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 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 4)

Today’s Facility Manager: April 2012

FM Frequency: Machines Don’t Clean Buildings… People Do | Keeping in mind the demands on cleaning staff enhances a facility manager’s ability to oversee this service.

Professional Development: Is It Time For The Wrecking Ball? | Determining whether or not to continue investing in a facility is easier with accurate and current data.

The HVAC Factor: Reducing Water Consumption | Changes to cooling tower operations and maintenance help conserve this resource.

Services & Maintenance: Getting The Message Across | Defining objectives is key to developing effective mass facility warning and notification strategies.

FM Issue: Lighting Boost | With technology improvements, there is continued opportunity for facility managers to upgrade their systems to reduce energy consumption and costs.

Green Design Trends: Raising The Bar | The recently accepted International Green Construction Code (IgCC) sets new standards for building energy efficiency.

Retail Case Study: Purchase Power | In Dedham, MA, energy improvements keep a Stop & Shop supermarket up to date with a company wide store prototype.

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March 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 3)

Today’s Facility Manager: March 2012

The Facility Technologist: Larger Than Life | From projectors to flat panel displays to video cubes, large format video screens provide visual solutions for many facility needs.

Professional Development: Avoiding The Chill Of ICE | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is focusing on auditing and investigating employers suspected of violating workplace hiring practices.

Services & Maintenance: What Energy Where? | For seeking to track and manage power usage, metering single or multiple zones in a facility provides actionable data.

Security Trends: Security And Access Control | The constantly evolving challenges of keeping a building secure is the reality for facility managers.

FM Issue: Playing With Fire | Safe and accessible egress for all building occupants is paramount, and existing and just released standards help guide the way.

K-12 Case Study: “A” Is For Agriculture | In Lexington, KY, a new high school widens the field of learning for students pursuing agricultural instruction.

Renewable Energy: Integrating Into The Grid | As the concept of smart energy grid develops, the role of solar, wind, and other green power is one focus.

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February 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 2)

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FM Frequency: Who Wrote The “Book” On Facility Management? | Keeping vital information current requires systematic record keeping by designated staff members.

Professional Development: “If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, Any Road Will Do” | Even with a clear vision of how FM fits in the organization, it’s still crucial to outline a strategy.

The HVAC Factor: Solar Hot Air | Drawing from the sun, these systems heat up the fresh air requirement brought into a facility.

Services & Maintenance: Breaking It Down | Ensuring materials do not unnecessarily end up in a landfill is a prime goal of a waste management plan.

2012 Readers’ Choice Awards | A recent survey of TFM readers reveals favored product and service providers in 45 categories.

Roofing Trends: Roofing In The Spotlight | Several important initiatives will have an impact, particularly for the existing building sector.

FM Issue: Connecting The Dots | When making the move to a centralized data center, facility managers must ask five important questions.

Government Case Study: Fluid Movement | As a manager of water resources for the federal government, the Bureau of Reclamation incorporates efficiency into its new Boulder City, NV office.

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January 2012 Issue (Volume 25, Number 1)

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The Facility Technologist: Tech For 2012 | Upgraded computerized capabilities in a facility pump up image and productivity.

Professional Development: Greenhouse Gas Audits | The EPA requires emissions reporting from a handful of industries right now, but facility managers should be prepared for that to change.

Services & Maintenance: Effective Green Cleaning | Informed choices on products and processes help to ensure successful, environmentally friendly maintenance.

TFM 2012 Facility Executive Of The Year | Having established a five year facility plan, Robert Wengel, vice president of facilities at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, is delivering results.

HVAC Trends: Down The Line | HVAC systems that operate efficiently depend on the actions of all facility stakeholders.

FM Issue: Severe Weather Watch | Whether it’s freezing temperatures or wild winds, the onset of extreme forces of nature requires facility managers to be prepared.

High-Tech Case Study: Tools For Learning | At Loma Linda University in Southern California, a recently completed high-tech medical instruction building takes teaching to the next level.

Renewable Energy: PACE Financing | Available for energy related improvements, Property Assessed Clean Financing (PACE) is emerging in select U.S. markets.

