Recent Issues

Full back issues of Facility Executive and Today's Facility Manager magazines are featured here. Publication articles are listed in a clickable Table of Contents. Facility Executive magazine covers all aspects of construction projects, modernization and ongoing operations for commercial buildings and facilities. Also view our Digital Issues.

April 2014 Issue (Volume 27, Number 3)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Per Square Foot Costs For Renovations and Tracking Maintenance

The HVAC Factor: Keeping Cool, Safely | High volume, low speed fans can help protect workers in high temperature facilities.

Professional Development: Cooperative Purchasing | For organizations eligible to participate, this procurement approach saves time and money.

Services & Maintenance: Greener Groundskeeping | The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) is rolling out an updated rating system.

Lighting Trends: Lighting Controls Update | Revisions to codes and standards impact lighting control systems while continued developments in LED lighting serve facility management needs.

FM Issue: Cybersecurity Evolution | As facilities systems increasingly intersect with IT infrastructure, protection is paramount.

Manufacturing Case Study: Optimized Production | A manufacturer in Moorestown, NJ operates on solar power.

Renewable Energy: Combined Heat And Power | In response to an Executive Order, the National Archives stepped up its pursuit of energy efficiency.

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March 2014 Issue (Volume 27, Number 2)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Transitioning To Facility Management and Best Practices Pursuits

FM Frequency: Occupant Well-Being | Occupants benefit from effective cleaning practices along with other strategies.

Technology And FM: Building A Green Data Center | Whether pursuing LEED certification or not, the rating system’s standards provide clear guidance.

Facility Retrofit: Delivering Daylighting | At Douglas County, CO schools, daylighting has become a standard.

Services & Maintenance: Energy Improvement Plans | There are numerous avenues to conservation, and facility managers can integrate their plans into long-term strategies.

FM Issue: Safer And Stronger | Fire systems and policies at the University of Iowa have been revamped. A sidebar article on sprinkler systems can help facilitate selection.

Data Center Trends: Monitoring Data Centers | Crucial to successful operation is choosing the best system to track power conditions.

K-12 Case Study: Education Renovation | In Herculaneum, MO, improvements at four school facilities were put in place through an energy performance contract.

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January/February 2014 Issue (Volume 27, Number 1)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Fire Extinguisher Codes and Furthering Facilities Careers

The HVAC Factor: Standard Maintenance | When planning a system cleaning, consulting NADCA’s updated ACR standard can assist.

Professional Development: Follow The Leader | Facility managers empower themselves and their staff when they adopt five qualities.

Services & Maintenance: Composting Programs | Diverting organic matter from the landfill adds another dimension to recycling policies.

2014 Readers’ Choice Awards | In this annual survey, TFM asked its readers to cast their votes for preferred suppliers based on their buying experiences in the past year.

TFM 2014 Facility Executive Of The Year | Ted Bielicky, CFM, senior director of facilities for Novo Nordisk, oversaw the company’s new North American headquarters project.

FM Issue: Withstand The Weather | Put in place to protect facilities, roofs are subject to a variety of threats.

HVAC Trends: Controls Conversion | A switch from pneumatic to digital for HVAC controls does not have to be all-or-nothing.

High Tech Case Study: Fitting In | A new 10,000 square foot data center in Seattle, WA was up and running in 100 weeks.

Renewable Energy: Solar Power And Life Safety | Facility managers operating solar PV systems need to communicate with first responders.

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December 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 11)

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FM Solutions | Discovering new products and services to improve operations is a boon to a facility manager. TFM’s December 2013 issue featured a number of products recently introduced by industry suppliers, and Anne Cosgrove, TFM’s Editor in Chief, spoke with some of these vendors about how their offerings are designed to help facility managers further their goals in 2014.

2013 Trends Recap | Ushering in a new year does not mean the projects and goals already in motion come to an end. This feature provides a look back at the topics analyzed in TFM‘s Trends coverage during 2013 and contains information facility managers need to know now and throughout 2014.

