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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.

Going green one city at a time

Last week, Business Edge News Magazine reported on the first Leed certified condo project: a 67-unit, $20 million mixed use building in North Vancouver, BC. The project only cost 1.7% more than a conventional equivalent, and despite being LEED certified, it does not require residents to change their lifestyles or become inconvenienced in any way. More important, perhaps, is the news that the City of Vancouver is “embedding”... ...Read More...

Tricks Of The Trade: Disaster Planning 101

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge follows up on a complex question with a simple... ...Read More...

Year end employment numbers up, but not as high as anticipated

This morning (1/6/06), the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its numbers on the December employment situation. In November 2005, the economy added 305,000, but in December, only 108,000 new jobs were created. According to Jim Lanzalotto, vice president of Yoh, “Employment numbers for December should remain steady with a slight, but characteristic, decline during the holidays,” says Lanzalotto. “Small additions to IT budgets and revisits... ...Read More...

India's Silicon Valley to increase security after university attack

In late December, a fatal shooting at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore prompted officials at universities and other vulnerable facilities to rethink security measures. According to a 12/29/05 report posted on ITworld.com, One person was killed and four injured in the gunfire on the campus of IISc, one of India’s most prestigious educational institutes. They were part of a large group of scientists and professors that... ...Read More...

India’s Silicon Valley to increase security after university attack

In late December, a fatal shooting at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore prompted officials at universities and other vulnerable facilities to rethink security measures. According to a 12/29/05 report posted on ITworld.com, One person was killed and four injured in the gunfire on the campus of IISc, one of India’s most prestigious educational institutes. They were part of a large group of scientists and professors that... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: The Perfect Worker

This week’s Friday Funny comes from the Worklng Folks Web Site…(it’s just a joke) Letter from Management 1 Bob Smith, my assistant programmer, can always be found 2 hard at work in his cubicle. Bob works independently, without 3 wasting company time talking to colleagues. Bob never 4 thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always 5 finishes given assignments on time. Often he takes extended 6 measures to complete... ...Read More...

Sustainable message starts 2006 with a bang

In today’s New York Times (registration required), there’s an interesting article about the escalation of green based materials for the construction market, particularly in terms of home improvements. To find out how consumers are responding, read the article... ...Read More...

The next chapter of the Katrina saga: Gray Line Tours

To start the new year, sightseeing bus company Gray Line is offering what its calling a new blockbuster tour–Hurricane Katrina: America’s Worst Catastrophe. Some may see it as a gross act of opportunism, but historically, tourists have been fascinated by disaster sites like Pearl Harbor and Ground Zero. And with its focus on infrastructure failures and prospective resolution, the tour could be particularly interesting to members of... ...Read More...

Energy: A look back at 2005; what to expect in 2006

For executives responsible for the bottom line, be it facilities, operations or overall finances, 2005 will certainly be a year for the record books. The main reason–energy. In fact, energy management was listed as one of the top three threats for business earlier in the year. With understanding the new Energy Bill, regulations from Sarbanes-Oxley, and the fact that energy prices have more than doubled since the same period last year, many... ...Read More...

AIA Gold Medal Winner for 2006: Antoine Predock

The Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is pleased to announce that architect Antoine Predock, FAIA, is the recipient of the 2006 AIA Gold Medal. The AIA Gold Medal, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA confers on an architect. The Gold Medal honors an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. The award will be presented at the American... ...Read More...