FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Hospitals and healthcare facilities utilize a significant amount of energy to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients, staff and visitors. To streamline efficiencies, reduce operating costs and increase revenue, many are making the switch to LED technologies.
For facility managers of malls, grocery stores, and other large commercial buildings, ensuring safety and preventing slip and fall litigation can come down to documenting that their walkway surfaces meet safe standards in terms of available traction, particularly when wet – when falls are more likely.
Most facility managers have no idea how much water they’re wasting through their HVAC systems. Fortunately, cutting this waste is a happy byproduct of optimizing HVAC systems to reduce energy consumption and costs. Improving the efficiency of a central plant’s HVAC system, including automating components for real-time optimal performance, can cut chiller water use by thousands of gallons.
When creating the new Forest Park Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX, the owners envisioned a health care facility that was designed to address the entire wellbeing of its surgical patients. This meant focusing on an aesthetic that had the capability to reduce stress and diffuse anxiety for patients and their families while providing efficiency for the staff.
The New York City subway system has been specifying nora® premium rubber flooring for its rail cars since the early 1990s. Today, every one of its 6,418 subway cars (approximately 3.8 million square feet of floor space) is covered by norament® rubber flooring.
Enhancing Patient Satisfaction with Significant Savings Using Architectural Finishes at Regions Hospital
To improve patient satisfaction, HealthPartners Regions Hospital decided to refurbish several patient care units. As planning got underway, the team faced some logistical challenges: replacing doors and cabinets was cost prohibitive, and the rooms could not be out of working order for extended periods of time.
Baylor University, a private college in Waco, Texas, had a typical chiller plant – it was a hodgepodge of equipment. The major problem was that the plant was managed manually. Kenneth Haltom, who manages Baylor’s energy services through a partnership with Aramark, and his team suspected that chiller plant optimization would be the best way to increase efficiency and reduce related costs.
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore serves hundreds of thousands of patients a year. UMMC administrators planned to add a Shock Trauma Center to provide specialized care for patients who are critically injured or ill. To achieve the expansion of heating and cooling capabilities, facilities staff at UMMC selected three Carrier chillers and one heat recovery chiller.
UW Health’s University Hospital in Madison, Wis., sought to reduce noise and improve the patient and staff experience in its newly renovated, 18-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU). Installing an ergonomic healthcare flooring product provided the solution.
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Optimum Energy and Belimo Automation AG are advancing innovative HVAC optimization solutions through a licensing deal that provides Belimo with Optimum Energy’s recently patented IoT technologies for smart valves.
Cementex, the safety tool specialists, announces the availability of fully non-conductive fiberglass measuring tools. Because they are fiberglass and not wood, these measuring tools are not affected by environmental changes – even if they get wet, they will not change shape.
Popular, powerful Jet-Set® electric, gas and trailer water jets from General Pipe Cleaners slice through grease, sludge, sand, and ice stoppages that many cable drain cleaners can’t clear!
The Garland Company’s line of high-performance roof membrane solutions combines two key factors: cutting-edge innovations and a proven track record of protecting building assets.
To expand security glazing options in fire conditions, Technical Glass Products (TGP) and The LTI Group are now working together to offer Pilkington Pyrostop® laminated to School Guard Glass®. The fire-rated, forced entry and bullet-resistant transparent wall panel is designed to help delay intruders while maintaining a high level of safety in schools and education facilities.
Mats Inc. today introduced its newest adaptation of the most sustainable multipurpose sports flooring, with additional features and colors inspired by the latest trends for school sports teams. The new MultiLino™ collection offers the same professional sports performance and durability with a new lower cost and lighter weight materials for quicker installation.