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November 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 10)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Gauging Customer Service and Energy Usage Patterns

FM Frequency: Taking Care of Business | Columnist Charles Carpenter highlights possible missed opportunities for lower total cost of ownership.

Professional Development: Effective Tech Infrastructure | Organizational network standards impact more than the facilities data center.

Services & Maintenance: Indoor Air Concerns | To prevent or mitigate concerns from occupants, facility managers can focus on five potential sources of trouble.

Roofing Trends: Limiting Overhead Risk | Consistent safety measures contribute to extending the service life of facility roofs.

FM Issue: Brawn Over Buzz | Integrating building management systems calls for facility managers to connect with IT counterparts.

Senior Living Case Study: Active Enhancements | In Wichita Falls, TX, a community centered addition expands nursing care residents’ horizons.

Renewable Energy: From Pipe Dream To Mainstream | Apple, Google, and IKEA are doing it. How feasible is it for a broad array of organizations to go for 100% clean energy?

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October 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 9)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Tackling Sewage Odors and Roofing Research

Technology And FM: Disaster Tech | Preparing for the worst case is a sound approach when considering natural disaster threats.

The HVAC Factor: Keeping Steady With Geothermal | This renewable energy approach maintains crucial temperatures for a research facility in North Carolina.

Professional Development: What People Want | With the demand for wireless connectivity here to stay, a distributed antennae system is an option.

Services & Maintenance: Security Merge | Implementing new measures into an existing facility should take into account the assets already in place.

Green Cleaning Trends: Cleaning With Electrolyzed Water | This chemical free cleaning process is effective for many applications. Also, create a green cleaning program, and ensure eco-friendly power washing.

FM Issue: Financing Renewable Energy | Facility managers interested in cleaner power sources may find projects more feasible with emerging funding options.

LEED Case Study: To Sustain And Support | Certified LEED Gold, Seattle University’s Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons brings together a plethora of learning resources.

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September 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 8)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Forklift Damage Issues And FM Licensing Requirements

FM Frequency: Best Of The Best | With diverse talents and a proactive nature, Winston Churchill might have excelled in facility management.

Professional Development: Open Dialogue | Communication is key to successful construction, and facility managers can steer the conversation.

Services & Maintenance: Stemming The Tide | Applying principles from EPA’s WaterSense program results in water and energy savings.

FM Issue: The Calm Before The Storm | As extreme weather events persist, a group of industry professionals compiled recommendations to strengthen mission critical facilities.

Energy Management Trends: The Power Of Plugs | According to recent research, plug loads are the fastest growing energy use item in commercial facilities.

Hotel Case Study: At Your Service | In Oshkosh, WI, the new Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel was renovated on a tight timeline.

Renewable Energy: Sizing Up Solar PV | Before taking the solar power plunge, consider several factors to ensure a good fit.

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August 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 7)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Sub-Carpet Discoveries And Continuing Education

Technology and FM: Security Perimeters | Fence mounted sensors, electromagnetic fields, and intelligent cameras are among the tools to consider.

The HVAC Factor: Spiral Round Ductwork | This alternative to rectangular ducting provides increased efficiencies in the right conditions.

Professional Development: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) | The increased use of mobile devices spurs facility managers to introduce formal policies for their staff.

Services & Maintenance: Lighting Retrofits With LEDs | The use of LED technology in a variety of facility applications continues to expand.

FM Issue: Cool Down | Reflective roofing reduces the heat that penetrates into a facility. Plus, at Duke Medicine in Durham, NC, vegetative roofs help stormwater management.

Security Trends: Elevating Safeguards | Near field communications (NFC) provides robust capabilities for access control systems and more. Also, surveillance cameras enhance outdoor security.

Manufacturing Case Study: At A Swift Pace | In Welland, Ontario, a manufacturing plant is brought online in an abbreviated timeline. Plus, the U.S. Department of Energy continues its Better Buildings, Better Plants program.

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July 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 6)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Comprehensive Audits and High-Tech Cigarettes

FM Frequency: A Place Called Subiaco | Nestled in the Arkansas River valley, what began as a monastery in 1878 has expanded to a multiuse facility.

