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Facility Executive December 2022 Issue (Volume 35, Number 6)
Editor’s Letter: What To Expect In 2023
Facility management professionals have had to cope with significant change and transition these past few years. FMs have had to navigate handling hybrid and remote work, capital planning as a potential recession looms, and more while staying focused on keeping building occupants healthy and safe. Looking ahead, labor shortages, and a lack of skilled workers paired with more retirements, will be top of mind. In the midst of this winter’s “tridemic,” as COVID-19, RSV and flu cases have risen, the health and safety of buildings—particularly in regards to indoor air quality (IAQ) and cleaning protocols—will be a major focus in the new year.
Still, in spite of these challenges, facility management professionals have had to adapt before, and will rise to the occasion in the face of uncertainty. With increasing concerns, more facility managers are taking steps to improve their facilities through retrofits, new construction projects, or by changing their policies—ultimately improving operations and creating healthier spaces. This issue showcases how organizations have made an impact on buildings—whether by improving indoor air quality with new and improved ceilings and air conditioning units, or by implementing LED lighting controls. In addition, the FM 2023 Solutions section includes innovative products that can help support your goals in the new year.
The facility management industry is much more equipped to handle change after these past few years of transition, and there is so much potential for buildings to make significant improvements. Best of luck on the year ahead, and have a happy and healthy New Year!
Getting “Schooled” In Indoor Air Quality | A charter school takes several measures to create a safe and healthy indoor environment for students and staff. Plus, how FMs can address IAQ concerns in 2023.
Facility Executive October 2022 Issue (Volume 35, Number 5)
Editor’s Letter: Sustainability And Consistency
Sustainability touches every part of the built environment, from lighting, energy, water usage, indoor air quality, building systems, and more.
Whether you’re in a large, mid-sized, or small company, or if you own or lease your space, everyone can do their part to work toward a more sustainable future, whether it’s working with partners to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, upgrading to more energy-efficient HVAC systems, or by going paperless and implementing recycling programs. It takes research and time to find the optimal solutions for your organizations, and it takes consistency to follow through on sustainability goals.
To help facility managers explore their eco-friendly options, this issue looks at current sustainability and renewable energy trends. In the face of unpredictable weather patterns, see how the built environment has continued to evolve to remain resilient. See how water features can work toward your water conservation goals, not against them. Reusing and recycling furniture, either through re-upholstery or through remanufacturing, is cost-effective and an opportunity for organizations to support their ESG goals.
As facility executives, you know how critical sustainability is to protect our people, the planet, and our infrastructure. Sustainable strategies need to constantly evolve to create safer, healthier, and more resilient buildings.
Facility Executive August 2022 Issue (Volume 35, Number 4)
Editor’s Letter: Your Most Important Job
Facility executives have a lot of their plates. You are responsible for creating a healthy work environment, ensuring all maintenance is taken care of so operations can run smoothly, investigating new solutions to boost productivity, and more. A facility manager is putting out fires left and right, making sure that building occupants are happy, comfortable, and well-taken care of.
Out of all your responsibilities—nothing is more important than keeping building occupants safe. In the past few months, armed intruders have gained access to schools, hospitals, malls, airports, and more. As a facility manager, you have to prepare for the worst and have a plan in place so that tragedy can be prevented. In our Trends pieces this month, we cover the seven major security trends, in addition to exploring what facility executives should consider while reevaluating their security measures in 2022.
Also, in this issue we cover how to mitigate the risk of CMMS systems from being compromised, fire and life considerations for construction projects, and important elements to consider when wiring your office space, allowing employees to charge their devices and stay connected.
As we grapple with major shifts—from how to boost security measures to the ever-changing landscape of the workplace in a post-pandemic world—we want to hear from you. Your stories, your triumphs, and what matters most to you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Facility Executive June 2022 Issue (Volume 35, Number 3)
Editor’s Letter: Creating An Adaptable Environment
For many facility management teams, the office is no longer what it once was: the lone home and hub of your workforce. As more companies shift to fully-remote or hybrid work, facility executives have reevaluated how they use office space, and what more can be done to encourage productivity and progress. As you’ll see in the Workplace trends feature, design trends are focused on establishing collaborative spaces, and how to utilize extra real estate in new, innovative ways to incentivize employees to make their return to the office.
