FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Facilities managers are tasked with innovating a new type of workspace to meet the changing dynamics of the workplace. At schools, universities, hospitals and other institutions, facilities managers need to accommodate the new realities of flexible work arrangements, professionals who spend their time with the people they serve, and the temporary space needs of visiting healthcare professionals and others.
For the power generation industry, including steam turbine, nuclear, and hydroelectric power plants, water filtration is required in many applications, such as boilers, turbines and cooling towers, and is essential for cooling. Therefore, good water filtration is critical to ensure safe, reliable production, extend equipment life, and increase the intervals between equipment cleaning or necessary maintenance.
In recent years, the construction industry has experienced a myriad of changes ranging from tighter environmental and worker safety regulations to more complex demands from property owners. One constant however has been the heavy influence of union labor. Despite unions being engrained within the construction industry due to their expertise and qualifications, we’re now seeing a significant shift toward open-shop projects that incorporate non-union labor.
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.
In the public transportation business, fleet owners and managers need to know that their bus, shuttle, or taxi drivers are exactly where they need to be, arriving and departing on time, so as not to inconvenience or worse – strand – any passengers. This is even more important when there is a set schedule that must be precisely kept.
When staff at Festus School District in Festus, MO face stoppages in smaller 1-1/4” to 3” lines, they grab the Model DRZ-PH™ power drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners. Maintenance pros there routinely use it to clear drains for urinals, water coolers, hand sinks, pot sinks, and disposal lines.
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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.
AQUALIS Stormwater Management, a portfolio company of DFW Capital Partners and the leading national provider of stormwater preventative maintenance and corrective action, announced that it has acquired the stormwater and lift station assets of KLEENCO USA (“KLEENCO”), a leading provider of stormwater and lift station services in the central United States.
The powerful GLO 150 Upper-Room Germicidal UV Fixture from UV Resources uses a high spectral parabolic reflector to maximize the UV-C energy output, offering greater coverage and lower costs. Designed to guard against airborne bacteria and viruses, the high-output fixture is ideal for applications up to 150-square-feet.
STI is excited to announce their extensive range of access control switches continues to evolve with the addition of the Global ReSet Series. The UL/cUL Listed Global ReSet is ideal for use as a button to call police, alert of an emergency, allow authorized exits, to lockdown a building and more.
In an effort to help custodial staff reduce waste and save time, GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific and a leading provider of advanced dispensing solutions for commercial facilities, today introduces its upgraded Pacific Blue Ultra™ High Capacity Coreless Toilet Paper Dispenser System.