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.

Safety focus of SeminarFest in January

Providing professionals with a week-long source to enhance their workplace safety skills and management techniques, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) SeminarFest 2006 will feature 45 education sessions this January 22-28 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. SeminarFest offers management sessions on such topics as corporate safety, emergency response, hazardous materials, safety and health system audits, risk control... [...]

Warner Brothers Entertainment receives environmental award

Warner Bros. Entertainment has received a 2005 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in the Sustainable Practices or Facilities category for its remodel of an office building following the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Standard for Commercial Interiors (LEED™ CI). The Award is the state of California’s highest environmental honor. Warner Bros. Entertainment participated in... [...]

York now officially part of Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of YORK International, supplier of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment and services. Effective as of the transaction Friday, the Johnson Controls Board of Directors elected former YORK Chief Executive Officer and President C. David Myers as a vice president and corporate officer of Johnson Controls. The company also named Myers as... [...]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: LEED update may require new approach to some credits

This exclusive comes courtesy of CTG Energetics, Inc. Now that the USGBC membership has approved LEED-NC v2.2 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction), it’s time to look at some of the most important changes that will impact LEED projects. Some of these changes will make it easier to achieve a credit, some will make it more difficult, and others will affect the documentation. In this article, we’ve review all of... [...]

Technology is tops, according to IREM predictions

More than 600 of the nation’s top real estate managers recently set out to help define the future agenda for the real estate management profession. As members of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), this group ranked technology as the number one issue confronting managers of commercial properties that are challenged to stay on the cutting edge. Three other key strategic issues also were identified: development of a qualified... [...]

Friday Funny (courtesy of iGreenbuild.com): Visualize this!

This is a bricklayer’s accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers’ Compensation board. This is a true story. Had this guy died, he’d have received a Darwin Award for sure… By: Jon Dougal Dear Sir: I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block 3 of the accident report form. I put “poor planning” as the cause Of my accident. You... [...]

TURIN 2006: GE illuminates Olympic city for Xmas

By Christmas, the Turin old town centre will have a new illumination system for the Olympics. The new technological solutions will make it possible to save over 235,000kw/h of energy a year. The operation, carried out thanks to a collaboration between General Electric and Aem Torino, will concern 1,400 lights in Piazza Castello -, where the medals ceremonies will take place – Piazzetta Reale, Piazza San Carlo, Piazza Carlo Felice, Via Roma... [...]

Web Exclusive: Can mold be safely left inside walls?

The following Web Exclusive comes from Dr. Harriet Burge, courtesy of Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Inc. The removal of mold–under any or all circumstances–ends up being a question of relative risk, and a complicated one at that. First, in the ideal situation, all the mold growth would be removed, either by removal of the growth itself, or of the material supporting the growth. So – what is an ideal situation? Here is... [...]

What’s more important? Construction deadlines or historic artifacts?

There’s an interesting construction quandary in New York City right now: a stone wall built as long ago as the late 17th century has been discovered…right in the middle of a new subway tunnel being constructed under Battery Park. To find out how project managers are handling the situation, read Patrick McGeehan’s article in today’s New York Times . For TFM‘s coverage of another high profile construction challenge,... [...]

What's more important? Construction deadlines or historic artifacts?

There’s an interesting construction quandary in New York City right now: a stone wall built as long ago as the late 17th century has been discovered…right in the middle of a new subway tunnel being constructed under Battery Park. To find out how project managers are handling the situation, read Patrick McGeehan’s article in today’s New York Times . For TFM‘s coverage of another high profile construction challenge,... [...]