FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
As the operational phase of a building is longer and more cost intensive, facility managers should be involved and engaged early on in the design phase of commercial projects. Due to the innovations in technology and energy efficiency for commercial buildings, the structure becomes more intricate in its mechanical, lighting and control systems.
While it may be somewhat controversial, the old concept of having restrooms built in commercial facilities only for males and only for females is not necessarily disappearing, but shall we say, alternatives are popping up. A restroom alternative that is raising a few eyebrows, even in the most sophisticated of settings, is the unisex restroom.
Generators need to run smoothly and efficiently to effectively power necessary equipment in industrial settings. However, there are a few common problems industrial generators encounter that factory managers, OEMs and owners should be aware of in order to prevent downtime.
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.
The university elected to go with Cree® VG Series LED parking structure luminaires. The VG Series is designed to deliver optimal, low-glare illumination with a revolutionary optical system. With the 10-year limited warranty, the VG Series eliminates the need for spot or group re-lamping.
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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.
The Remote Lamp Mount (RLM) Small Systems (S/S) ultraviolet (UV-C) lamp fixture kit from UV Resources delivers ultraviolet energy to destroy coil/drain pan microbial infestations and disinfect moving air streams in hard-to-service fan coil units, package (PTAC) units and heat pump systems.
The Bosch GWS18V-45C 18V EC Brushless Connected-Ready 4-1/2 in. Angle Grinder delivers the convenience of cordless grinder operation with advanced user control. The grinder features an EC brushless motor that offers maximum efficiency and low maintenance.
Expanded Technologies is pleased to announce a new addition to their line of Floor Savers® designed to eliminate noise and floor damage caused by wobble chairs. Wobble Chair Floor Savers® are manufactured from soft, flexible, ultra-durable material.
Today’s facility managers are consistently tasked with ensuring the safety and cleanliness of a building’s floor while simultaneously preserving a surface’s aesthetic appeal. In an effort to assist with all three factors, 3M developed the 3M™ Stone Floor Protection System.