FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Legionella pneumophila is a waterborne bacteria that is the cause of a severe form of pneumonia called Legionnaires Disease. The number of people getting sick from Legionella bacteria in healthcare environments has been steadily and substantially increasing in the last decade as these facilities often house those who are most susceptible.
The recent shootings in New Zealand serve as one more wake-up call reminding facility managers (FMs) they must be prepared for almost any emergency – or catastrophe – at just about any time in any of the facilities they manage. Shooting incidents such as this, whether they happen in schools, office buildings, or churches, synagogues, and mosques are becoming all too common.
Energy efficiency is a core aspect of a smart building, and yet building energy use has actually risen over the past several years in even the most efficiency-conscious cities. We all hear a lot about intelligent buildings – so much that you’d think they were everywhere. But when you look at the data, it seems that most buildings are as dull-witted as ever.
Before the Patriots could take on the Rams in the Super Bowl, ensuring the safety of assigned broadcast personnel and equipment was required at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) convention center. Although the GWCCA convention center had its own traditional fire detection system, the decision was made to install a complete, standalone system including fire alarm panel.
The Earth, Energy & Environment Center (EEEC) is one of the latest state-of-the-art educational buildings located at the University of Kansas. To create the innovative facility, a key goal during the design phase of the EEEC was to produce transparent learning areas that would allow fellow students and peers to look into active labs and tech areas, promoting inspiration and discovery.
When creating the new Forest Park Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX, the owners envisioned a health care facility that was designed to address the entire wellbeing of its surgical patients. This meant focusing on an aesthetic that had the capability to reduce stress and diffuse anxiety for patients and their families while providing efficiency for the staff.
The New York City subway system has been specifying nora® premium rubber flooring for its rail cars since the early 1990s. Today, every one of its 6,418 subway cars (approximately 3.8 million square feet of floor space) is covered by norament® rubber flooring.
Enhancing Patient Satisfaction with Significant Savings Using Architectural Finishes at Regions Hospital
To improve patient satisfaction, HealthPartners Regions Hospital decided to refurbish several patient care units. As planning got underway, the team faced some logistical challenges: replacing doors and cabinets was cost prohibitive, and the rooms could not be out of working order for extended periods of time.
Baylor University, a private college in Waco, Texas, had a typical chiller plant – it was a hodgepodge of equipment. The major problem was that the plant was managed manually. Kenneth Haltom, who manages Baylor’s energy services through a partnership with Aramark, and his team suspected that chiller plant optimization would be the best way to increase efficiency and reduce related costs.
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JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, announces a new reversing camera for all SkyTrak® brand telehandlers and the JLG® G5-18A.
Controlling an area light shining over the entire jobsite can be tricky when it’s strapped to the rafters. That’s why Bosch is introducing the future of connected lighting.
Rough winters and warm springs can cause home flooding caused by heavy rains, snow melt and excessive ice jams. Prevent basement flooding and messy floors with the Flood-Guard™ from General Pipe Cleaners!
Formica Corporation introduces HardStop™ Decorative Protection Panels, a new line of high-performance wall panels featuring a fiberglass core for added durability, strength and fire resistance.
Optimum Energy and Belimo Automation AG are advancing innovative HVAC optimization solutions through a licensing deal that provides Belimo with Optimum Energy’s recently patented IoT technologies for smart valves.
Cementex, the safety tool specialists, announces the availability of fully non-conductive fiberglass measuring tools. Because they are fiberglass and not wood, these measuring tools are not affected by environmental changes – even if they get wet, they will not change shape.