Question Of The Week | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

Question Of The Week: Paper Towel Shortfall?

TD Garden in Boston is being sued for a restroom slip and fall. What preventive measures are in your maintenance plans?

Question Of The Week: What Should New Facility Managers Do?

Can established facility managers offer guidance regarding details associated with taking on new facility management responsibilities?

Question Of The Week: Tech Tools For Master Planning

A facilities administrator seeks advice on tools for budget and maintenance plans.

Question Of The Week: Facilities Management Book Recommendations

One new facility management professional is looking for a good reading list from others in the industry.

Question Of The Week: Earthquake Ready?

In the U.S., the scope of seismic activity may be widening.

Question Of The Week: Public Address Standards

Is there an established requirement for relaying emergency messages within a corporate facility?

Question Of The Week: 3D Printing Applications

The impact of 3D printing on the facilities market remains to be seen, but there are developments on the horizon.

Question Of The Week: VFD Induced Shaft Voltage Feedback Wanted

When bearing degradation is attributed to VFD operation, what preventive maintenance options do facility managers have?

Question Of The Week: Storage Best Practices

A facility manager is looking for advice on finding a specific calculation best practice that can be used to estimate storage space requirements based on occupied space.

Question Of The Week: Move Management

Whether moving an office or an entire facility, the task has many moving parts. What resources and strategies are most effective?

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.

Question Of The Week: Top Energy Improvement

What is the most effective change made in the past 12 months?

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?

Question Of The Week: Health And Wellness Strategies

This aspect of sustainable facilities is moving to the forefront.

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.

Question Of The Week: Communication Methods

Whether monthly memos or informal meetings, what methods are most effective to reach staff members?

Question Of The Week: Facilities Headcount Increase

A facility manager is looking for tools that will help justify a headcount increase in his department.

Question Of The Week: Benefits Of BIM

What benefits have you gleaned from the use of BIM in your facility projects? What challenges have you faced?

Question Of The Week: Operating Empty Buildings

One professional asks what the standard minimum maintenance requirement is for operating a vacant building.

Question Of The Week: Rating Vendors With KPIs

Tracking vendor performance is essential to outstanding service. One facility professional inquires on how others are evaluating their outsourced providers.

Question Of The Week: Asset Management Solution

In educational environments, asset tracking can be particularly challenging. One facility professional is seeking asset management advice.

Question Of The Week: Bird Collisions And Buildings

Humane and environmental concerns notwithstanding, an increasing number of locales have passed legislation to address this concern.

Question Of The Week: Best Practices/Policies For Auxiliary Appliances (Personal Heaters And Fans)

Space heaters are the thorn in the side of many facility managers, so one professional is seeking feedback on best practices and policies.

Question Of The Week: Soap Suggestions

A cheap fixture will not stand up to the cleaning in commercial application and will become an eyesore. Meanwhile, the most economical soap is the one that no one complains about. So how should a facility manager decide what to buy?

Question Of The Week: Outsourcing Strategies

A facility professional asks what level of in-house management should oversee outsourced services?

Question Of The Week: High-Maintenance Radiator Valves

Technicians are spending a significant amount of time each season releasing "stuck" radiator valves for occupants, and one manager is looking for ways to resolve the situation permanently.

Question of the Week: Open Office Plan

Open office plans are touted for encouraging collaboration, reducing real estate costs, and increasing overall productivity. But the lack of privacy and possibly problematic acoustics can also present a downside.

Question Of The Week: Staff Assessments

In the process of reorganizing his facilities team, one manager is looking for advice regarding assessment tools that cover the complete range of skills for members of his department.

Question Of The Week: Building Compliance Audits

One facility professional is looking for feedback on how to set up a large scale building compliance/auditing program.

Question Of The Week: Automated Restrooms… Friend Or Foe?

A reader recently shared his thoughts on automatic faucets in public restrooms, noting that these plumbing fixtures dictate the temperature of water he uses to wash his hands, which is often not hot enough for his liking.

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