Is Your Building Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?

When people think of cybersecurity, they inevitably think about identity theft, strong passwords, national security and other common themes. What they might not consider, however, is the vulnerability of building systems and the potential damage a cyber attack could do. For government and commercial building owners alike, there are serious ramifications to this threat. Forbes contributor Benjamin Freas explores this unique cybersecurity topic in a new article:

“For several years, information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have been converging. In commercial buildings, building automation systems (BASs) are trending toward more IT integration as building owners and facility managers see the value the technology creates. However, this increasing connection and interconnection of building systems also exposes them to malicious attacks from cyber criminals [continue reading]…”

Concerned about your building’s security? Contact NIKA’s Enterprise Technology specialists for more information about how you can protect your building, its systems and occupants from cyber threats.

NIKA Awarded $1M Department of Veterans Affairs Contract

Maryland Architecture and Engineering Firm Hired to Design $31M Outpatient Clinic

Rockville, MD, October 27, 2016 —  NIKA, a global provider of architecture, engineering, facilities and operations and maintenance solutions to government, was recently awarded a $1M contract to design the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA)  new South Hillsborough Outpatient Clinic in Riverview, Fl. Located at the intersection of US HWY 301 and Summerfield Crossings Blvd., the facility will comprise approximately 50,000 square feet of net usable area and be a prominent anchor within the regional veteran community.
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NIKA’s Kabir Chaudhary Named Finalist for GovStar Award

Rockville, MD, October 11, 2016 —  Washington SmartCEO recently named NIKA CEO Kabir Chaudhary as a finalist for the 2016 GovStar Awards in the Industry Star Medium category. The GovStar Awards celebrate Washington-area government contractors that have demonstrated excellence in the complex and competitive government contracting sector. The 2016 GovStar finalists collectively generate more than $6.5 billion in annual revenue and employ more than 27,000 individuals in Greater Washington. This year’s finalists will be profiled in the November/December issue of Washington SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on November 21, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Reston.
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How the TPP Could Hurt America’s Working Professionals

The Case Against Chapter 15 of the TPP

NIKA Executive Vice President Chip Denman has written an illuminating white paper that explores the potentially damaging effect of the TPP on U.S. subject matter experts (SMEs) and the companies that employ them. Specifically, this short paper examines how Chapter 15, which deals with government procurement, may reduce SME salaries and eliminate the competitive advantage that U.S. companies currently enjoy for lucrative federal government contracts.

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Lorenza “Pete” Peterson Joins NIKA as Director of Program Management

Rockville, MD, June 30, 2016/ —  NIKA, a global provider of architecture, engineering, facilities and operations and maintenance solutions to government, announced today that Lorenza “Pete” Peterson has joined the firm as the firm’s Director of Program Management, where he will work to optimize the structure, planning, analysis, and performance of client programs and projects. NIKA’s Program Management division supports clients throughout the project lifecycle with project managers, quality assurance managers, and technical managers.
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USACE Awards NIKA $10.28M Task Order to Provide AESR Services at New Army Hospital

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 26, 2016 — Rockville, Md.-based NIKA has been awarded a four-year, $10.28 million task order by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to serve as the Architect Engineer Support Representative (AESR) on the construction of the new Weed Army Community Hospital (WACH) at Fort Irwin, Ca. This 216,000 square foot state-of-the-art healthcare facility will support soldiers and military families at the National Training Center (NTC). Under this task order, NIKA will provide experienced multidisciplinary personnel and full-time, onsite representatives to oversee major medical construction, including the Principal, Program Manager, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Structural Engineer, Civil Engineer, Low Voltage Systems Electrical Engineer, Cost Estimator, Commissioning Manager, and Master Scheduler.
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