FM Articles

Lighting

How to Ramp Up Workplace Productivity With Lighting and Controls

When it comes to designing and constructing an office’s electrical lighting system, facility managers must realize that lighting is no longer about seeing or being decorative. Today, lighting is also about feeling, which directly impacts employees’ health, morale and productivity – all of which can significantly affect their work productivity and your company’s bottom line.

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Autonomous Parking

High-Density Autonomous Parking Can Set Reliability Records

The ability of advanced automated parking systems to increase parking density by 200% to 300% compared to traditional parking structures in the same footprint has given developers a new tool to optimize building designs. These extremely space efficient systems could be particularly helpful when developing projects in high-cost, urban areas where available land is scarce.

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Social Distancing

Driving Better Classroom Utilization Policies in an Era of Social Distancing

As colleges and universities barrel toward a fall semester where many institutions are unsure how to open while still maintaining proper precautions in the face of COVID-19, leaders are discussing space utilization. “Discussing” might be papering over the reality: These are heated debates between professionals facing an unprecedented crisis.

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Parking Lot

How to Make Sure Your Parking Lot Is Ready for a Quick COVID-19 Transition

The ability to quickly transition and pivot during the pandemic has been key for many business owners across all U.S. industries struggling to weather the storm of COVID-19. In lieu of shutting their doors completely, facility managers have had to come up with new ways to utilize their spaces, including their parking lots.

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Facilities Maintenance Program

The Prerequisites for Establishing A Bulletproof Facilities Maintenance Program

Establishing a Facilities Maintenance Program sounds intimidating. Even the name of the program is a mouthful, but it’s not an impossible task. It can be less than daunting, as long as you approach the program kickoff in a step-by-step method. You’ll be less likely to miss important basics, and more likely to encapsulate all of your Facilities Maintenance needs if you address your program logically.

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Operations

Preparing Building Operations for the New Normal: Adjusting IAQ Practices

The novel COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the built environment as a whole, causing great disruption to how buildings previously managed their systems and operations. This new normal will cause building managers to follow stricter guidelines and safety measures and show occupants that safety and protection is of the utmost importance.

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COVID-19

COVID-19 Sparks Fire and Life Safety Issues for Facilities Managers

COVID-19 changed everything. The pandemic has created incredible challenges to all types of commercial facilities and has created unforeseen issues on multiple levels. Keeping employees, customers and visitors safe from the COVID-19 is understandably a manager’s immediate concern. Despite the pandemic, there are other safety issues which remain critical the successful functioning of the facility.

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Pest

Exclusion: Your Best Option for a Pest-Free Winter

Across the country, pest management professionals are aggressively preparing to exclude, or block out, every sort of pest that wants to overwinter in facilities like yours. That is why right now, when it is still warm, pest management technicians are performing detailed inspections to prepare facilities for the inevitable.

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Roofs

Preventative Maintenance of Commercial Roofs

A roof left unchecked can cause a variety of problems, yet for some reason it is often ignored. Budget concerns are the most prevalent reason and often as weighty as the roof hanging over our heads. But the long-term cost of the roof can be dramatically lowered with preventative maintenance: Preventative maintenance is the key to both a healthy roof and a stable budget.

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Purchasing

Why We Must Rethink Purchasing

When we purchase supplies, we may not be getting the best prices possible. Further, if a supplier is out of stock, we may have to go online searching for supplies, which, with COVID-19, can be frustrating and time-consuming. Additionally, we may be at the whim of the supplier—getting products delivered when they are available, waiting for others to come in, and paying more if they must be returned. The way to turn this around is to go from purchasing to procurement.

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