Professional Development: Not Your Father’s Metal Building | Since the Quonset hut was introduced in the 1940s, research on making this material perform is ongoing.

Services & Maintenance: Honing In On Pest Birds | Inspection, implementation, and follow-up forge the path to reducing this nuisance. Also, modifying glass façades help save birds from fatal collisions.

Web Based FM Trends: The Internet Of Things | While many facility systems already employ web-based tools, the emergence of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is a game changer.

FM Issue: NextGen Electrical | Enclosing metering equipment in circuit breakers boosts monitoring capabilities. Plus, addressing power inefficiencies improves data center operations.

Higher Education Case Study: Future Proof | A new classroom facility at Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee, CA was designed to anticipate demands over the horizon.

Renewable Energy: Combined Heat And Power With Fuel Cells | Producing on-site power with this technology reduces pollutants and increases efficiency.

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June 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 5)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Quote Overload and Disaster Planning

Technology and FM: COBie Data Format | Applicable to the entire facility life cycle, this digital tool eases information transfer.

The HVAC Factor: Wireless Thermostat Conversion | To improve energy use, an office building in Oakland, CA underwent this equipment retrofit.

Professional Development: Equipment Leasing | Adding to facility inventory by renting can preserve cash flow in tough times.

Services & Maintenance: Extending Carpet Life | A consistent maintenance program geared to specific facility conditions keeps this floor surface vibrant.

Building Automation Trends: Building Automation Evolution | What began more than 20 years ago is undergoing another seismic shift.

FM Issue: Surplus Furniture | When tasked with disposing of unwanted inventory, donation is one solution. Also, facility managers can apply the value of outdated furnishings toward new.

Corporate Headquarters Case Study: Target Market | In Cambridge, MA, Forrester Research has moved into a headquarters site that provides the worldwide reach it requires.

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May 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 4)

Today’s Facility Manager: May 2013

Tricks Of The Trade: Multiple Site MRO and “In Or Out?”

FM Frequency: Warning Signs | Workplace hostility might not lead to outright conflict, but facility managers can still keep an eye out for these conditions.

Professional Development: The Energy Future | The past century has brought significant changes to how buildings operate, and the next 100 years will not doubt bring many more.

Services & Maintenance: Minimal Overhead | When choosing ceiling products, facility managers can achieve both visual and performance goals.

Furniture Trends: Productive Provisions | The way occupants work continues to guide furniture purchasing decisions. Meanwhile, GlaxoSmithKline goes “office free” at its new Philadelphia headquarters.

FM Issue: Chemical Safety Changes | OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard impacts many facility managers. Plus, roof safety that adheres to OSHA standards protects workers.

Hospital Case Study: Healthy Focus | In Tyler, TX, a new heart hospital is designed to ease the patient experience. Meanwhile, facility managers preparing for The Joint Commission should check their documentation.

Renewable Energy: Waste As Power Source | For many materials, there’s a second life to be had with the proper processing.

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April 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 3)

Today’s Facility Manager: April 2013

Tricks Of The Trade: Credential Management And Temperature Complaints.

Technology And FM: The Internet Of Things | Digital connectivity down to the smallest electronic component may arrive in facilities within the next decade.

The HVAC Factor: Boiler Maintenance | Regular checks and tune ups help ensure this equipment is running safely and efficiently.

Professional Development: Where The Rubber Meets The Road | Facility managers can extract the information they need when using the right mix of technology tools.

Service & Maintenance: Grounds Check | Hiring an experienced service provider can reap more than a healthy landscape.

Lighting Trends: Lighting Decisions | A recent TFM survey asked facility management professionals the “who, what, where” of their recent and future equipment upgrades.

FM Issue: Moving Target | Though security threats may be unpredictable and vary by facility, there are central principles managers can follow.

Government Case Study: Stand Firm | In Biloxi, MS, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs campus completes a master plan.

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March 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 2)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Hiring An Outside Facility Auditor And BYOD Policy Challenges

FM Frequency: Lost In Translation | When tasked with managing facilities in other nations, there is bound to be a learning curve.

Professional Development: Construction Disruption | BIM and cloud computing are among the game changing technologies used for project delivery.

Service & Maintenance: Funding Energy Projects | Even in a tough economy, there are incentives and rebates to be found.

Special Report: Comprehensive Exam | With security measures in K-12 schools under review, facility managers play an integral part.

Data Center Trends: Driving The Data Center | Preventive maintenance, operational baselines, and even weather patterns help managers deliver reliability and efficiency.

FM Issue: Safeguarding Fire Systems | Web-based assessment of equipment helps raise the bar on safety and compliance.

Renewable Energy: Shining Light On Solar Energy Choices | When pursuing this power source, evaluating equipment, life cycle, and financing issues are essential.

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January/February 2013 Issue (Volume 26, Number 1)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Fire Door Tags And Facility Renewal Planning

Technology and FM: Integrating Security Systems | Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) connects facility resources into a common platform.

The HVAC Factor: Thinking “Inside The Box” | Even efficiently run equipment can be improved by these 10 suggestions.

Professional Development: Avoid Construction Rework | Part of keeping a project budget in check involves employing some practical strategies.

Services & Maintenance: Maintaining Resilient Flooring | A cleaning regimen that addresses the characteristics and location of these surfaces is most effective.

Special Feature: 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards | Now in its 20th year, TFM‘s annual survey reveals the industry suppliers favored by readers.

Special Feature: TFM 2013 Facility Executive Of The Year | J.B. Messer, director of facilities management at Oklahoma City Community College, applies a systematic approach to campus improvements.

FM Issue: Recipe For Roof Coatings | The revitalization of this facility zone is best served by careful specification and application.

HVAC Trends: Refrigerant Update | As the phaseout of the high global warming impact substances used in HVAC/R equipment ramps up, research on suitable alternatives continues.

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November 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 11)

Today’s Facility Manager: November 2012

Tricks Of The Trade: Fan Belts, Roof Leaks, and Overhead Lighting Changes | Tricks Of The Trade Columnist Kevin Folsom shares his expertise on a wide range of troublesome topics.

The Facility Technologist: Video Beyond Borders | No longer confined to traditional display screens, this medium is providing expanded options.

Professional Development: A Step Above The Rest | In many settings facility management professionals are being called upon to diversify their skills.

Services & Maintenance: Three Steps To Roof Replacement | Design, construction, and maintenance issues should be carefully evaluated before facility managers embark on a project.

IAQ Trends: Conundrum In The Air | Providing healthy indoor environments often challenges energy efficiency strategies.

FM Issue: Integrated Systems, Effective Operations | Technology makes it possible for facility systems to work together and increase productivity.

Senior Living Case Study: A Vibrant Connection | Facilitating movement—both inside and out—was one driver behind a retirement community expansion in North Andover, MA.

Renewable Energy: EV Infrastructure | Whether for fleet management or to accommodate customers, electric vehicle charging stations are slowly gaining ground.

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October 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 10)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Demand Response, Evac Plans, and Healthcare Housekeeping | Tricks Of The Trade Columnist Kevin Folsom zeroes in on real questions from real facility managers.

FM Frequency: Green Is In The Eye Of The Beholder | What defines sustainability for an organization depends on a variety of factors.

Professional Development: Changing Face Of Facility Management | Formal education offerings are increasing for those seeking a career in the profession.

The HVAC Factor: Variable Refrigerant Flow | Two hospital projects in the Southeast employed this technology for energy efficiency and comfort.

Services & Maintenance: Integrating Security Needs | Facility managers can leverage existing infrastructure to maximize the impact of their investments.

Alternative Energy Trends: Double Vision For Green Power | AT&T has enlisted the insight of its facility managers in its pursuit of increasing alternative energy use.

FM Issue: Eyeing The End Result | An integrated delivery approach to facility projects works to reduce life cycle costs.

LEED Case Study: Front And Center | A LEED Gold residence hall at North Carolina Central University provides much needed housing and more.

