Heidi Schwartz

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Schwartz joined Group C Media, Inc. in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (now Facility Executive). In September 2012, she transitioned to a new role dedicated to developing online content for Business Facilities and Facility Executive.

Question Of The Week: Annual Testing And Maintenance Of Backflow Preventer

One facility management professional is looking for input on the testing requirements and frequency for backflow preventers used in conjunction with water glycol piping systems.

Friday Funny: Most Bizarre Excuses For Being Late To Work

When asked about the most outrageous excuses employees have given for being late, employers say some very unconventional culprits are to blame.

Unilever North America Reaches 100% Zero Waste To Landfill Across Distribution Centers

Eliminating waste in distribution centers resulted in cost savings of more than $1.9 million in 2013.

Sustainable Building Codes In The Middle East Being Developed

ICC and ASTM International partner to support development of regional sustainable building codes.

OSHA Eye And Face Protection Standards To Be Updated

OSHA has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking updating a National Consensus Standard in its Eye and Face Protection Standards.

March 15-21: Termite Awareness Week

Subterranean termites can collapse a building entirely, destroy plastic plumbing pipes, and may cause serious damage.

Friday Funny: Make Work More Like Play With Emerging Technology

By adding the VR component to BIM, facility management could start to feel more like a game than a challenge.

Hampden-Sydney College Energy Research Lab Begins Operations

Construction has reached a point where the first research activities can begin while the facility’s interior is fitted-out and the exterior is finished.

IFMA’s Facility Fusion Conference And Expo Set For Orlando

The Facility Fusion Conference and Expo features workshops, training, and discussions related to the facility management (FM) profession.

U.S. Cyber Security Survey | Fear Of Cyber Crime Up

Growing threats from hacking groups, terrorists, and government-sanctioned retaliation has individuals fearful of attacks and losses, research shows.

Question Of The Week: Web Based CAD

Can facility managers operate a CAD/space management (on the web) program that is independent from an established, software-based computerized maintenance management system?

Friday Funny: The Worst Ways To Quit A Job

A new survey reveals the strangest ways workers have resigned from their jobs, forgetting the fact that how they quit can follow them around from job to job.

Hospitals Report Rise In Violence And Assaults

In 2014, one in three U.S. hospitals report increase in violent acts; employee turnover rates, low morale attributed to insufficient equipment for officers.

Design-Build Continues To Grow Throughout U.S. 

More than half of non-residential construction above $10 million; highest market share includes state of Oregon at 70% and military sector at 81%.

New Product Flash: Usher Mobile Identity Platform By MicroStrategy

The offering can replace traditional forms of identity, like IDs, passwords, and tokens, with mobile identity badges on a smartphone.

ISEA Seeking Input For Revision Of High-Visibility Worker Apparel Standard

ISEA seeks consensus panel participants for the revision of popular high-visibility worker apparel standard.

Friday Funny: Americans Dish On Hand Washing, Germs, And Public Restrooms

A good number of women and men report they use evasive maneuvers to avoid coming in contact with germs in a public restroom.

Building Occupant Satisfaction, Sustainability Link Revealed

New research from DTZ and Kingsley Associates confirms the belief that sustainability impacts how building occupants perceive their workplace.

Engineers Rank Pay Over Culture

New Experis Research reveals the results of the talent wars; engineers are still in high demand and can prioritize pay over culture.

Codes, Standards Developers Align Guidelines To Create Sustainable, High-Performance Buildings

Consistency will benefit the environment, code compliance, facility management professionals, builders, and designers.

Question Of The Week: How Accurate Are Data Center Tier Ratings?

Even a well designed upper tier rated data center requires a spot on preventive maintenance (PM) program to maintain its rating. Yet, the PM part of the equation is often omitted.

Friday Funny: A Workplace Filled With Desk Potatoes

The desk potato trend has been on the rise as workers become increasingly tethered to their desks.

The 50 Greenest Colleges And Universities In America

Schools included in the list boast multiple, simple, and complex means of contributing to the planet's health in ways including sustainability, clean energy, solar power, recycling, landscape management, and more.

BOMA Florida Announces Recipient Of The 2015 Legislator Of The Year Award

Senator Hukill’s selection as The Legislator of the Year is bestowed to recognize and honor her significant understanding of issues impacting commercial real estate, most notably phasing out sales taxes imposed on commercial real estate leases.

Stick-Build Or Prefab Data Centers: Evaluating The Options

New resource helps facilities, IT, and telecom leaders explore new data center deployment approaches.

Friday Funny: Love Is In The Air

Surprisingly, 30% of workplace romances end in marriage, although partners in the same career path (aside from medical professionals, teachers, and artists/designers) are not usually well matched.

System Sensor Recalls Combination Carbon Monoxide And Smoke Detectors

The i4 Series System Sensor combination carbon monoxide (CO)/smoke detectors is being recalled due to carbon monoxide hazard.

Freer Gallery Of Art To Close For Major Renovations

Smithsonian’s Freer gallery will close to the public on January 2016; should reopen mid-2017.

2015 International Roofing Expo Offers Robust Education Sessions

Space in sessions is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Fifth Annual Core Facility Management Benchmarking Survey Now Open

In its fifth year running, iLab's annual study will continue to capture the evolution of trends and growth in the core facility community.

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