FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
School administrators have known for years that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a negative impact on the health and performance of students, teachers and all other staff. And, according to the Asthma Initiative of Michigan (AIM), one of the many triggers of asthma, especially for children, is the cleaning solutions normally used to maintain schools.
For today’s building operators, a well-designed BAS works the way they do – quickly and remotely. In many organizations, the facility department is staffed with fewer people than the departments of 10 years ago, and it is not unusual for those who work in the department to come to their positions with less experience in building systems, so building operators are expected to do more with less.
Facilities managers continue to struggle with budget limitations, and attempting a quick fix can often overshadow return on investment strategies. The rental of throw down mats for building entrances may seem like it would save money, but may not do so in the long run.
When you step inside the Christopher Newport University (CNU) Student Success Center in Newport News, Virginia, it is nearly impossible to miss the stunning glass floor system overhead. Its circular shape draws the eye upward to the building’s distinctive dome, while transparent glass panels allow light to stream to the lower levels, adding depth and dimension to the optical environment.
Texas Children’s Hospital is an internationally recognized full-care pediatric hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Building upon Aircuity-designed energy savings achieved at the Feigin Center, Texas Children’s hospital designed Aircuity into a new state-of-the-art research facility – the 13-story, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) building.
The German School in Washington D.C. required an expansion due to rising enrollment rates and the school’s desire to give graduates the competitive edge with experience with state-of-the-art science equipment and technology.
Lecture halls often conjure up images of teachers, scribbling pens and ticking wall clocks – not students in dance shoes, theater costumes or choir robes. But at Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Connecticut, the latter might be more appropriate.
To ensure optimum fire detection in its large atrium, the impressive new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse has installed four Fireray beam smoke detectors from FFE.
NeverFade® is a water-based, low-VOC exterior coating. It contains Kynar Aquatec® resin, a tough, engineering thermoplastic that maintains high stability when exposed to harsh thermal, chemical and ultraviolet environments.
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After years of dedicated research and development, Master Lock, the world leader in locker lock technology, has unveiled its new Electronic Built-In Locker Lock. The Master Lock Electronic Built-In Locker Lock elevates the experience for both facility managers and users with its modern design, advanced performance and low maintenance.
Espen Technology has launched a new line of linear LED module retrofit kits, for any fixtures with T8, HO, VHO, T5HE and T5HO lamps. The module retrofit kits are available in 2′, 3′, and 4′ lengths. The module kits provide full illumination of the retrofitted fixture, while each module kit contains Espen drivers and modules, ensuring high quality, service life, and end user ROI.
Geerpres® has a history of providing innovative cleaning products and supplies for healthcare, building service contractors, and EVS teams (Environmental Services). New to the lineup is the Geerpres® Linen Hamper, which features an unbreakable lid, a virtually silent “soft” and hands-free close, and the durability Geerpres® is known for.
Garland’s newest, patent-pending innovation, R-Mer® Force, has completely transformed the way edge metal is installed, offering unmatched protection for the roof’s perimeter all while saving building owners time and money.
Air Cycle announces the release of their new Bulb Eater® 3L fluorescent lamp crushing system. The Bulb Eater® 3L technology makes it easier for businesses to be environmentally conscious while saving time and money.
Hager Companies, a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial and residential door hardware products, announces the release of its new On-Board Delayed Egress. The fire & life safety code compliant device provides a secure locking system that temporarily prevents doors from being opened from the egress side.