Andrew Nye, Chief, Facilities Management Services at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, leads the initiative to transform the approach to office space management at UN headquarters in New York City. Through sharing lessons learned with facility managers in the UN system and other international public-sector organizations across the world, this traditional sector has now opened itself up to cutting-edge workspace environments.
In 2013, Andrew saw that the recently completed $2Bn renovation of the UN headquarters campus had installed state-of-the-art building infrastructure yet office space use followed an inefficient 20th century hierarchical model. After piloting unassigned seating in a variety of space types and zones with an enthusiastic pioneer group, Andrew’s team demonstrated the benefits including financial gains and built a compelling case for transformation. Other recent efficiency changes Andrew and his team have introduced include: SAP Real Estate, LED lamping, exploration of green roofs and solar panels, and improved service delivery through right-sizing of insourcing and outsourcing.
Andrew holds an MBA and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and came to facility management in the new millennium from a background of more than 20 years in the television broadcast and international news industry as an engineer, video producer editor, and operations manager.