In addition to workplace design, this issue will focus on a number of strategies for facility managers that address security, safety, and public health. As security concerns continue to grip the nation after a number of mass shootings, see how facility managers can minimize security risks. When natural disasters put lives and buildings at risk, as discussed in the Emergency Preparedness feature, it’s critical that facilities have an actionable disaster plan in place. As society recovers from the impacts of a worldwide pandemic, the need for a consistent, effective cleaning strategy continues to be top-of-mind as discussed in the Services and Maintenance feature.
Facility executives have to wear many hats—navigating energy management, capital planning, risk assessments, and so much more—and they are the root of a building’s success or failure. Diving into the world of facility management for the first time, I look forward to exploring new solutions and sharing new innovations with you. Please share your stories, challenges, and successes with me at the email below, I look forward to hearing from you!
Facility Executive April 2022 Issue (Volume 35, Number 2)
Editor’s Letter: Do You See Opportunities All Around?
Facilities professionals are able to juggle multiple tasks—across seemingly disparate tasks to the outside observer. Energy management, security planning, health and wellness, and resource conservation—to name a few—are cornerstones for you and your teams who keep buildings and sites operating every day. Through experience, education, and innate talent, successful facility managers navigate a variety of challenges and opportunities to provide places for productivity to thrive.
In this issue, there are articles to assist in your team’s daily and long-term successes. The lighting stories showcased on the cover discuss long-term opportunities with LEDs, and a lighting retrofit project that is part of a school district’s ongoing energy improvement. Water conservation concerns are not going away: you’ll find insights on saving water across outdoor landscapes, as well as in restrooms.
Inside facilities, flooring is ubiquitous. The article in this issue describes how working with your flooring contractor will open up opportunities for safety and productivity.
Technology is now ubiquitous for facility managers, providing opportunity for those able to identify how adopting new tools and processes will improve their long-term outcomes. Read this issue’s Tech And FM column on supply chain digitization, along with observations on the latest in surveillance cameras and data center trends and see if these developments are on your opportunity horizon.
Facility Executive February 2022 Issue (Volume 35, Number 1)
Editor’s Letter: The More Things Change…
Whether you’ve worked in facilities for three years or thirty, it’s safe to say that since 2020 nearly every facility management team has encountered a significant change to the demands of the job. Every industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, while priorities and specific issues of concern vary across sectors. A common thread, however, is the focus on preventing the spread of disease. Facilities teams responded to the public health threat in real-time, introducing and adjusting HVAC, cleaning, and myriad other protocols. As facilities professionals, protecting the building is also a crucial task—including creating an environment where people and process will thrive as well as maintaining systems that may have been near-dormant at some point in the past two years.
Still, the more things change, the more they stay the same. For instance, compliance is central to the facility management role and one that’s certainly not new. But could your compliance management use a new approach? The “Tech And FM” column asks you to ask yourself six questions to find out. And protecting the facility with a strong building envelope is not a new concern, but one that is evolving with increases in extreme weather events as well as developments in technology. Read about roofing as it relates to repair options, building codes, and drones for inspections. The stories in this issue look at a range of facility management areas, some with a look at potential changes (the recycling infrastructure in the U.S., or building performance standards on a federal level).
Share your stories, challenges, and successes! Send a note to me at the email below.
Facility Executive December 2021 Issue (Volume 34, Number 6)
Editor’s Letter: Moving Facilities Forward Into 2022
It’s been a year of continued transition and adjustment in the facilities profession, and as 2021 comes to a close the Facility Executive team wishes all of our readers health and success in the next year. All industry sectors have been impacted by the pandemic, and as COVID-19 cases are rising once more at the turn of the year, perhaps you and your team are implementing protocols put in place in Spring 2020. Or, have you discovered additional solutions to introduce into facilities operations and maintenance for health and comfort? HVAC systems are a focus in this issue, as this is a central point of concern in buildings of all types. Indoor air quality is discussed in “Better IAQ Through Operations,” and “Cooling The Future” presents a look at a report concerned with the significant increase in air conditioning demand around the world. And, “The HVAC Factor” describes an option to extending the life of equipment with timing, costs, and occupant health in mind.
In other coverage, we look at safety programs and planning. In “Facility Safety Is A 360° Task,” read our conversation with Jim Pauley, President and CEO of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He shares his thoughts on how facility executives might shore up safety in 2022. In “Planning For Winter Storms,” see the moves made by a higher education FM department in Texas based on lessons learned from the early 2021 winter storm there.
