FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
A roof left unchecked can cause a variety of problems, yet for some reason it is often ignored. Budget concerns are the most prevalent reason and often as weighty as the roof hanging over our heads. But the long-term cost of the roof can be dramatically lowered with preventative maintenance: Preventative maintenance is the key to both a healthy roof and a stable budget.
When we purchase supplies, we may not be getting the best prices possible. Further, if a supplier is out of stock, we may have to go online searching for supplies, which, with COVID-19, can be frustrating and time-consuming. Additionally, we may be at the whim of the supplier—getting products delivered when they are available, waiting for others to come in, and paying more if they must be returned. The way to turn this around is to go from purchasing to procurement.
There are approximately 10,000 species of birds on Earth, and most, rarely interact with urban structures. Overall, birds are considered beneficial species for numerous reasons including insect consumption, plant pollination and seed spreading, to name a few. Yet, there are some species of birds that are considered pests. This group of birds can adulterate food products, damage buildings, and pose public health safety issues.
The city of Sandy, Utah, is on the rise. Preparing for the influx of businesses that are taking root in Utah’s sixth-largest city, developer Synergy Development set out to build a warehouse and office space in Sandy. Tasked with finding the most efficient and inexpensive roof insulation for the tilt-up business park, Capitol Roofing Service opted for a hybrid roofing system with a foundation of expanded polystyrene (EPS) from Insulfoam.
Chemicals used throughout product development and production are often purchased in large 55-gallon drums; spills or other accidents occur when employees try to dispense the chemicals from these unmanageable containers, either manually or with large machinery. Carolina Casting found a safe, easy-to-use and cost effective dispensing option called GoatThroat Pumps.
Time Inc. was moving its New York City headquarters from Midtown to Downtown. The new facility would include more than 130 meeting rooms. It was thought that meetings would continue to be arranged using Microsoft Outlook, but with rooms being in use nearly 100 percent of the time, there was frequent double booking or no-show issues. A more effective solution was sought by Time Inc.’s facilities management.
Amusement parks create multi-million-dollar immersive theme attractions in buildings that may be up to 60 feet high with multiple changes in elevation. Moving guests from scene to scene can create challenges for fire safety and smoke detection equipment. An advanced aspirating smoke detection technology system called the VESDA-E VEA by Xtralis provides a solution.
In a state-of-the-art building on the southern end of the Auburn University campus, more than 325 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine first-and second-year students are taught the fundamentals of osteopathic medicine. Continuous, uninterrupted power is a critical element that supports virtually everything that takes place within the walls of the four-story, 100,000-square-foot building.
Conventional wisdom says that metal tends to be stronger, harder and more durable than its plastic counterparts. However, when comparing metal cooling towers to the latest engineered plastic options, that outdated logic is being laid to rest. HDPE technology not only holds up better than metal towers, but has additional benefits like increased energy efficiency and lower maintenance that make it a superior option.
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Quest Controls, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of OspreyFMS 4.0, the premier platform for integrating monitoring and control systems into a unified IIoT interface. Version 4.0 is a new platform with a new back-end and front-end built from the ground up for unparalleled responsiveness and flexibility in graphics, dashboards, reports, data retrieval and redundancy.
Russelectric, a leading manufacturer of power control systems and automatic transfer switches, announces its new RTSCD commercial duty transfer switch, a cost-effective option ideal for commercial spaces. Educational campuses, high-rise complexes, industrial plants, and manufacturing facilities can rely on the RTSCD to provide emergency power needed to keep critical operations online.
Smoke detectors are critical to our safety and the safety of others around us. That’s why keeping them operational and protecting them from vandalism and accidental damage is important. STI’s heavy-duty 9-gauge Steel Web Stoppers® are constructed with corrosion resistant polyester coating and help protect smoke detectors where abuse is severe.
Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) is proud to introduce the HXV Hybrid Cooler, which offers the best of both evaporative and dry cooling in a water saving and energy-efficient solution. The HXV is ideal for maintaining peak performance for a variety of applications where water is scarce, water costs are high, uptime is critical, or plume is a concern.
A. O. Smith, a leader in water heating and treatment, has combined its two areas of expertise to launch a new residential gas tankless product line with X3™ Scale Prevention Technology. This new feature extends the life of the unit three times longer than traditional tankless, making it the first tankless product that maintains “like-new” performance without requiring regular scale-related maintenance.
Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) is proud to introduce an expansion to its TrilliumSeries™ Adiabatic Products. The expanded offering includes fluid cooler models for low-charge refrigeration applications, and software enhancements for all models that optimize fan energy use based on system conditions.