FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
The goal of optimization is to make mechanical systems work at peak effectiveness all the time. Healthcare and campus facility directors can optimize even the most demanding environments, outfitted with new or existing equipment, with a combination of energy engineering, relational control software, and a technical support platform that keeps systems at commissioned levels.
Planned preventive maintenance or PPM is performed while a piece of equipment is performing well. The goal is to keep it operating well by checking, lubricating, and/or replacing any components that may cause more serious problems down the road.
Many facilities built in the 70s and 80s continue to operate and maintain aging induction-based air conditioning units originally installed in each room or space. Not to be confused with fan-driven systems, these quieter, more efficient alternatives have no fans, blowers or moving parts and so can continue to operate for decades.
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.
The German School in Washington D.C. required an expansion due to rising enrollment rates and the school’s desire to give graduates the competitive edge with experience with state-of-the-art science equipment and technology.
Lecture halls often conjure up images of teachers, scribbling pens and ticking wall clocks – not students in dance shoes, theater costumes or choir robes. But at Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Connecticut, the latter might be more appropriate.
To ensure optimum fire detection in its large atrium, the impressive new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse has installed four Fireray beam smoke detectors from FFE.
NeverFade® is a water-based, low-VOC exterior coating. It contains Kynar Aquatec® resin, a tough, engineering thermoplastic that maintains high stability when exposed to harsh thermal, chemical and ultraviolet environments.
As director of environmental health and safety at Ringling College of Art and Design, Carl Powell identifies risks associated with work performed on the Sarasota, Florida, campus and takes steps to prevent those risks from contributing to accidents.
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Geerpres® has a history of providing innovative cleaning products and supplies for healthcare, building service contractors, and EVS teams (Environmental Services). New to the lineup is the Geerpres® Linen Hamper, which features an unbreakable lid, a virtually silent “soft” and hands-free close, and the durability Geerpres® is known for.
Garland’s newest, patent-pending innovation, R-Mer® Force, has completely transformed the way edge metal is installed, offering unmatched protection for the roof’s perimeter all while saving building owners time and money.
Air Cycle announces the release of their new Bulb Eater® 3L fluorescent lamp crushing system. The Bulb Eater® 3L technology makes it easier for businesses to be environmentally conscious while saving time and money.
Hager Companies, a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial and residential door hardware products, announces the release of its new On-Board Delayed Egress. The fire & life safety code compliant device provides a secure locking system that temporarily prevents doors from being opened from the egress side.
nora systems, Inc. introduces the enlighten collection, premium rubber flooring that sparks creativity and supports safety in K-12 learning spaces.
Power management company Eaton today announced that its advanced Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode (LED) and controls system will illuminate the next three professional football championship games, scheduled for 2018 in Minneapolis, 2019 in Atlanta and 2020 in Miami.