FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
LEED-certified buildings are required to reduce their energy consumption and waste. While the LEED standards are designed to minimize a building’s overall carbon footprint, certification also has broader financial benefits.
For decades, traditional smoke detectors have been used to protect patients and personnel at healthcare facilities from the danger of smoke and fire – protection that is mandated by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Now, however, a new approach using more sophisticated, established smoke detection technology is contributing substantial benefits for healthcare facilities.
Emergency lighting is mandated by the NFPA and IBC to ensure sufficient light along the path of egress in the event of a power outage or other emergency. Although this is typically the domain of electrical engineers, many lighting designers and architects prefer to meet these requirements with aesthetic solutions that fit into the building’s overall design.
The university elected to go with Cree® VG Series LED parking structure luminaires. The VG Series is designed to deliver optimal, low-glare illumination with a revolutionary optical system. With the 10-year limited warranty, the VG Series eliminates the need for spot or group re-lamping.
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.
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STI announces this cover can take hard knocks in stride while helping to protect smaller-sized single-gang electrical units. The cover, adapter plate and hinges are molded of super tough clear polycarbonate material.
Edge Tape™ is a brand-new solution for hard working Ram Board users. This tape is strong and durable enough to secure Ram Board floor protection to floors, walls and stairs. But the unique, low-tack adhesives removes cleanly without damaging surfaces.
The Royce Rolls Ringer Company introduces its Stainless Steel Rectangular Receptacles. These receptacles are made of durable type 304, 18 gauge stainless steel and are welded watertight.
Tomlinson Industries’ Contemporary, Designer, Quadra, Ultra Contemporary, and Vintage RO faucets are now available in a polished nickel finish. Tomlinson’s polished nickel finish blends the elegant warm-tone of nickel with the luster of a polished finish for an eye-catching result.
The new NextGen Selectronic faucet line from American Standard features a simple, integrated design and exclusive SmarTherm technology that incorporates an ASSE 1070-certified thermostatic hot water temperature limiter into the faucet.
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.