FM Articles


Using the Right Piping Material for Your Plumbing Application

Tackling a plumbing project can be overwhelming, especially when you start to shop for piping and realize all of the different options available for you. Here are some details about the most popular types of plumbing piping and what they are best used for.


School Media Rooms

Training for the Future with Broadcast Quality School Media Rooms

With the Arts added back into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, a growing number of school administrators are training students for the future by adding broadcast quality school media rooms for those interested in radio and TV careers.


Commercial Restrooms

Technology Flows into Commercial Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are integral for any commercial space. However, in addition to meeting today’s rigorous ADA standards, designers must also consider factors, including sustainability, efficiency, hygiene, durability, as well as aesthetics.



Schools Must Not Ignore Lead: Embrace Prevention

A toxic substance is plaguing the water we drink. The CDC estimates that 1 in 38 children ages 1 to 5 have harmful levels of lead in their bodies, which can result in a lower IQ and other permanent health issues.


Building Envelopes

High-Performance Building Envelopes

It’s no secret that school and hospital buildings use enormous amounts of energy. According to Business Energy Advisor, K-12 schools use 10 kWh of electricity and 51,000 Btu of natural gas per square foot annually. Heating and cooling account for much of that energy load.


Operational Technologies

Operational Technologies in the High-Performance Healthcare Facility

When someone is selecting a doctor, hospital or medical practice, they typically take several factors into account: the doctor’s experience, any special training he or she has, referrals from friends and family. Those are all extremely important, but what about the facility itself that these patients visit?


Winter Facility Preparation

Winter Facility Preparation Checklist

Identifying and tracking facility maintenance problems can be complex if you have multiple buildings on your campus or site. That means your winter facility prep checklist may require a segmented approach, especially if your facilities vary in style of construction or architecture.


Phone System

Choosing a Phone System to Fit Your Facility

People either love or hate their telephones. Whether talking about personal or business use, a telephone becomes an extension of our personalities, and the right phone helps users communicate without effort, taking stress out of their day. The wrong phone reduces staff productivity and increases overhead.


Fire-Rated Glazing

Fire-rated Glazing Advances Code-Driven Designs in Refurbishments

From building industry professionals to facility managers, a longstanding complaint about spaces built to fire and life safety code standards is their inferior aesthetic. Whether it’s a fire-rated corridor with light-restrictive concrete blocks or an exit door with tiny wired glass door lites, the design limitations associated with fire-rated materials are a source of frustration.


Menstrual Equity

Are Facility Managers Ready for the Menstrual Equity Movement?

Earlier this summer, the New York City Council and the mayor of New York made it official: tampons will be available for free in all New York City schools. This is part of a trend moving throughout the country, often referred to as the “menstrual equity” movement.