And, as you are looking toward the new year, check out the FM SOLUTIONS 2022 section. The products and services showcased may be just what your facility needs. Happy New Year!
Facility Executive October 2021 Issue (Volume 34, Number 5)
Editor’s Letter: Taking A Fresh Look
With 2022 around the corner, it’s the time when many of us take stock of the current year. What goals have we met; which initiatives are in progress; and what are you putting to the top of the list for the coming year? Facilities, with all their moving parts, are perpetual works in progress. Whether this past year has been a focus on maintaining smooth operations or one of significant changes (with the impact of the pandemic still strong), the approaching new year causes many to reflect on what’s next.
This issue’s focus on sustainability looks at several areas where facilities leaders and their teams can evolve their buildings, sites, and overall operations. With extreme weather threatening more locations (and more often), reinforcing current structures and systems to better withstand these and other disruptive events are a top concern at the end of 2021. The article on net zero energy includes points to consider if reducing your organization’s energy footprint is a priority. And, a holistic view of HVAC, green cleaning, and sustainability overall is included in this issue. Meanwhile, facilities maintenance tasks impacted by the pandemic as well as traditional forces are covered in Tech and FM, as well as the articles on remote building inspections and backup power selection.
As you read through this edition of Facility Executive and would like to share your own projects and lessons learned, send a note to the e-mail address below with a brief overview. Enjoy the rest of the fall season, as we all look ahead to the coming new year!
Facility Executive August 2021 Issue (Volume 34, Number 4)
Editor’s Letter: Securing Safe Facilities
Te important focus of health and safety in facilities reached a pinnacle during 2021, and rightly so. With the pandemic evolving, facilities teams and their partners have been busy learning and adapting to ensure procedures across the board are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. As a facilities professional you know this focus is here to stay, and that it goes beyond COVID at this juncture. Prevention and mitigation of all illness-causing threats will be central to facilities operations for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, for this issue we asked the Executive Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), Patty Olinger, to share overarching lessons learned in the cleaning industry in light of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, facility security has been impacted by COVID-19 in the form of the new requirements or voluntary tightening on people’s comings and goings into a building and around a site. And security threats not related to the pandemic are everpresent. Essential Security Trends For FMs identifies five trends impacting physical security solutions for facilities (and there are certainly more). In Cyber Security For Building Networks, we present a talk with a cyber security expert seeking to name actions facility executives could take to protect OT (operational technology) from this front and center threat.
And, with cooler weather approaching for many facilities, Get Roofs Ready For Winter and Pest Management Prep For Winter offer practical tips on these tasks universal to facility management.
As you read through this issue, we invite you to send your experiences or questions about the topics covered in these pages to me at the e-mail address below. Enjoy the waning days of summer!
Facility Executive June 2021 Issue (Volume 34, Number 3)
Editor’s Letter: Facilities Forge Ahead
How different do your facilities look compared to one year ago? How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the physical attributes of the buildings and sites you manage? For all, there have been changes, and for most those shifts were significant. As you and your team continue to implement new systems and tools, and reintroduce pre-pandemic elements back to your facility, I’m sure you know that it is still a work in progress, and the lessons learned over the past 16 months will continue to present themselves to facilities pros across all industry sectors.
The articles featured in this issue are here to supplement the knowledge and strategies you’ve gathered thus far. Insights on the evolution of the office are found in “What Type Of Place Is The New Office?” and see “Creating Useful Outdoor Spaces” for ideas to consider outside your building. And, with rooftop gathering spaces popular for those who can provide this amenity, it’s important to remember that nearby cooling towers should be managed appropriately, covered in “The HVAC Factor: Cooling Towers And Rooftop Decks.”
Healthcare and senior living facilities have been in the spotlight throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) writes about the need for investment in “Investing In Health Care Infrastructure.” And, the head of FM at a senior living community across four states shares their approach to pandemic response and recovery in “COVID-19 Lessons Learned In Senior Living.”
And, we’ve included articles on technology, lighting and energy, and safety (think preparing for natural hazards). As always, feel free to share your stories and queries by sending an e-mail to the address below.
