FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Smart buildings have been a concept for decades. Sustainability thinkers have been advocating them for years, and they’re a hot topic in building trade publications. So why is it that the brightest thing about most buildings remains their always-on lights?
Flooring is a major investment in any facility – and with it comes the costs associated with maintaining it. From cleaning products and maintenance equipment to personnel salaries, flooring upkeep can quickly become a substantial operational outlay.
While emergency lighting is critical to life safety and must function to code, no one wants to see the devices ruin the aesthetics of a building’s interiors. Industry professionals are increasingly keeping the lights hidden or camouflaged until needed to ensure it artfully blends in with its surroundings.
The Earth, Energy & Environment Center (EEEC) is one of the latest state-of-the-art educational buildings located at the University of Kansas. To create the innovative facility, a key goal during the design phase of the EEEC was to produce transparent learning areas that would allow fellow students and peers to look into active labs and tech areas, promoting inspiration and discovery.
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.
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Rough winters and warm springs can cause home flooding caused by heavy rains, snow melt and excessive ice jams. Prevent basement flooding and messy floors with the Flood-Guard™ from General Pipe Cleaners!
Formica Corporation introduces HardStop™ Decorative Protection Panels, a new line of high-performance wall panels featuring a fiberglass core for added durability, strength and fire resistance.
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.