FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Throughout hospitals and research labs, signs are used virtually everywhere, from the front door and patient rooms, to the OR and ER, to research and test areas, to the routes and maps for emergency exits. Signs are used in many ways, whether informal, formal, or mandated by law, and vital interim life safety signage can often be required.
Likely, the first thing someone sees when entering your facility are your floors, which, depending on how clean or dirty they look, can shape their perceptions of how clean and sanitary the entire building is. Floors that appear dirty, scuffed or dull can convey the impression that the facility’s cleanliness standards are lacking.
In the aftermath of a disaster, business owners are understandably laser focused on one thing: getting back to normal. Unfortunately, few business owners know the best way to make that happen, and the restoration and recovery process can take more than time: it can also take a toll on your patience and your finances.
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.
The Covington is an upscale retirement community located in Aliso Viejo, California. Soon after opening, the copper drinking water piping systems began to have pinhole leaks, progressing to the point of 3 to 5 leaks per week with repairs costing roughly $150,000 annually. The property was faced finding a solution that would not disrupt the lives of their residents.
In New York City, a series of deadly outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease has become an all too common occurrence. Over the last few years hundreds have been severely sickened and dozens killed by deadly bacteria that proliferates in water systems like the cooling towers used in conjunction with large HVAC systems.
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.
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Time is valuable for facility managers and their cleaning staff, and certain tasks can slow down the overall cleaning process. In an effort to provide an effective disinfectant option that also reduces contact time, 3M recently introduced its 3M™ MBS Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrates, a concentrated one-step disinfectant with a five-minute contact time.
Just in time for Halloween, STI announces their Stopper Station push buttons are now available in orange. The ADA Compliant, multipurpose push buttons are available in a cauldron of colors: red, green, yellow, white, blue and now orange.
The new Gen-Eye X-POD® from General Pipe Cleaners features a powerful new Command Module with USB port to record video inspections on flash drives. The lightweight X-POD combines camera, reel, and monitor into one compact package.
Building on 20 years of customer feedback, the all-new range of DirectSense II smart probes are being introduced by GrayWolf. These cutting-edge air monitoring probes accommodate from two (2) up to eight (8) plug-and-play smart sensors into a single hand-held, desktop or wall-mounted housing.
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.
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. norament grano offers a redesigned pallet of 32 new colors with a harmonious balance of base shades and color-accentuated granules.