprise technology, and facilities operations management services all under one roof, we are able to provide unparalleled value to our clients. With two decades of experience serving organizations across the world, NIKA provides exceptional client service that is designed to enhance operational excellence and readiness while meeting mission objectives.

For more information about NIKA, please visit http://www.nikasolutions.com.

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NIKA Donates More than $10K to Help Fight Breast Cancer

NIKA is excited to announce that we have met and exceeded our goal of raising $5,000 to help fight breast cancer! More than 60 people donated $5230 during our #Pinktober Susan G. Komen fundraiser and NIKA has made their own $5000 matching donation, for a total of $10,230!

As the world’s largest and most impactful breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen supports more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.

We’re sending out a special thank you to the more than 50% of NIKA employees who made donations for this very worthy cause.

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Business Intelligence Solutions for Effective Energy and Water Management

Energy and water management is a critical component of maintaining a successful and efficient facility portfolio. Healthcare facilities use enormous amounts of energy and water, and they require complex systems to provide continuous care. Each of those systems generates important information that can be used to drive actionable conservation strategies that enhance day-to-day operations. In order to harness the power of that data, however, facility owners must be prepared to shed outdated processes and implement innovative business intelligence (BI) measures that will help usher these properties into the future.

At NIKA, we are innovating and improving upon the data collection process and, more importantly, the means by which to analyze that data. By taking organizations out of the dark ages of spreadsheets and packaged reports, we are able to implement fully functional BI tools that have the ability to create a baseline of information, track trends, monitor performance changes, and guide maintenance programs.

NIKA starts with data warehousing, a process that includes conducting client meetings, whiteboarding options, configuring dataflows, and ultimately coming together to build a custom solution that meets each client’s unique needs. We gather data from public, private, and proprietary sources to build solutions and identify any critical holes in the data.

Data quality is an important factor that is often overlooked. Reports and analytics are useless if they are built on faulty or incomplete information. While typically used in the business world to measure performance, we’ve found that a “scorecard” can be a dynamic and effective tool for measuring data quality, as well. These scorecards can highlight gaps or anomalies in data that must be resolved before moving forward.

Once data quality has been verified or remedied, the process moves forward to the exciting part – the big payoff!

While the overarching goal of this type of project is to create a baseline of information and track trending and performance changes, the beauty of a powerful BI tool is its ability to adapt and give more.  For example, if a single utility bill is identified as being substantially higher at one facility than those around it, we can then investigate the issue to determine if there are unique variables, faulty equipment, or other factors. In one instance, the NIKA scorecard helped a government client identify a recurring typo on an automated energy bill that resulted in overspending by close to one million dollars over the course of a year. With the power of our BI tool, not only were we able to spot this outlier, but instantly pull up the underlying documents and show them how the error had been occurring so the client could demand a refund.

Business intelligence solutions provide at-a-glance representations of energy and water consumption and cost over time at a given facility, helping energy program managers identify opportunities for energy efficiency and improved building performance. See an immediate impact on your ability to save money, comply with regulations, take advantage of energy incentives, increase system efficiency, prolong the effective life of systems, and promote environmental stewardship.

Contact NIKA to discuss how we can unlock your company’s data with a detailed business intelligence solution.

 

 

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NIKA’s Tae Jung to Speak at Center for Health Design Event

Tae Jung, NIKA Vice President, A/E ServicesNIKA Vice President of Architecture and Engineering Tae Jung has been invited to speak at a Center for Health Design event titled, “Behavioral Health – Strategic Facility Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line” on September 26, 2017.

The event, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA, is a one day interactive, collaborative, problem-solving workshop intended to enable design professionals to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health.

As an expert in the field of healthcare facility design, Jung will join a panel of other thought leaders who will address specific strategies and design methodologies for effective, state-of-the art behavioral health facilities.

For more information and to RSVP for this event, visit The Center for Health Design event page.

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NIKA Designs Interiors for New Bowie State Science Center

Rockville, MD, June 22, 2017/PRNewswire/ —  NIKA, a global provider of architecture, engineering, and facilities  operations  management solutions, teamed with Perkins + Will, for the construction of a new 149,000 SF Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Nursing Building at Bowie State University (BSU). Under a University of Maryland contract for furniture, fixtures and equipment services (FF&E), NIKA was responsible for schematic design, construction documents, specification, layouts, material procurement assistance, and scheduling and overseeing all deliveries and installs.

According to a recent Washington Post article, “The 149,000-square-foot center is filled with sunlight and bright colors and state-of-art touches, such as the dynamic glass that automatically tints. It houses classrooms designed to help students learn from each other and learn together. The center — open, transparent and accessible — represents not only a commitment to those pursuing degrees in science and related fields, but also to a more collaborative way of learning.”

During the design phase, NIKA conducted meetings with end users, collected data, and specified equipment, providing comprehensive equipment schedules and cutsheets as well as complete equipment floor plan drawings. In the procurement phase of the project, NIKA was instrumental in ensuring all paperwork and specifications were accurate in order to transition to a seamless construction administration phase where NIKA worked with the facilities team to plan and coordinate delivery schedules and placement.

The BSU Science Center project is representative of the unique healthcare and institutional design expertise delivered to NIKA clients.

BSU held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 9th to celebrate the opening of this stunning facility, designed to promote innovation in collaborative teaching and research.

About NIKA

NIKA is revolutionizing how businesses and governments design, build and manage real property. By combining architecture, engineering, enterprise technology, and facilities operations management services all under one roof, we are able to provide unparalleled value to our clients. With nearly two decades of experience serving organizations across the world, NIKA provides exceptional client service that is designed to enhance operational excellence and readiness while meeting mission objectives.

For more information about NIKA, please visit http://www.nikasolutions.com.

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