FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
When each of your buildings’ needs are treated exactly the same, effectively prioritizing projects can quickly become overwhelming. How can you ever find a place to start when every renovation need seems equally important?
Remodeling commercial bathrooms in places like university and college dormitories, public housing, hotels, and in assisted and long-term living facilities involve many complex decisions and steps. For this reason, many general contractors choose to hire sub-contractors for these large-scale projects.
For lift platforms that are capable of reaching higher, many are poorly designed and disruptive, too tightly enclosed for those uncomfortable in small spaces, and require demolition of floors or walls to hide internal lift machinery. Now, however, industry advances promise quieter, ADA compliant wheelchair lifts.
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.
After successfully passing a bond issue in 2013, work quickly began on the nearly $8 million, 66,000 square-foot renovation and expansion project at Elysian K-8 School, which can now accommodate up to 480 students. Plans called for creating an innovative educational environment that would surpass any other in the region.
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.
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General Pipe Cleaners’ new, mobile-friendly website offers quick, easy, intuitive access to General’s full line of drain cleaning, inspection and repair tools – including how to use them and where to buy them!
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.
New SMART Equipment Controllers (SEC) from Johnson Controls use a smart mobile device interface, giving contractors, engineers and building owners the flexibility to easily access their Johnson Controls water-to-air water source heat pump controls through any Wi-Fi-enabled device and any internet browser.
STI announces this cover can take hard knocks in stride while helping to protect smaller-sized single-gang electrical units. The cover, adapter plate and hinges are molded of super tough clear polycarbonate material.
Edge Tape™ is a brand-new solution for hard working Ram Board users. This tape is strong and durable enough to secure Ram Board floor protection to floors, walls and stairs. But the unique, low-tack adhesives removes cleanly without damaging surfaces.
The Royce Rolls Ringer Company introduces its Stainless Steel Rectangular Receptacles. These receptacles are made of durable type 304, 18 gauge stainless steel and are welded watertight.