FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
A growing number of K-12 schools, colleges and universities are transforming their classroom, lecture hall, auditorium, hallway and dorm room walls into vibrant, multipurpose, functional surfaces by installing unique fabric wall covering systems. By adding these wall systems, they are improving the learning environment while eliminating a major source of maintenance.
When looking to build either educational or healthcare buildings, it is critical to construct a functional, durable but visually appealing curtain wall system to attract and comfortably hold many people. One of the biggest trends in building enclosures right now which possesses these requirements is using custom curtain walls with glass.
In the same way California implemented the nation’s most rigorous vehicle emissions standards, the Golden State has in place what arguably is the most stringent energy efficiency requirements for buildings. The state’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require all new commercial construction to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2030.
UW Health’s University Hospital in Madison, Wis., sought to reduce noise and improve the patient and staff experience in its newly renovated, 18-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU). Installing an ergonomic healthcare flooring product provided the solution.
The Covington is an upscale retirement community located in Aliso Viejo, California. Soon after opening, the copper drinking water piping systems began to have pinhole leaks, progressing to the point of 3 to 5 leaks per week with repairs costing roughly $150,000 annually. The property was faced finding a solution that would not disrupt the lives of their residents.
In New York City, a series of deadly outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease has become an all too common occurrence. Over the last few years hundreds have been severely sickened and dozens killed by deadly bacteria that proliferates in water systems like the cooling towers used in conjunction with large HVAC systems.
With high-energy-use equipment, an HVAC system that must run flawlessly day and night, and buildings that never go dark, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) was one of the biggest energy hogs on the University of Maryland campus as well as one of the most difficult to make more energy efficient.
When it was time to improve the condition of a medical facility’s parking garage, owners looked for the best LED technology that would provide extended luminaire life with no compromise in performance quality. They sought to find an LED system that would both lower energy consumption and reduce maintenance.
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.
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For facility managers of malls, grocery stores, and other large commercial buildings, ensuring safety and preventing slip and fall litigation can come down to documenting that their walkway surfaces meet safe standards in terms of available traction, particularly when wet – when falls are more likely.
nora systems, Inc. is pleased to relaunch norament® grano, a premium rubber floor covering that brings the classic tradition of Italian terrazzo tiles to interior spaces. norament grano offers a redesigned pallet of 32 new colors with a harmonious balance of base shades and color-accentuated granules.
Now available from Sanitaire® is its EON™ ALLERGEN upright vacuum (SC5505A), the first commercial upright vacuum cleaner to earn asthma & allergy friendly® Certification from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited’s independent program.
JLG Industries, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, has updated its LRT series of rough terrain scissors. These model year upgrades are the result of customer feedback aimed at improving the operability, serviceability and efficiency of these industry-leading machines.
CleanAire HEPA and Carbon Filter Paks are designed to be mounted inline in the exhaust ducting from a fume hood or contaminant source up to 1500 cfm.
Random laser measuremets are now history thanks to the advanced technology of the Bosch BLAZE™ Outdoor GLM400C Connected Laser Measure with Viewfinder and the Bosch BLAZE™ Outdoor GLM400CL Connected Laser Measure with Camera.