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As the need to do more with less increases, Crane offers some clever cuts in essential services.
As the need to do more with less increases, Crane offers some clever cuts in essential services.


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Latest: FM Frequency: Conserving Dollars - As the need to do more with less increases, Crane offers some clever cuts in essential services.

FM Frequency: Conserving Dollars

As the need to do more with less increases, Crane offers some clever cuts in essential services.

Tricks Of The Trade: Reducing Energy Consumption

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge examines the topic of occupancy sensors.

FM Frequency: The Sales Rep’s Guide To Facility Managers

Crane gives away the secret to getting the attention of this powerful purchasing audience.

Web Based FM Trends: Decoding The Acronym Puzzle

Web based facility management offerings are becoming easier to decipher.

FM Frequency: Asking Tough Questions; Seeking Honest Answers

This month's column from Jeff Crane drifts into the realm of the radical.

Tricks Of The Trade: Super Smart Cards

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge gets help from TFM Facility Technologist Tom Condon and reviews the limitless possibilities of today's technology.

Tricks Of The Trade: Standardized Cleaning Documents

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge looks at the audit process in an attempt to standardize housekeeping reports.

Tricks Of The Trade: Capital Equipment Replacement Program

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps one reader create a capital equipment replacement program.

FM Frequency: Singing The 1040 Blues…Or Was That A Hymn?

Tax preparation is an unexpected religious experience for FM Frequency Columnist Jeff Crane.

Tricks Of The Trade: Prepping For An Interview

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps one hopeful fm prepare for his first "imaginary" week on the job.

Tricks Of The Trade: Structural Construction Documents

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge finds a guideline addressing coordination and completeness of structural construction documents.

Tricks Of The Trade: Meat Locker Sheets (!?)

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge figures out where to get soft walls for a data center.

Tricks Of The Trade: Green Building Basics

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps on facility professional find out about green building certification options.

Tricks Of The Trade: Mission Critical Quiz

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge takes the redundancy question quiz.

Facility Fix: Chilling Out

This Q&A with Peter Whiteman illustrates how new chillers provide an energy efficient solution for a healthcare facility in Saskatchewan, Canada.

FM Frequency: From the Outside Looking In

A peek inside the fictitious life of temporary facility manager, Ms. Y (courtesy of "Dear Diary").

Tricks Of The Trade: Hello, Columbus!

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge breaks down operations costs for the City of Columbus, OH.

Tricks Of The Trade: Organizational Tools

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge gets one facility manager on track with a solution to her task management problems.

Tricks Of The Trade: Water In The Lights

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge addresses the safety issue of leaky roofs, water, and light fixtures.

From Where I Sit: Facility Management Is…

Tim Springer challenges fms to define what they do in terminology that's tangible to everyone.

FM Frequency: For The Love Of Buildings

Confessions under the knife: anesthesia exposes the trippy side of Crane's facility sensibilities.

Tricks Of The Trade: Mythbusting the Copper vs. Aluminum Debate

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge puts forth the case for copper wire vs aluminum wire connected to main electrical switch gears.

FM Frequency: That’s What I Like About LEED

The new year is revealing an optimistic side of FM Frequency Columnist Jeff Crane.

Facility Fix: Reading Light

When the senior property manager of The New York Public Library needed to find new lighting components, he searched for a way to remain true to the city's original vision of the establishment.

FM Frequency: A Few Of My Favorite (Web) Things

They may not be raindrops on roses, but there are some things that make Jeff Crane happy.

From Where I Sit: Hello Columbus!

Tim Springer discovers the best of American urban planning during a recent trip to Columbus.

Tricks Of The Trade: Cost To Build Out Raw Space

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps one reader find out if the general contractor's quote is in the right ballpark.

FM Frequency: Rolling With The Facilities Budget

There are alternatives to the traditional method of budget preparation.

Facility Fix: Work Order System Thwarts Campus Tryst!

With new work order management software, Chris Hill brought efficiency to a university's maintenance practices

Tricks Of The Trade: Concrete Crack Up

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge gets to the bottom of this annoying problem.

Sustainable By Design: Nature’s Best Ideas For Buildings

Biomimicry proves that imitation is the highest form of flattery. After all, millions of species can't be wrong.

Sustainable By Design: On The Continuum: Life After LEED-NC

Two years after achieving LEED certification for its original construction, the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR pursues LEED for Existing Buildings.

Facility Fix: Safe Passage

Miami International Airport is experiencing a major expansion. With airport security an increasingly important issue, Ray Davalos needed to find an inventive way to test new security products and systems.

FM Frequency: Relief From Green Fatigue

Crane humorously dissects his latest energy saving project: re-lamping for fun and profit!

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