FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
One of the simplest and most cost effective ways to protect floors and decrease maintenance expenses is installing floor protectors on furniture to guard the floors against damage from the legs scratching the surfaces. Maintenance costs decrease as much as 50% simply by added floor protectors to any part of the furniture that comes in contact with the floors.
Several generations of students and teachers have battled the inherent problems caused by noise and poor acoustic design in educational settings. Despite the problem having been recognized for over 100 years, acoustics in classrooms remain under-addressed in older buildings and many newer built schools.
From hospitals and maternity wards to nursing homes, healthcare facilities are, in general, locations where healthcare is provided. As research continues to bring forth new ideas and techniques to promote healing, one idea specifically aims to create sustainable medical facilities that improve the health of the patients as well as the health of the environment.
Since 2009, the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been implementing a multiphase energy efficiency program. The primary contractor, Johnson Controls, brought in partner Optimum Energy to perform an ESA, which proved that optimizing the chiller plants across the campus would deliver significant energy savings.
Too often, when educational facilities look to add unique or architecturally impactful buildings on campus, restrictive fire codes put a damper on designs or threaten to significantly increase costs and compromise functionality. However, Clemson University, which recently constructed a new state-of-the-art home for its 2016 NCAA championship football team, was able to rethink conventional wisdom with a radical, more flexible approach to fire code interpretations.
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.
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The Wi-Fi transmitter sends a wireless signal to almost any handheld device. Then by using the custom downloaded APP, the user can see and record video. Once a video is recorded, the user can share it via the internet or download it to a computer.
Throughout office settings, signs are posted virtually everywhere from the front door and reception area, to hallways, executive suites, conference rooms, and even the break room. In most instances, there is virtually no room or area spared from these notifications or instructions, including grounds and building maintenance.
To meet the audio needs of small to medium-sized classrooms and conference rooms, AmpliVox Sound Systems now offers a comprehensive package of versatile sound products.
Garland was recently awarded its first ever Cleveland Tech Award for the development of its Roof Builder app that allows customers to virtually build a roof. The app not only allows customers to see exactly how a roof is constructed, but has also provided users with a greater understanding of roof systems in general.
General Pipe Cleaners’ rugged, all-metal Kinetic Water Ram™ quickly clears clogged drains with the power of compressed air. Fifty years of technological advancements and refinements have kept this futuristic drain cleaner a dependable tool for anyone who wants to clear clogged drains fast.
Ruskin® introduces the XP500WD wind-driven rain FEMA louver, the first louver to provide both FEMA impact protection and Class A wind-driven rain protection.