FM Articles


Dealing with Flood Emergencies

One of the most challenging situations facility managers may encounter is walking into their buildings on a Monday morning and finding a pipe burst over the weekend, flooding a large area of carpets on one or more floors.


Bike Friendly Building

Creating a Bike-Friendly Building

66 million Americans rode a bike in the past year, and between 2005 and 2014, there was a 46% increase in the share of commuters who cycled to work or school. Bicycle parking can ease the demand for vehicle parking.



Flooring: The Difference Between Entrance Mats & Carpet Tiles

How welcoming is your facility’s entrance? Many factors play a role in welcoming students, tenants, patients, or guests to your building. Flooring is one of those factors.


Aerial Lift

Aftermarket Service when Selecting Aerial Lift Equipment

Dependency on this equipment makes it important for school officials arranging purchase or lease agreements to know what to look for and ask of their provider as they make equipment selections.



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?