FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Digital transformation in commercial buildings is enabling people, processes, and technology to work together. This is transforming facilities management from an asset or plant-centered activity to one which focuses on end-user experiences and outcomes. Leading facilities management service providers are taking advantage of modern trends and making millions from the services that they provide.
The demand for increased refrigerated warehousing has been growing for several years, resulting in the development of new or expanded cold storage warehousing technology and structural improvements. The need for efficient, state-of-the-art cold storage development is driving warehouse refrigeration technology and logistics optimization.
For facility managers, deciding which practices and services are worth the cost can be a complex question. Just 20 years ago, most FMs had clear ideas of how to budget to maintain each asset. Now, with different solutions like air purification systems and disinfection options coming to the forefront, it’s harder to keep up.
Landmarks aren’t spared the risks of and potential damage caused by fire. This means many of the world’s historic, cultural and architectural treasures – such as cathedrals, museums and capitol buildings – are at risk of being damaged, forever lost to fire. Society must do all that it can to protect and preserve them. Honeywell provides an advanced solution.
With commercial facilities taking precautions against Covid-19 as never before, an effective new tool in their arsenal is a new type of “germicidal” LED fixture. This specialized LED fixture draws in air and irradiates it with UV light. Union Health, an integrated health system in Indiana, installed 48 of the UVC LED light fixtures developed by Energy Harness last year at its facilities.
The Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital is a 150,000 square foot facility. Over the years, patient visits have grown from 60,000 to 400,000 per year, with an attendant increase in staffing numbers. Heat generated from advanced healthcare equipment has added to the cooling demand. Carrier provided a solution to the increasing chiller requirements.
Just as thermal insulation keeps in heat, acoustic insulation blankets keep in sound. Just covering a compressor isn’t enough to reduce chiller noise unless an insulation maker also pays attention to equipment geometry. The State University of New York at Oneonta learned about the benefits of covering compressors thanks to Shannon Global Energy Solutions.
The Scottish Rite Center in Wichita, Kansas recently ran into a common problem with its metal cooling tower that supported the HVAC system – it had completely rusted-out. When TempleLive took over the facility, the company was determined to make it a premier venue. Part of that strategy was to preserve the facility’s architectural elegance from all sides.
When the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew SC opens its new downtown stadium and training complex this summer, they are sure to be the envy of Major League Soccer franchises everywhere. The stadium will have first-in-class amenities and training facilities for its athletes, and will also have the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology in its field.
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STI’s line of round and rectangular Select-Alert sirens / strobes are a highly effective way to alert to unauthorized use, theft or vandalism, as well as unwarranted exits and entries. The combination of alert and bright flashing LEDs offers excellent protection for a variety of urgent situations, by helping to draw immediate attention to the area.
The Cold-Shot® Pipe Freezing Kit from General Pipe Cleaners lets you repair an operating water system – without draining lines, sprinkler arrays, or hot water systems before cutting pipe or tubing! Using Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in dip-tube cylinders, the Cold-Shot freezes liquids in steel, copper, cast iron, aluminum, or plastic pipes – 1/8” through 2” in diameter – in minutes.
With summer in full swing, is one person too hot and another too cold? Do you find visitors tamper with the building’s thermostat? STI has the solution to protect against the rising cost of utilities. Thermostat Protector with key lock helps protect thermostats and energy sensors. The cover mounts directly over the unit to prevent unwanted access yet allows authorized use with the provided key.
No matter what safety features a machine has, no machine is safer that its operator. Make sure you and your personnel are well versed in the proper safety procedures for your machine. Pay attention to what you’re doing and use common sense. Drain cleaning can be profitable and risk-free if you follow some simple safety precautions.
Stucchi announced today that the company has developed a patented Compactor Break Away Safety System or C-BASS, that mitigates the risks associated with servicing self-contained compactors by preventing catastrophic damage from accidental drive-off errors. The C-BASS system is a result of Stucchi’s 60+ years of designing and manufacturing some of the industry’s best hydraulic coupling solutions.
AJ Manufacturing has introduced two new options to its industry-leading Criti-Clean Ultra HEPA filtration units in order to combat airborne viruses more effectively such as SARS-CoV-2, as well as bacteria, mold and other pathogens. The new built-in modules include Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) Radiation and Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization.