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.

Spike in salaries for architects

According to the 2005 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Compensation Report, average salaries at architecture firms have increased more than 10% between 2002 and 2005, approximately a 3.3% annual compound growth rate. These figures represent a notable increase in compensation considering that professional salaries in the U.S. economy grew by only 2.5% on average over the same period, according to U.S. Department of Labor figures. Trends in... ...Read More...

Web Exclusive: A bridge between government and business

This exclusive article is presented by Michael Chimack, PE, CEM, assistant director of the industrial assessment center at the University of Illinois. What do a University of Illinois undergrad, a printing company, and a malfunctioning air compressor all have in common? In most cases, nothing. If, however, they’re involved in one of 26 Industrial Assessment Centers being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the answer is plenty. These... ...Read More...

Worker confidence begins to rebound following difficult summer

U.S. workers regained some of their lost confidence in October as the Hudson Employment Index(SM) climbed 3.7 points to 100.5. After two consecutive months of energy and weather-related declines, employee attitudes rose marginally this month on every key Index measure. Despite the gains, this month’s reading falls short of where it was in the spring and early summer and is nearly nine points lower than one year ago. Hiring Plans Return to... ...Read More...

Smoking bans hit the pavements

In the state of Washington, tighter anti-smoking laws will be on the ballot for voters next week. If the ban is passed, it would be illegal for smokers to light up within 25 feet of any building—restaurant, office, movie theater, etc.—that already prohibits smoking. The penalty for an offense of this nature could bring about a $100 fine. The Washington state law would expand the reach of indoor smoking bans in cities like New York, Austin,... ...Read More...

Clinton Presidential Library Now Offering Green Tours

Do you live in, or around, Little Rock, Arkansas? Planning to visit the city? Those who enjoy “green” facility tours will find an interesting destination in the Clinton Presidential Center, which houses the former president’s library. The facility, which will celebrate its one-year anniversary on November 18, is certified LEED silver under the U.S. Green Building Council rating system. In late September, the first, exclusively... ...Read More...

Free flooring tool assists with professional installation

Floorcovering products should be installed with the manufacturer’s recommended adhesive and with the right tools to ensure a professional result. A correctly installed floor looks great, reduces callbacks, and produces customer satisfaction and referrals. To that end, TOLI International announces a new program that makes it easy and economical to install a TOLI floor. Effective immediately, the TOLI VERSABLADE™ trowel handle and blade will... ...Read More...

A facility manager’s dream come true

Ford Motor Co. has tapped into the fantasies of facility managers and will introduce a Ford F-250 Super Duty truck next Tuesday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. What’s so fantastic about this truck? Well, put it this way–it comes with a wireless mobile office option priced at about $3,000. The mobile office option will include a wireless-equipped computer, printer, and GPS system. Accessories like... ...Read More...

A facility manager's dream come true

Ford Motor Co. has tapped into the fantasies of facility managers and will introduce a Ford F-250 Super Duty truck next Tuesday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. What’s so fantastic about this truck? Well, put it this way–it comes with a wireless mobile office option priced at about $3,000. The mobile office option will include a wireless-equipped computer, printer, and GPS system. Accessories like... ...Read More...

New Product: Web-based safety tool

SFW, LLC, has launched SFW Incident, a Web-based application designed to help organizations identify, investigate, and take action to reduce the risk of liabilities in and around their facilities. The application provides end users with the capability to record specific incidents instantly — such as personal injury, accidents or damage to assets — on digital maps and floor plans, at the exact location they occur. Facility managers... ...Read More...

Horizon Award nominees for best sports facility

The Horizon Awards Voting Academy released the final nominees vying for top honors at the 2005 Horizon Awards for Sports Business, the nation’s only national recognition forum celebrating excellence in sports business. “This was another very strong year for submissions,” says Dave St. Peter, president of the Minnesota Twins and Voting Academy member. “I don’t envy our position. Selecting overall winners will be very difficult.... ...Read More...