FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
As colleges and universities barrel toward a fall semester where many institutions are unsure how to open while still maintaining proper precautions in the face of COVID-19, leaders are discussing space utilization. “Discussing” might be papering over the reality: These are heated debates between professionals facing an unprecedented crisis.
The ability to quickly transition and pivot during the pandemic has been key for many business owners across all U.S. industries struggling to weather the storm of COVID-19. In lieu of shutting their doors completely, facility managers have had to come up with new ways to utilize their spaces, including their parking lots.
Establishing a Facilities Maintenance Program sounds intimidating. Even the name of the program is a mouthful, but it’s not an impossible task. It can be less than daunting, as long as you approach the program kickoff in a step-by-step method. You’ll be less likely to miss important basics, and more likely to encapsulate all of your Facilities Maintenance needs if you address your program logically.
Magnificent acoustics and quiet elegance are the hallmarks of DePaul University’s new performing arts facility. The Holtschneider Performance Center serves as the next phase of a new complex dedicated to serving the needs of hundreds of music students, while also hosting the world-class performances of multiple artists. Part of the design and selection process included the installation of the new resilient Tufftec® lockers from Scranton Products.
The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ recently completed more than $10 million in renovations, revamping almost every portion of the hotel and adding 21 new suites and five penthouses. However, this expansion created major issues for the building’s HVAC system’s cooling tower, which was now both undersized and at the end of its service life. Delta Cooling provided a solution.
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.
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The eCAM Pro 2 Pipeline Inspection Camera System is the latest and greatest in pipeline inspection cameras by Electric Eel. A new built-in battery cradle is now standard and will accept a Milwaukee M18 or equivalent battery. This allows for operation in remote locations or anywhere electricity is not available. This new feature will now be standard on all eCAM units.
Cementex, the safety tool specialists, announces the new Digital Voltage Phasing Meter Set, ideal for measuring overhead and underground voltages. The new Digital Voltage Phasing Meter Set handles 0–40 kilovolts (kV) and can be used on higher voltages up to 240 kV if used with additional pairs of extension resistors. The device automatically adjusts the voltage display to match resistors if used.
Savvy professionals call it the dependable way to preserve and protect sewer cables from rust. Now original Snake-Oil™ from General Pipe Cleaners is back! Now called Snake-Oil Classic™, it’s better than common lubricants. General’s special rust inhibitor cuts through moisture – and replaces it with a rust resistant coating.
No hand sanitizer, no worries. STI announces their Universal Touch Free Button with NoTouch® technology helps eliminate the spread of germs in medical facilities or any public building with high traffic areas. To exit, a person must simply wave their hand in front of the device. The infrared will recognize the motion and unlatch the time adjustable door.
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.