Facility Executive April 2021 Issue (Volume 34, Number 2)
Editor’s Letter: Getting Back On Balance
As we move into the second year of handling the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations that put a long pause on full occupancy in their facilities are welcoming people back to the buildings. The scope and speed of this transition varies by organization, and depends on a number of factors. But overall, a next phase seems to be upon society with facility management teams continuing to be a significant piece of the puzzle. And, traditional tasks and concerns important to the work of facility management remain. In all aspects, facility leaders continue to learn and strive forward to provide safe, efficient, comfortable environments. Many are back on balance, learning to operate in the new normal.
Lighting, always central to facilities, is being cast a new role as the industry learns more about the potential of UV lighting for healthy facilities. While used in HVAC and other areas of buildings for decades, the pandemic has spurred new interest and developments around UV-C light for healthy buildings. Our coverage of lighting extends to controls technology, with a look at a recent study on evolving costs of luminaire level lighting controls.
Meanwhile, ever-important aspects of facility management remain steadfast as priorities. We’ve covered some of these with an article on HVAC retrofits, fire sprinkler system maintenance, energy benchmarking, and a look at ADA compliance.
As always, please feel free share your stories by sending me a message at the e-mail address below. Happy Spring!
Facility Executive February 2021 Issue (Volume 34, Number 1)
Editor’s Letter: Continuing To Adapt In 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit North America in early 2020, facility management professionals and their teams responded by working diligently to understand the best course of action for their particular organization. This required reaching out to others both inside and outside of the industry. Society as a whole learned more about the threat, its impact on people in and around buildings, and how facilities teams could make changes to mitigate the threat and help to ensure the health of occupants. Now in early 2021, we know more about what can be done to protect people. Some have made changes expected to be permanent, while others are in a temporary scenario. Since 2003, this magazine has recognized a singular “Facility Executive of the Year” at the start of each year; for 2020, we chose to look at how a number of organizations made a difference.
Meanwhile, buildings still need maintenance and care outside of COVID-19 requirements and recommendations. Building envelope and exteriors continue to require attention for safety and enjoyment of all occupants, so this month’s issue features articles addressing building envelope and related maintenance.
In a year of adapting to changing conditions, the Facility Executive team made the move to a brand new office toward the end of 2020. The light-filled space is configured for current and future needs of our entire company. See the space, and read the story of our move here. And, if your organization relocated during 2020, share your story by sending a note to me at the email address below.
Facility Executive December 2020 Issue (Volume 33, Number 6)
Editor’s Letter: Lessons Learned & Looking Ahead
As I write this, the first supply of COVID-19 vaccines are beginning to be distributed through a complex infrastructure. While we do not know how the pandemic might be harnessed in the coming months, there is hope we may be approaching a new phase. At home, in our communities, and in the facilities you manage, the past nine months have tested the resolve of people all over the world, in all walks of life. Buildings, the setting for so many activities in our lives, have been a huge focus in terms of how to protect people from the virus, whether they have been present the entire time in mission-critical facilities, or to prepare for employees, students, or guests to return.
In this issue, we’ve included several articles on developments related to HVAC operations and maintenance to combat COVID-19. While the best practices and recommendations continue to evolve, these articles share information to help guide your decisions in both the near-term and long-term. Health and safety in buildings was a growing area of importance for facilities professionals prior to the pandemic, and all signs point to this remaining atop the list of priorities.
And as you’re looking for products and services to improve your facilities in other areas, check out SOLUTIONS 2021. Featured here are innovations in the market for the coming year. Peruse these offerings aimed at providing facilities professionals solutions for the new year and beyond.
Facility Executive October 2020 Issue (Volume 33, Number 5)
Editor’s Letter: Sustainable And Strong Facilities
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains a central concern for facility management professionals. Along with the rest of the world, building professionals have learned much about the virus and how facility design, operations, and maintenance can be altered to help keep people safe from this threat. And, we continue to learn. Organizations, including the U.S. Green Building Council and the International WELL Building Institute, have stepped up to offer guidance tailored to this current health threat. Meanwhile, indoor air quality and effective cleaning procedures remain top of mind for facility management leaders and their teams.
In this evolving landscape, it seemed the industry’s focus on sustainability may have fell quiet for a while. But, it appears this was more of a regrouping. Environmental considerations are more important than ever, as climate impacts continue to threaten communities. Initiatives around combatting COVID-19 overlap with green building concerns in some aspects—in green cleaning efforts aimed at the virus, for example. And, buildings resilient against not only health threats but to extreme weather and manmade events remain an important goal.
