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The primary disciplines of facility management—building envelope & exteriors, construction & retrofits, energy, environment, facility management, interiors, safety, security, technology—along with other important topics are included in this section.

"Aisle three cleanup, Qing vases…"

This story should make any facility manager for a museum gasp in disbelief and horror. In Cambridge, England, a museum visitor tripped on his own shoelace and shattered three valuable Chinese vases from the Qing dynasty. For the full story, see the following... ...Read More...

Amusing outlook on the open office

Fast Company ran “Death to the Cubicle” last June (2005), and it has since been posted on the Fast Company Blog. An amusing piece to start out with, the story by Linda Tischler is only made better by the additional posts at the end of the original piece. Read the whole exchange... ...Read More...

In Dearborn, it's drive a Ford or park elsewhere

In the aftermath of the Ford’s announcement that it will cut 30,000 jobs in North America and close 14 plants, staff at the Dearborn truck plant are being strongly advised to drive Ford vehicles…or ELSE! Specifically, new company policy at the plant will exclude non-Ford drivers from the plant’s parking lot, a plan put in place by Plant Manager Rob Webber. The plan goes in place this Wednesday, February 1. So far, there has... ...Read More...

In Dearborn, it’s drive a Ford or park elsewhere

In the aftermath of the Ford’s announcement that it will cut 30,000 jobs in North America and close 14 plants, staff at the Dearborn truck plant are being strongly advised to drive Ford vehicles…or ELSE! Specifically, new company policy at the plant will exclude non-Ford drivers from the plant’s parking lot, a plan put in place by Plant Manager Rob Webber. The plan goes in place this Wednesday, February 1. So far, there has... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: The Professional's Test

Today’s Friday Funny comes from the Lots of Jokes Web site. This quiz consists of four questions that tells you whether or not you are qualified to be a professional. SCROLL DOWN FOR THE ANSWERS. There is no need to cheat. The questions are not that difficult. You just need to think like a professional. 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door. This... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: The Professional’s Test

Today’s Friday Funny comes from the Lots of Jokes Web site. This quiz consists of four questions that tells you whether or not you are qualified to be a professional. SCROLL DOWN FOR THE ANSWERS. There is no need to cheat. The questions are not that difficult. You just need to think like a professional. 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door. This... ...Read More...

FM Frequency: Balancing Act

For FM Frequency Columnist Jeff Crane, 2006 begins with more advice on keeping your building pressure right where it... ...Read More...

Special Report: Stealth Buildings

In his last "Material Revolution," Brian Kraemer looks at carbon fibers and their ability to strengthen building foundations.... ...Read More...

Professional Development: The Benefits Of Integration

Contributor Mike DeNamur explains how the removal of crossed signals may ease communications problems.... ...Read More...

Energy bill would reduce Hawaii's oil dependence

The State of Hawaii is launching a comprehensive and integrated approach to reducing oil dependence, Republican Governor Linda Lingle’s “Energy for Tomorrow” bill. Energy is not a partisan issue; majority Democrats offered their own energy package containing similar themes. In the absence of federal leadership, however, states will be the laboratories for change and policy innovation on energy, with Hawaii poised to be in the... ...Read More...