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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.

Friday Funny: A Maintenance Aria? (I don't make this stuff up)

To spread the message to the world to work against the Maintenance Crisis, Joel Leonard enlisted David Holley, Director of Opera at the famed University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Music School to record an operatic version. Leonard, also known as the Maintenance Evangelist, wrote the original version in October of 2002 after attending an Engineering Conference in Nashville, TN. After hearing hundreds of facilities engineering executives... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: A Maintenance Aria? (I don’t make this stuff up)

To spread the message to the world to work against the Maintenance Crisis, Joel Leonard enlisted David Holley, Director of Opera at the famed University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Music School to record an operatic version. Leonard, also known as the Maintenance Evangelist, wrote the original version in October of 2002 after attending an Engineering Conference in Nashville, TN. After hearing hundreds of facilities engineering executives... ...Read More...

The world of Greenbuild

After arriving at Greenbuild this morning, I attended a portion of an educational session dedicated to a subject near and dear to the hearts of many facility managers–green product selection. The panelists all agreed that the numerous lists, regulations, tools, etc. are overwhelming, and even made the suggestion to use LEED as a measurement stick rather than a design tool. The mixed messages and the greenwashing associated with product... ...Read More...

Building in the aftermath

The National Building Museum will sponsor a series of educational sessions exploring the impact of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita on architecture, engineering, preservation, and urbanism. The first presentation will be given on Monday, November 14. America faces unprecedented challenges as it preserves, restores, and where necessary, rebuilds New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after the destruction of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many complex... ...Read More...

Can health care facilities meet patient demand?

According to a recent survey of health care executives across the country, 52% do not believe our nation’s health care facilities will be able to meet patient care demands adequately over the next five years. The survey, facilitated by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., questioned hospital CEOs, CFOs, and facility managers nationwide. The survey respondents represented 31 states. Michael D. Bolen, chief executive officer and chairman of... ...Read More...

More problems in high profile facilities

In Athens, Greece, repairs are being made to the roof of the Olympic Stadium. Officials reassure the public there is no serious safety issue, and there is no immediate threat of collapse. Made from steel and glass and designed by Santiago Calatrava (who is also designing the new Fordham Spire in Chicago), the dome is in need of rewelding, because some of the supports were not aligned properly from the beginning. A report in the Associated Press... ...Read More...

New furniture emissions testing standard in review

The BIFMA Furniture Emissions Standard (FES) Subcommittee recently completed drafting a Standard and Test Method for measuring emissions from office furniture. The documents are now undergoing a public comment period as an integral part of the approval process developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Interested and affected stakeholders are invited and encouraged to participate in the review of both documents. BIFMA’s... ...Read More...

Customer service distinction

The HON Company’s customer service team recently received a “World Class Customer Satisfaction” distinction from Service Quality Management (SQM) Group’s seventh annual Contact Center Awards. SQM determines the “World Class Customer Satisfaction” distinction by reviewing feedback from over 200 surveys conducted via telephone to a random group of HON customers. An extremely high percentage of respondents (88%) rated their overall call... ...Read More...

Top female owned businesses in the U.S.

DiversityBusiness.com has announced the Div500, the 6th annual listing of the nation’s top 500 women-owned businesses. At the top of 2005’s Div500 is Omega World Travel, based in Fairfax, VA, with $1.2 billion in 2004 revenues. Ranging in revenue size from $20 million to over $1 billion, the companies listed on the Div500 represent the nation’s top women earners and challenge the long-held notion that women-owned businesses are... ...Read More...

Green leadership recognized

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the 2005 recipients of its Fourth Annual Leadership Awards. The awards are presented in six categories including Community, Education, LEED, Organizational Excellence, Research, and Advocacy. The Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that signify vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green building design and construction. The recipients will be... ...Read More...