Facility Management Articles

Articles in this section provide insight into how facility managers can keep on top of what they need to know to sustain their careers.

Avian flu adds to cold and flu season worries

More than half the people in a new survey about the upcoming cold and flu season say they are concerned about the possibility of a flu strain jumping from animals to humans. The results represent a big shift from a year ago, when only 1% of respondents to a similar question reported being worried about avian or bird flu. Both surveys were conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Professional. Some of the other key... ...Read More...

Winners of the 2005 Brick in Architecture Awards

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) recently announced the winners of its 2005 Brick in Architecture Awards. Each winning project demonstrated the importance of good design and the need to use environmentally friendly materials to create durable and sustainable structures. Award winning projects include: Project: RadioShack Riverfront Campus, Fort Worth, Texas Architect: HKS, Inc. The RadioShack Riverfront Campus, which replaced two high-rise... ...Read More...

Bonus funny: the link between cell phones and Finnish toilets

Amusing and odd little news item in today’s... ...Read More...

Diversity's impact on workplace safety

American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Practice Specialty Administrator Linda Tapp, ALCM, CSP, of Cherry Hill, NJ, recently pointed out how, with the workforce being more diverse than ever, it is important for facility managers to be aware and take actions to help provide a safe workplace for everyone—regardless of their age, language, body shape, or size. Tapp noted that today there are more women workers, workers with English as a... ...Read More...

Diversity’s impact on workplace safety

American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Practice Specialty Administrator Linda Tapp, ALCM, CSP, of Cherry Hill, NJ, recently pointed out how, with the workforce being more diverse than ever, it is important for facility managers to be aware and take actions to help provide a safe workplace for everyone—regardless of their age, language, body shape, or size. Tapp noted that today there are more women workers, workers with English as a... ...Read More...

Green buildings better for learning?

Turner Construction Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Turner Corporation, has announced the findings of its survey of 665 building owners, developers, architects, engineers, corporate owner-occupants, consultants, and educational institutions on green building issues. Similar to the survey conducted in 2004, the 2005 Market Barometer again took a snapshot of the views of senior executives on the benefits and costs of green buildings.... ...Read More...

Clearing up code confusion

Accessibility compliance may sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing which codes and laws apply helps to avoid the headaches of costly retrofits or lawsuits. Now a new Web resource makes it easier to navigate the codes, standards and legislation that address accessibility. The International Code Council developed the site to help people understand how the different accessibility regulations fit together. The new site covers... ...Read More...

Change Management event today and tomorrow in NYC

Senior executives will examine the growing role of change management in major corporations at The Conference Board’s 2005 Change Management Conference. This meeting, sponsored by Mercer Delta Organizational Consulting, will be held Nov. 15-16 at the Marriott Financial Center. This conference will explore leading edge ideas and approaches to change leadership through a series of company case examples (live and on video), panel discussions, and... ...Read More...

Updated position on design of fire protection systems

Fire protection systems – including fire detection, alarm and suppression systems – play a significant role in safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public. As such, it is essential for fire protection systems to be designed by qualified professionals. Because of industry-wide concerns over the inconsistencies in state and local engineering regulations regarding the qualifications for those who design fire protection... ...Read More...

From the residential world: built in less than an hour

On Saturday, November 19, Architect Dante Bini will attempt to build a four-ton, 600 square foot house through the use of robots alone. Spurred by the recent Asian tsunami, New Orleans, Pakistan earthquake catastrophes, Bini has developed a super-low-cost self-erecting house that can be constructed in less than an hour and can be easily moved from location to location enabling emergency workers to build an entire temporary city in days. This... ...Read More...