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September 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 9)

Today’s Facility Manager: September 2012

Tricks Of The Trade: Vibration Analysis, Data Management, and Career Advice | TFM‘s new Tricks Of The Trade Columnist Kevin Folsom tackles fresh topics.

The Facility Technologist: Data Center Evolution | New and innovative strategies are affecting the way these spaces are designed and operated.

Professional Development: Reactive, Preventive, Or Predictive | Facility managers should consider which of these maintenance approaches works best for their situations.

Services & Maintenance: Proactive Energy Management | Access to real-time and historical information on usage leads to more efficient operations. Also featured is a look into the lighting controls retrofit at the Empire State Building.

FM Issue: Web Based FM | Cloud and mobile technologies help facility professionals keep track of the ever increasing amount of data they manage.

Trends: Where Blue Meets Green | Strategic choices in plumbing equipment steadily reduce water costs and consumption.

Case Study: A Welcome Return | Hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans has been revamped and reconfigured.

Renewable Energy: The Air We Breathe | This month’s column shifts its focus from alternative power to conversations about “chemicals of concern.”

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August 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 8)

Today’s Facility Manager: August 2012

Tricks Of The Trade: Battery Operated Faucets, Data Management, and Pond Marshes | This long running TFM column is reintroduced with industry veteran Kevin Folsom digging in to answer reader questions about a variety of topics.

FM Frequency: Handling A Delicate Subject | An amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires workplaces to provide reasonable accommodations for nursing mothers.

Professional Development: Navigating Job Order Contracting | This procurement method enables facility managers to complete numerous projects with one contract.

The HVAC Factor: Energy Recovery Ventilation | Reducing the amount of new outdoor air required is possible with this type of technology.

Services & Maintenance: Lighting That Performs | Outfitting this building system to interact with others—such as HVAC and security—streamlines performance and energy use.

FM Issue: Signature Perimeter Security | Top managers at two prominent buildings provide insight on how to keep facilities safe.

Green Roof Trends: From LEED To RoofPoint | A recently launched sustainable guideline focuses on roofing and its specific characteristics.

Manufacturing Case Study: New And Improved | In Kansas City, MO, a greeting card maker has performed a sweeping overhaul of its facility.

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July 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 7)

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The Facility Technologist: Social Media And Facility Management | Communicating with an increasingly dispersed occupancy can be more effective with tools like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Professional Development: Leveraging The Aging Worker | Mobile work management strategies help veteran facility managers train the next generation.

Services & Maintenance: Under Pressure | When dealing with pest birds, managers should first determine how entrenched the birds are at the facility.

FM Issue: Power Reliability For Facility Managers | A sound strategy goes beyond making sure the lights stay on.

Facility App Trends: Pocket Sized Productivity | From handheld devices to sophisticated field equipment, the latest technologies help improve operations efficiency.

Higher Education Case Study: Core Curriculum | The University of Maryland University College created a hub of academic activity for its students and staff.

Renewable Energy: How Low Can You Go? | A net zero energy facility, or close to it, can be a reality for an increasing number of organizations.

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June 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 6)

Today’s Facility Manager: June 2012

FM Frequency: Machines Don’t Clean Buildings… People Do: Part 2 | Creating clear guidelines on how a facility should be maintained helps to ensure satisfactory results.

Professional Development: Lightning Safety Tips | Mobile work management strategies help veteran facility managers train the next generation.

The HVAC Factor: How Does That Sound? | Acoustics are an important factor in occupant productivity, and this holds especially true in education facilities.

Services & Maintenance: The Right Fit | Purchasing pre-owned furniture calls for much the same approach as when buying new—doing research on the products and the service provider.

FM Issue: Say What You Mean! | A facility management strategy that aligns with the broader organizational vision is increasingly important.

Building Automation Trends: Beyond The Building | By collecting and analyzing data, managers can discover opportunities for efficiency within and around their facilities.

Corporate Headquarters Case Study: Across The Board | In Glendale, WI, a global corporate headquarters campus expansion employed technology and sustainability to move operations to the next level.

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