FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
If you’ve been in the radiant world for a while you’re no doubt familiar with the standard snow and ice melting systems for commercial applications. This article features unique applications where engineers took snow and ice melting to a new level, providing the safety and convenience of the application in a new way.
For many facilities, access control is focused on points of entry into a building. However, in healthcare settings, it is often necessary to safeguard sensitive materials like patient records, medical supplies and pharmaceuticals or to control and monitor admittance into a wide range of areas.
Water heater use tends to increase during the colder months, increasing stress and wear and tear on equipment. During the winter season, it’s especially important that facilities managers are prepared for the risks of equipment failure and take the proper steps to mitigate the risk in advance.
To preserve Michelangelo’s frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Carrier engineers developed a masterpiece of their own. In 2014, Carrier installed an innovative HVAC solution at the Sistine Chapel, specially developed to help preserve Michelangelo’s masterpieces against deterioration caused by an increasing number of visitors.
Rather than installing conventional below-floor drainage for a staff washroom, SNC Mechanical opts for a heavy-duty above-floor solution, saving the owners of a midtown Manhattan restaurant roughly $6,000 by avoiding the need to break through concrete. The drainage solution SNC ultimately chose to install was a system made by Saniflo.
Walk the halls of the latest addition at the Cologne Academy, a charter school in Cologne, Minnesota, and you won’t spot a single metal locker. The halls of the newest addition are adorned with stylish-looking, durable, HDPE (high-density polyethylene) school lockers in blue and yellow, the school colors, thanks to DuraLife Lockers®.
How do you replace aging cooling towers without risking disruption to a plant’s continuous high-volume operation? That was the challenge at a major Midwest automotive manufacturing facility. Automobiles began rolling off the production line in the late ‘90s and the existing cooling towers were due to be replaced.
To adequately heat a skyscraper, the owner sought an effective way to maintain the aesthetic of the mostly glass building without being obtrusive to its design. Custom convection style heaters from Marley Engineered Products proved to be the solution for elegant, supplemental comfort for heat loss, condensation prevention and continuous warmth throughout the structure.
Complaints about smoking appeared frequently in Bally’s online reviews. The negative reviews undermined the hotel’s promise of cleanliness and demonstrated how a hotel’s reputation could sustain costly and long-lasting damage from unauthorized smoking. Bally’s turned to FreshAir Sensor to tackle the property’s unauthorized smoking challenges.
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Question: We had a lot of calls for broken water lines this past winter. It was a pain to my customers when the water had to be shut off each time we made a repair. Is there a better way?
TenCate, the world’s leading manufacturer, distributor and installer of synthetic turf, announced today that it has achieved yet another significant goal: manufacturing its top-of-the-line artificial grass without the use of PFAS.
Question: I dread winter. Every time an arctic blast moves south, the pipes freeze in one of my buildings. What method do you suggest to thaw the pipes and get the water moving again?
Hope’s Windows, Inc. the nation’s leading manufacturer of custom-designed, solid steel and bronze window and door systems, highlights its Landmark175™ Series Steel Windows and Doors.
Energy or heating costs on the rise? Do employees or customers adjust the thermostat when no one is looking? As temperatures begin to plummet rely on STI® to help combat the rising expense of utility bills.
Frozen water lines are such a problem in Ft. Lupton, CO, that they earn a special page on the city’s web site. So, city crews sought a fast way to minimize the potential damage from burst pipes; they got a Hot-Shot 400® from General Pipe Cleaners.