FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Recycling of old RFPs is a situation many facility managers find themselves in. Submitting RFPs and then evaluating them as they are returned, interviewing vendors, and then comparing RFPs, is a time-consuming process. So, if they can cut a few corners by reprocessing an old RFP, it helps make the process move along a bit faster.
For building and facility owners or managers striving to meet fire and safety codes, new “dual technology” exit signs are combining the efficiency of LED lighting with revolutionary new photoluminescent materials to increase reliability and performance over decades of use.
It is essential to look at the various reasons payments are late, rather than just assuming the typical “check’s in the mail” excuse. In today’s market, there are many payment solutions; a single payment option won’t meet the needs of a diverse range of residents and will leave potential revenue on the table.
Too often, when educational facilities look to add unique or architecturally impactful buildings on campus, restrictive fire codes put a damper on designs or threaten to significantly increase costs and compromise functionality. However, Clemson University, which recently constructed a new state-of-the-art home for its 2016 NCAA championship football team, was able to rethink conventional wisdom with a radical, more flexible approach to fire code interpretations.
Scientific research labs represent a huge portion of the energy demand of a university campus: in many cases, as much as two-thirds of a campus’ energy use can be attributed to research labs. While it may seem clear that labs would be a great place to start when looking to go greener and reduce energy demand, the difficulty of doing so without sacrificing safety can often pose a roadblock.
Even before Amtrak began the renovation of the National Guard Building, which would become its new 82,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Washington DC, the national railroad was determined to create a state-of-the-art facility. Its goal was to create one of the most modern and sophisticated telecommunications systems available.
In an effort to reduce maintenance and streamline the cleaning and protective process for the building’s more than 11,000 square-feet of terrazzo flooring, the City of Henderson sought an efficient long-term solution.
Ranked three times in the Top 100 “Most Wired Hospitals in America” with the most advanced computer systems, according to Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, Major Health Partners relies on state-of-the-art technology to provide quality care. The Alerton Ascent building management system they rely on helps MHP save close to $360,000 in energy costs annually.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The St. Jude campus comprises 66 acres with more than 5-million-square-feet of building space, over half of which is dedicated to research; operating and maintaining these facilities is a daunting challenge.
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Garland was recently awarded its first ever Cleveland Tech Award for the development of its Roof Builder app that allows customers to virtually build a roof. The app not only allows customers to see exactly how a roof is constructed, but has also provided users with a greater understanding of roof systems in general.
General Pipe Cleaners’ rugged, all-metal Kinetic Water Ram™ quickly clears clogged drains with the power of compressed air. Fifty years of technological advancements and refinements have kept this futuristic drain cleaner a dependable tool for anyone who wants to clear clogged drains fast.
Ruskin® introduces the XP500WD wind-driven rain FEMA louver, the first louver to provide both FEMA impact protection and Class A wind-driven rain protection.
Zurn’s EZ1 drain is available in cast iron or plastic and is shipped complete and ready to install out of the box. Zurn’s EZ1 drain is available in cast iron or plastic and is shipped complete and ready to install out of the box. The system provides exceptional jobsite flexibility and is designed for reliability.
nora systems, Inc. is pleased to relaunch norament® grano, a premium rubber floor covering that brings the classic tradition of Italian terrazzo tiles to interior spaces.
The newly updated GROHE Rapid SL in-wall carrier systems provide the freedom to design the ultimate bathroom with a secure and quick method of installing wall-hung toilets in residential and commercial applications.