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Robert Blakey

Senior Account Operations Manager

Global Workplace Solutions

Robert Blakey Senior Account Operations Manager
Global Workplace Solutions
Seattle 1420 5th Avenue
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98101



Robert is responsible for engineering services, energy efficiency, sustainability and operational best practices for Group Health Cooperative, a 3.1 million sq. ft. Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) operating 60 facilities throughout Washington State.  Program Management for engineering, staff development, energy efficiency upgrades, carbon footprint measurement, CAFM/IWMS technology deployment, commissioning, and operations planning for all facilities. This includes budget and financial reporting, communications with regulatory agencies, consultants and contractors, preventative maintenance programs and service, contracting, EnergySTAR program and LEED Existing Buildings; LEED Operations & Maintenance certification.

2004-2011 | Strategic Equity Associates, LLC
At Strategic Equity Associates, a consulting practice, Robert merged design and construction considerations with operations and maintenance priorities to provide clients with reasonable acquisition and construction costs plus efficient long-term operation and maintenance.  As Principal he assumed overall responsibility for business administration, marketing, program and project management, and risk analysis. He mentored and motivated business development manager, office manager, project coordinator and technical assistant.  He was recognized by clients as “Best in class” for an innovative comprehensive approach to life-cycle studies and their application to early project decision making.  He pioneered application of risk/benefit analysis to productivity valuation, applying value generation and waste reduction principles to construction projects.

2009-2011 | Director of Plant Operations & Safety Officer
Fairfax Hospital is a private, for profit, Behavioral Health Hospital with approximately 100 beds.  It provides transitional care and interim placement. It is a Joint Commission accredited facility. As DPO Robert assumed overall responsibility for supervision and management of day-to-day direction for all non-clinical services; facility maintenance & projects, bio-tech equipment, security, dietary services and housekeeping.  He managed the hospital-wide Safety program.  He insured compliance with Environment of Care, Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness standards of the Joint Commission.
1999-2004 | city of Seattle, Fleets & Facilities
Robert supervised a team of up to 12 crew chiefs, design professionals and contractors and oversaw the efforts of 50 staff.  He monitored projects involving building repair, remodel or maintenance across 130 properties. He established preventative maintenance and energy conservation programs. Robert reviewed labor costs, prepared cost estimates, and monitored expenditures; prepared unit budget, consultant contracts and public works documentation. He also prepared request for proposal (RFP) scope of work (SOW) statements.
1977-1999 | Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, District #1 Pacific Coast
United States Coast Guard licensed Chief Engineer for Steam, Motor or Gas Turbine Vessels of any horsepower (Unlimited).


Professional Affiliations And Accreditations

  • National Institute of Building Sciences, BuildingSMART Alliance, Board Member
  • International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories, Board Member
  • International Facilities Management Association
                 •  Research & Development Facilities Council, President  2009 - present
                 •  Seattle Chapter - Board Member
                 •  Facilities Management Professional (FMP) program - Accredited Instructor
                 •  Sustainable Facilities Professional (SFP) program - Accredited Instructor
  • Washington State Society for Healthcare Engineering
                 •   President-Elect, 2012-2013
                 •   Member of the Year Award, 2011
                 •  Puget Sound Chapter, President  2011
  • Renton Technical College, Instructor
  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering, Member
  • US Merchant Marine - Chief Engineer of Steam, Motor, or Gas Turbine Vessels of Any Horsepower
  • US Green Building Council - LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) O&M
  • American Hospital Association / American Society for Healthcare Engineering - Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM)
  • Association of  Energy Engineers
                •  Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
                •  Certified Sustainable  Development Professional (CSDP)
  • International Facility Management Association
                •  Certified Facility Manager (CFM)
                •  Facility Management Professional (FMP)
                •  Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP)
  • SAVE International - Associate Value Specialist (AVS)


  • California Coast University, Master of Science; Engineering Management
  • California Coast University, Bachelor of Science;Management
  • Seattle Community College, Associate of Applied Science; Marine Engineering
  • Seattle Community College, Associate of Science; Chemistry

Recent Projects

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
              •  Life-cycle Cost and Income analysis for $25M laboratory building planning study.
              •  Considered 5 options for renovation or renewal.  
              •  Also considered impact on ROI from increased research grant revenue.
  • Cornell University – Stocking Hall, Ithaca, NY
              •  Whole Building Life-Cycle Analysis during pre-design for $100M laboratory project. 
              •  Considered 5 different construction options for first cost total cost of ownership, and productivity
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Portland, OR
    Continuing consulting services for 5 years in Product and Services Development, and as a Market Specialist in the Healthcare sector of the Commercial Services Initiative. 
Robert Blakey Senior Account Operations Manager
Global Workplace Solutions
Seattle 1420 5th Avenue
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98101