FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Astute hospital administrators know they must leave no stone unturned when it comes to reducing or at least slowing the rising costs to operate a medical facility. When it comes to the cost of housekeeping, managers typically focus on how many housekeepers work in the facility and the cost to employ these people.
Building owners and facility managers are constantly monitoring building conditions while balancing performance and occupant comfort with the cost associated with running a building efficiently. Even more is at stake for hospitals and schools because building conditions also have a significant impact on the productivity and health of the students, teachers, patients and doctors.
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.
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.
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APV Engineered Coatings Introduces NeverFade® Façade Restoration For Architectural Metal Applications
APV Engineered Coatings has launched a new line of primer and topcoat systems under the NeverFade® brand name for restoration of architectural metal structures such as wall panels, window and door frames, roofs, railings, overhangs and decorative features.
These clear, super tough, polycarbonate enclosures are designed to protect keypads, annunciators, larger devices, components and sensitive units from vandalism and accidental damage as well as the weather, dirt, dust and grim.
The revolutionary Clorox® Total 360TM System is an electrostatic sprayer paired with Clorox® trusted solutions.
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.
After years of dedicated research and development, Master Lock, the world leader in locker lock technology, has unveiled its new Electronic Built-In Locker Lock. The Master Lock Electronic Built-In Locker Lock elevates the experience for both facility managers and users with its modern design, advanced performance and low maintenance.
Espen Technology has launched a new line of linear LED module retrofit kits, for any fixtures with T8, HO, VHO, T5HE and T5HO lamps. The module retrofit kits are available in 2′, 3′, and 4′ lengths. The module kits provide full illumination of the retrofitted fixture, while each module kit contains Espen drivers and modules, ensuring high quality, service life, and end user ROI.