FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
As the novel COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the United States, ensuring healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important part of helping lower the rate of infections. Studies have demonstrated that higher ventilation rates have a direct impact on reducing the spread of microbials in workplaces and other occupied spaces.
As the pandemic continues to unfold, any facilities have turned to thermal imaging as a way to monitor patrons. With thermal imaging, facilities can detect patrons with irregular thermal readings to help combat the spread of COVID-19. However, thermal imaging alone can’t protect patrons; thermal imaging technology should be integrated with other safety and security technologies to ensure optimal COVID-19 safety protocol.
Every building has risers. These are supply lines, usually made of copper, metal, or plastic, that deliver water to and from water-using fixtures like sinks, toilets, urinals, and showers. Each fixture is fitted with a U-shaped water trap, commonly known as a U-trap or P-trap. The primary purpose of these traps is to prevent sewer gases from being released into the facility using water as a barrier. Deadly pathogens can spread if this water is allowed to evaporate.
When ground broke at the Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project the general contractor was immediately met with a wave of design challenges, from treacherous weather to complicated logistics. Knowing that a lot would be asked of the new Summit House’s exterior, the producer of the precast wall panels selected EPS insulation from Insulfoam to satisfy the project’s requirements.
UK HealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky was among the first hospitals in Kentucky to receive Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients during the novel pandemic. To help contain the spread of COVID-19 within the facility, the hospital required controlled areas to be monitored by a responsive, effective airflow management system. Phoenix Controls provided an effective solution.
Faced with challenging specifications for increasing cooling tower capacity and the need for reduced maintenance cost and inspection accessibility, Baltimore Aircoil Company developed an innovative solution for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
Some species of birds that are considered pests can adulterate food products, damage buildings and pose public health safety issues under the right conditions. Birds become a greater threat to grocery stores as they carry diseases and create the risk of contamination if birds reach sensitive areas in a store. One such store enlisted McCloud Services to assess the situation and develop a permanent solution to remediate the issue.
Magnificent acoustics and quiet elegance are the hallmarks of DePaul University’s new performing arts facility. The Holtschneider Performance Center serves as the next phase of a new complex dedicated to serving the needs of hundreds of music students, while also hosting the world-class performances of multiple artists. Part of the design and selection process included the installation of the new resilient Tufftec® lockers from Scranton Products.
The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ recently completed more than $10 million in renovations, revamping almost every portion of the hotel and adding 21 new suites and five penthouses. However, this expansion created major issues for the building’s HVAC system’s cooling tower, which was now both undersized and at the end of its service life. Delta Cooling provided a solution.
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ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is pleased to announce that its popular IP-enabled IN120 and IN220 Series locks are now available with an optional push-button keypad. With it, users can configure locks to support PIN only access or can harness additional security by taking advantage of dual authentication using a contactless credential or mobile device combined with a PIN.
We’ve seen the ads for video pipe inspection cameras, but I don’t see how I can justify the cost. Why should we own a camera instead of paying a contactor to video our drain lines? Because owning a sewer inspection camera can save you money.
FreshAir, an industry leader in the development of sensors to detect and alert for hazardous chemicals, announces its unique and highly effective FreshAir1 Smoking Detection System. The FreshAir system is ideally suited for use in dormitories and other school and university buildings. FreshAir1 Smoking Detection Systems are ideal for enforcing no-smoking policies and protecting infrastructure investments.
UMF Corporation, which researches and develops high-performance products, today announced its partnership with Universal Fiber Systems (Universal), a leading U.S. manufacturer of synthetic filament-based and specialty fibers. UMF will provide its patented antimicrobial, rechargeable Micrillon® chemistry to Universal for incorporation into two high performance fibers.
The Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) ENDURADRIVE® Fan System ensures unmatched peace of mind in the operation of mission-critical cooling applications through a dramatically simplified design. The advanced design is specifically engineered so that the motor, VFD, and cooling tower work together to provide unparalleled reliability.
Boost your power tool productivity and performance while minimizing downtime with Bosch’s new “HELL-ION” 18V high-powered 16-amp turbo charger, which delivers eight times the charging current of its standard counterparts.