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This expert formerly served as a regular contributor to Facility Executive (formerly Today’s Facility Manager) magazine. His vast knowledge of the facility management profession continues to provide a rich resource for facility managers by way of this online archive.

Tricks Of The Trade: Economic Issues

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge examines how economic issues are having an impact in today's climate.

Tricks Of The Trade: Disease Free Elms

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge puts on his horticultural hat.

Tricks Of The Trade: Color Temperature Recommendations

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge takes a look at light temperatures.

Tricks Of The Trade: Energy Costs For Gas Dryers

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge estimates energy costs for commercial grade laundry operations.

Tricks Of The Trade: Asset Tracking Recommendations

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge suggests some software for tracking certain facility assets.

Tricks Of The Trade: The War Of The Thermostats

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps one building occupant get to the bottom of some temperature problems.

FM Frequency: Reducing Expenses In 2010? Thanks Uncle Sam!

Sarcasm is hip deep this month as FM Frequency Columnist Jeff Crane vents his budget cutting spleen.

From Where I Sit: The Trouble With Forecasting

Some workplace issues generate a lot of heat yet are merely trendy; while true driving forces get little notice.

Tricks Of The Trade: Stretched Resources

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge attempts to level the playing field.

Tricks Of The Trade: Facilities Vs. Real Estate

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge breaks down the differences between these key operational departments.

FM Frequency: Cutting Costs And Adding Flexibility

In challenging times, repurposing or reconfiguring facility spaces can help.

Tricks Of The Trade: Data Rich BIM

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge explores the BIM revolution.

Tricks Of The Trade: Staffing Demands

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge answers questions about staffing demands.

From Where I Sit: Learning Is The Work That Children Do

TFM Columnist Dr. Tim Springer explains the importance of environment in the learning process.

Tricks Of The Trade: Scope Of Work

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge examines the particulars involved in a SOW for MGE UPS system upkeep.

Tricks Of The Trade: National Specialty Service Providers

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps one multi-site fm consolidate vendors.

FM Frequency: Powerful Realities

Columnist Jeff Crane ponders long-term alternative energy options in response to cap and trade possibilities

Tricks Of The Trade: High-Rise Building Evacuations

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge explains the rationale behind isolated alarms and evacuations in high-rise facilities.

Tricks Of The Trade: Definitive Floor Area Measurements

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge compares the most up to date floor area measurement tools.

FM Frequency: There’s Something In The Air…Or Is There?

In this expanded FM Frequency offering, Jeff Crane explains how an indoor air quality complaint triggered this hypothetical investigation.

Tricks Of The Trade: Smart Card 101

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge examines the different smart card technologies.

FM Frequency: Feverish Forum Recap

In an unprecedented act of humility (and a touch of insanity), FM Frequency Columnist Jeff Crane interviews...himself!

Tricks Of The Trade: Outsourcing Trends

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge dissects the nuances of outsourcing.

FM Frequency: Suburban Facilities Need Love Too

FM Frequency Columnist Jeff Crane makes the case for smart economic development in suburbia.

From Where I Sit: Think BIG, Do Small, Learn Fast

TFM Columnist Dr. Tim Springer looks at the concept of rapid prototyping.

Tricks Of The Trade: Paint Or Laminate?

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge takes a stab at basic woodworking with this practical answer about cabinet renewal.

Tricks Of The Trade: Facilities Staff Allocation

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge tries to answer an old question with a new twist: can you allocate staff per square foot?

FM Frequency: Lean Budgets = Creative Training…

TFM Columnist Jeff Crane argues that professional development shouldn't come to a screeching halt when there's no money to participate in far flung conferences.

Tricks Of The Trade: Fms Get No Respect!

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge answers the question, "Why aren

FM Frequency: A New Regulatory “Environment”

TFM Columnist Jeff Crane ponders the debate on how legislation should be used to direct reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

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