FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Lab research facilities are energy intense building types due to the vast amounts of 100% outside air required. With today’s concerns over high-energy expenses, reducing carbon footprints, plus efforts to make facilities green and provide a better indoor environment, reducing both new and existing lab and vivarium facility energy expenses has become a critical challenge.
In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that computing power would increase exponentially – doubling every two years. This rule, known as Moore’s Law, has held true for several decades and translates into a breathtaking pace of change. Moore wasn’t thinking of buildings or construction projects when he came up with this insight, but such rapid advances in technology have wide-ranging impacts.
Artificial lighting cannot compare with the aesthetics and sustainable design of bright natural daylight in indoor gyms, sports arenas, and recreational spaces. Daylighting not only enhances the function and beauty of these venues for students, athletes, and spectators, but also makes viewing clearer and colors truer.
A new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study involving 196 cooling towers nationwide found that 84 percent contained Legionella DNA, indicating that the dangerous bacteria that causes a severe, even fatal type of pneumonia were present or had been at some point. This means the real question is not ‘if there will be another outbreak’ but only ‘where and when’ it will occur.
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.
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The revolutionary Clorox® Total 360TM System is an electrostatic sprayer paired with Clorox® trusted solutions.
Certified under the UL 410 Standard for Slip Resistance of Floor Surface Materials, verifying that the products help prevent slip and fall accidents, five of Avmor’s most popular floorcare products now have something else to tout.
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.