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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.

Dec 12: Free workshop on Virtual Building and Collaborative Design & Construction

Next week at GSA Headquarters in Washington, DC, there will be a free one-day workshop which will bring together practitioners from around the country who are willing to share their experiences with VB and Collaborative Teaming from the owners’ and contractors’ perspectives. Subject matter includes: *4D/constructability;* Model cost integration, use of model for estimating;* Owners use of models and standards; and* Model based teams;... ...Read More...

Westin Hotels go smoke free in January

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that its Westin Hotels & Resorts will become the first hotel chain to introduce a brand wide smoke-free policy. Effective January 2006, all 77 Westin hotels in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean will go 100% smoke-free* including all guestrooms and public areas. The brand’s new policy is a result of customer data and a clear demand for a healthy, smoke-free hotel experience. For... ...Read More...

Link between workplace noise and heart attacks?

There’s a strange little Blog entry now posted on the FC Now site…Killer Offices that was posted around the same time as a “Killer Boss” piece was printed in Fast Company. Do you have any comments about the alleged link between early fatality rates and the workplace stress level? Are these complaints... ...Read More...

Security in a post 9/11 world–better or worse than before?

Hard to believe that some experts are claiming the U.S. is in a less favorable position to defend itself against another attack than it was before the events of more than four years ago. Yet, those are some of the claims being raised in the final report from the bipartisan 9/11 commission. For TFM‘s latest security coverage, see “The Path of Most Resistance” by Brian Kraemer. At the heart of one of the issues is poor... ...Read More...

The plight of Frank Lloyd Wright's educational legacy

Faced with $100 million in facilities repairs and development, both of Frank Lloyd Wright’s educational endeavors face difficult times. Ted Robbins of NPR has this... ...Read More...

The plight of Frank Lloyd Wright’s educational legacy

Faced with $100 million in facilities repairs and development, both of Frank Lloyd Wright’s educational endeavors face difficult times. Ted Robbins of NPR has this... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: Engineering Ingenuity

Bear with me, members of the faithful FacilityBlog community, while I slog through the backlog of work that has piled up in my absence. Still, I couldn’t neglect the Friday Funny two weeks in a row! Here’s a quickie–the “Bored at Work” Web site. It’s a perfect diversion for any engineer with a little too much time on his/her hands.... ...Read More...

Guide to contractor cleaning

Cleaning tips, ideas, and suggestions should help BSCs work more efficiently and develop skills and procedures that help them protect the health of building occupants—the ultimate goal of... ...Read More...

Dec. 4-8: Lean Management Conference

The IIE Lean Management Solutions Conference will be held next week in Orlando, FL. The program focuses on how companies have successfully used Lean methods to improve productivity and reduce costs dramatically. Highlights include:*Keynote by Jeffrey Liker, author of the bestselling The Toyota Way.*Keynote by Chuck Parke, vice president, operations, Maytag Cooking Division on The Implementation of LeanSixSigma at Maytag.*56 practitioners and... ...Read More...

The future of safety

Compliance should not be the only goal and safety should be viewed as a process and a business core value, not a program, says ASSE member Darryl C. Hill, CSP, of... ...Read More...