IFMA Survey Open: Identifying FM Responsibilities
In February, IFMA launched the 2009 Global Job Task Analysis (GJTA)—an important undertaking for the purpose of identifying responsibilities and job activities shared by facility managers worldwide. IFMA is now entering the survey phase of the GJTA project, and the participation of active facility professionals is crucial.
NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Bariatric Dining Chair From Kwalu
This chair is designed to withstand weights of 250, 500, 700, or 1000 pounds.
A Look At LED Lighting
LED lighting, with its promise of high levels of energy efficiency and long operating life, is being used in certain applications in many facilities. However, the technology is not mainstream in today's facilities.
Strategy During Economic Downturn? Back To Basics
The 2009 Ernst & Young real estate business risk report, produced in conjunction with Oxford Analytica, itemizes the 10 top business risks faced by the industry as ranked by leading sector analysts.
NEW PRODUCT FLASH: E-Krete From PolyCon
This coating is designed to extend the life of asphalt and other surfaces.
Global FM Launches World FM Day, August 28, 2009
Global FM member organizations on five different continents will celebrate World FM Day by organizing events such as luncheons, seminars, and workshops, or by undertaking any other activity to celebrate and promote facilities management.
NEW PRODUCT FLASH: MGE Galaxy EPS 8000
The new uninterruptible power supply (UPS) from APC by Schneider Electric is designed to meet the needs of many environments.
IFMA Joins Group to Advise Department of Energy on High-Performance Green Building
IFMA has joined a consortium of other organizations from the building community that seeks to provide guidance and technical expertise on sustainability issues to the DOE's Building Technologies Program.
New York City Icon Goes Greener
Now underway, energy efficiency retrofits at the Empire State Building are being implemented through an integrated approach.
GSA Submits Economic Recovery Plans to Congress
The GSA has submitted a $5.55 billion spending proposal highlighting the public building projects it plans to accomplish with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. IFMA is working with GSA as an industry partner to educate the public about GSA’s efforts.
IFMA Announces New Council for City and Country Club Professionals
The City Country Clubs Council of IFMA gives facility professionals from public and private clubs offering recreational activities, event hosting, and gourmet dining a network to share resources, connect with other professionals, and benefit from continuing education courses.
FRIDAY FUNNY: Am I Annoying You Yet?
Who is the most annoying person in your office? Or is you (heaven forbid)?
WEIRD WEDNESDAY: It Floats!
The new headquarters for Mayr-Melnhof, an Austrian wood processing company, appears to float in the Styrian landscape.
IFMA President and CEO David J. Brady Announces Retirement
President and CEO David J. Brady has announced he will retire from IFMA during the first quarter of 2010.
Data Center Key In The World Of High Tech Racing
Scuderia Ferrari relies on its facility to bring it through the Formula 1 season.
FRIDAY FUNNY: Extreme Demolitions
Some of these explosions/implosions are spectacular illustrations of how facility managers feel when frustrated by their buildings.
Autodesk Inventor Helps Designers Focus on World’s Largest Telescope
The telescope will be housed in an astronomical observatory created by Dynamic Structures, one of the world's premier providers of complex movable structures.
WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Cave Foreclosure Averted
A family in Festus, MO facing foreclosure on its cave home recently found a way to keep it. In February, Curt and Deborah Sleeper had plans to auction their 17,000-square-foot home (built inside a former limestone and sandstone cave) on eBay with an opening bid of $300,000. But, early this month, the founder/owner of Logical Source, Inc., a New Jersey-based document management company, made the couple an offer that will allow them to stay in their cave.
Retail Facilities Of The Future
The International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. is holding a design competition to envision what shopping centers will look like 20 years from now.
FRIDAY FUNNY: Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws
Typically, facility managers appreciate the classic Murphy's Laws (which go back as far as 1841, according to Wikipedia, but were formalized in 1877 at a meeting of an engineering society). This week, we have Peter SJF Bance to thank (again) for these lesser known laws from Murphy.