FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
When power transformers fail, the effects on plant operations can be debilitating. The production gets interrupted, everything grinds to a halt and the effects on the bottom line can be immediate and devastating. This can put a lot of pressure on those in charge of getting operations back up to full-speed.
Gyms and fitness facilities are an increasingly popular addition to a range of public and private buildings. From apartment complexes to office towers, a fitness center is a headline amenity now viewed as a necessity rather than a luxury.
With a new year comes new resolutions, disruptors and trends. This will especially ring true in the payments space, which boasts one of the biggest growth markets in the world – fintech. Research estimates that global fintech solution usage is currently at 33 percent and is expected to increase to 52 percent in 2018.
With high-energy-use equipment, an HVAC system that must run flawlessly day and night, and buildings that never go dark, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) was one of the biggest energy hogs on the University of Maryland campus as well as one of the most difficult to make more energy efficient.
When it was time to improve the condition of a medical facility’s parking garage, owners looked for the best LED technology that would provide extended luminaire life with no compromise in performance quality. They sought to find an LED system that would both lower energy consumption and reduce maintenance.
Since 2009, the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been implementing a multiphase energy efficiency program. The primary contractor, Johnson Controls, brought in partner Optimum Energy to perform an ESA, which proved that optimizing the chiller plants across the campus would deliver significant energy savings.
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.
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LEDtronics® announces its new All-Weather, UL-Listed Filament-look LED String Lights that answer the demands for brilliant, mood-setting lighting with all the benefits of energy-efficient LED technology.
The new UV-C Fixture Installation Kit from UV Resources provides extruded aluminum vertical supports designed to speed contractor installation of Ultraviolet Germicidal Lamps in HVAC/R systems.
To safeguard the health of building occupants, nearby personnel and even individuals innocently passing nearby, HVAC professionals that install chiller systems with cooling towers are seeking solutions that reduce the chance of spreading the potentially deadly Legionella bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease.
Air curtain manufacturer Powered Aire Inc. announces its newest innovation – the Auto-PILOT™, an intelligent, factory programmed touchpad that replaces mechanical controls needed for air curtain operation.
Combi-Cam, A division of FJM Security Products, introduces a new combination cam lock with manager key override that offers higher security with a flush mount and ratcheting knob. The deadlocking combination feature allows dials to be scrambled while lock is open and then simply turn knob to secure lock.
The Wi-Fi transmitter sends a wireless signal to almost any handheld device. Then by using the custom downloaded APP, the user can see and record video. Once a video is recorded, the user can share it via the internet or download it to a computer.