As we continue the progress toward healthy, sustainable, resilient facilities, take a moment to review the accomplishments you’ve made thus far in 2020, and then forge ahead..
Facility Executive August 2020 Issue (Volume 33, Number 4)
Editor’s Letter: Looking Ahead
As the Fall season approaches, many facilities teams evaluate what they have accomplished year-to-date and plan for the upcoming year. Understanding what is working well for sites, and looking at where and how to improve areas of operations and maintenance are top of mind come September. This time of year looks very different for facility management professionals—and, of course, you’re not alone. People in all walks of life and professions have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The last quarter of 2020 will be a challenge, but hopefully will be a time when new, effective protocols and processes begin to take hold.
This edition of the magazine addresses the evolution that facilities are undergoing, with articles that focus on the impacts of COVID-19 while also taking a look at everpresent facilities issues (see the roofing maintenance article and the pest management content). Security and safety are a focus in this issue with a look at the potential of audio for facility security. The safety coverage shares insights on social distancing strategies, accessibility issues, and preventing slip-fall incidents. As you and your teams continue to adapt to the new normal, we hope these articles will assist in your decision-making in moving forward.
And “the new normal” for hospitality facilities is discussed in two articles: The New Normal For Hospitality and Welcome Back: The New Hotel Stay. One of the hardest hit industries during the current crisis, hospitality facilities are finding ways to welcome back guests safely and comfortably. That, after all, is the goal of facility management leaders and their teams in every industry.
Facility Executive June 2020 Issue (Volume 33, Number 3)
Editor’s Letter: Moving Forward, Safely
As facility management professionals continue to adjust to the impact of the global pandemic, we’re steadily learning new ways to operate and maintain buildings. From adapting how building systems operate to revising cleaning and sanitation protocols, and from communicating with stakeholders to reconfiguring space and reimagining furniture and fixtures layouts, moving forward safely is the mantra around the industry.
Buildings that closed in the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis are starting to reopen, or are planning with a target date in mind. And those facilities that stayed open throughout the past few months have seen significant changes to their buildings. And everyone is thinking differently than in the past—the past being just several months ago. The relative speed in which we’ve been learning about what best practices are in this “new normal” and how facility executives, their teams, and their partners have responded is testament to the agility and resourcefulness of those who work in facility management.
In this issue, we’ve included several articles to help guide your decisions moving forward with the pandemic top of mind in the world still today. A look at aerosol disinfection methods can be found in the Services & Maintenance coverage. And workplace design insights are shared with references available to the industry. And, we asked healthcare facilities designers to share thoughts on these spaces for the future, while an expert on aging shares insights for moving forward at senior living facilities with wellness at the forefront.
Sharing lessons learned is valuable, and I’d invite you to share your experiences by sending an email to me at email@example.com.
Facility Executive April 2020 Issue (Volume 33, Number 2)
Editor’s Letter: Human Resourcefulness
A little more than one month ago, I took a day out of the office to attend a regional trade show nearby. As my colleague and I made the hour drive to the conference center, we agreed that we would avoid shaking hands with those we met at the exhibit booths or while walking the aisles. It was late February, and the concern about coronavirus (now COVID-19) was beginning to hit a new level in our state of New Jersey. Once on the show floor, I remembered my self-imposed ban on handshakes and refrained. But, soon enough I was shaking hands and back to the normal greeting virtually all of us utilize at these industry events. Thankfully, I’m in good health as I type this letter to you. But, what a difference one month makes. Here we are in the midst of this crisis, and depending where you are, waiting for “the curve to flatten.”
This situation is affecting us all, in more ways than I, as an individual, can imagine. And the perspectives and experiences are vast. But one thing I’d like to comment on is the resourcefulness of people around the world, but also the facility management and buildings industry. From remote working and learning to revamping manufacturing lines to produce medical PPE, and from donations to newly forged partnerships, our staff has had the privilege of having a window into how this industry is banding together to keep people safe, facilities operating, and more.
So, thank you facilities professionals. Thank you manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers. Thank you to the associations and other groups that have come together. Thank you to all who are doing your part to get through this crisis.
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