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.
Whether a facility manufactures steel equipment, or stores frozen food, lighting is a critical part of running an efficient operation. With intelligent lighting working in tandem with lighting controls, facility managers have the ability to adjust light levels across specific workstations or areas, use daylight harvesting to harness ambient light to illuminate the facility, create customized schedules for when the lights should be on, and much more.
The winter season brought damaging weather and precipitation for roads, sidewalks, and – importantly for facility managers – parking lots. With the cold weather and snow behind us and spring now in full effect, it’s time for facility managers to evaluate their parking lots for any defects in need of repair.
Without proper asset management, equipment and tools shared across departments or jobsites can be misplaced, lost, stolen, or inadequately maintained. Asset and financial audits can get complicated. So, asset tags are utilized to ensure efficient workflow, reduce administrative overhead, and keep tools and equipment in good working order.
By now, many facility managers are undoubtedly familiar with the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), which enables 24/7 monitoring and captures insightful data that can help organizations continually improve operations. Over the next several years, the IoT is estimated to have an economic impact of up to $11.1 trillion, and experts predict there will be more than 75 billion IoT-connected devices by 2025.
The demands on facility managers are significant. You have to battle on several different fronts at the same time. From occupants to contractors, from building owners to your team, everybody is looking to you for the success of the facility. Whether challenges are big or small, it’s essential to understand how focus and clarity on each of them will help to improve overall performance.
With the wave of a hand or the press of a button, today’s generation has instant access to technology never before imagined. Accessibility standards similarly follow suit, with automation now becoming the next frontier driving building design. In schools and health care facilities, automated systems have vastly improved the lives of those with disabilities.
An elevator is often a part of a building that doesn’t receive a second thought until something goes wrong with it. And should a problem arise – like a malfunctioning door or a broken cable – it disrupts the entire flow of operations and can become a nightmare to deal with. That’s why an elevator maintenance plan is so important.