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December 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 12)

Today’s Facility Manager: December 2012

2012 Solutions: Advancements in Facility Management Products and Services | Discovering new products and services to improve operations is a boon to a facility manager. TFM’s December 2011 issue featured a number of product and service solutions recently introduced by industry suppliers, and Anne Cosgrove, TFM’s Managing Editor, spoke with some of these vendors about how their offerings are designed to help facility managers further their goals in 2012.

Anixter (Cabling & Cable Management) | Doug Deputy, vice president of solutions marketing, outlines the company’s Data Center HealthCheck service, which helps facility managers achieve the reliability, efficiency, and security they need to ensure for their organization’s data center.

Chicago Faucets (Plumbing & Restrooms) | Leonard Garron, commercial central regional sales manager, discusses one of the the company’s latest additions —- the Commander Handheld Programming Unit, which enables facility management staff to control the programmability of its electronic faucet line with ease.

Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. (Roofing) | Steve Ruth, vice president of sales & marketing, discusses how in the past 12 months the company has introduced new membrane lines to help meet specific facility needs: fleece backed, new colors, and, most recently, a full line of insulation products for not only edge-to-edge roof systems but also a deck to sky assembly.

Hygienic Solutions US (Cleaning & Maintenance) | Alfonzo Hestle, vice president of sales and marketing, explains how the company’s Sanosil and Halo Fogger, an EPA registered disinfectant system, can disinfect an area without the need for spraying or wiping, which helps treat hard to reach areas.

LiftMaster (Access Control) | Dan Dombkowski, marketing manager, explains how the company’s door operator products are manufactured to comply with September 2010 code changes made by Underwriters Laboratories. To heighten safety measures, the change requires door operators to have a monitored entrapment protection device attached to it.

RAB Lighting (Lighting Products & Controls) | Ross Barna, CEO of RAB Lighting, shares that during 2012 the company will launch new LED products for outdoor lighting each month. The company’s LPACK family of wallpacks is an LED offering designed to replace HID wattages from 25 to 400 watts.

Sherwin-Williams (Paint & Wall Coverings) | Joe Kujawski, director, wholesale marketing, outlines the attributes of several products in the company’s Pro Industrial line—-which provides durability in the form of stain resistance, moisture resistance, abrasion resistance, and more.

Staples Facility Solutions (Cleaning & Maintenance) | Mark Fortney, area vice president, talks about three additions for 2012, which reflect the company’s focus on partnerships that serve facility customers — upgrade of chemical and equipment line, expanded offerings for the breakroom, and added resources to ensure new partnerships feature smooth transition and implementation.

Tridium, Inc. (Building Automation Systems) | Marc Petock, vice president of global marketing & communications, discusses Niagara Framework, specifically Release Niagara AX which is the company’s latest software release that integrates the different systems and devices within a building environment as one unified.

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November 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 11)

Today’s Facility Manager: November 2011

Tricks Of The Trade: The Difference Between Aluminum And Copper | Tricks Of The Trade Columnist Jim Elledge explains the nuances of these two options for installation in primary or secondary power electrical panels.

The Facility Technologist: Measuring Technology | While architects and engineers may not be concerned with accurate square footage, facility managers should be, and there are tools to help.

Professional Development: The Demise Of The Cubicle | As work styles are evolving, employees are spending less time in individual offices and more time working together.

Services & Maintenance: The Best Time Is Now | Winter weather can create many unseen building problems, which is why now is a perfect time for a roof inspection.

IAQ Trends: Take A Deep Breath | There are many benefits to improving facility indoor air quality (IAQ). But how can facility managers get it done?

FM Issue: Evolving With The Smarter Grid | Thinking about taking the plunge into the smart grid? There are four main themes to consider before getting started.

Senior Living Case Study: Phenix City Rising | After nearly four decades, it was time for Canterbury Healthcare Center to get a facelift and improve life for residents and staff.

Renewable Energy: Smart Balancing Of Renewable Energy With Green Buildings | Smart grid technology and its associated advancements may create a shift in how facilities consume energy.

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October 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 10)

Today’s Facility Manager: October 2011

Tricks Of The Trade: Following Up On HVAC Trends | Tricks Of The Trade Columnist Jim Elledge examines the differences between various HVAC technologies being introduced to the market.

FM Frequency: Don’t Be A Lighthouse Keeper | When working with a multi-generational staff, facility managers must understand why employees behave in certain ways.

Professional Development: Reinventing The Plan Room Of The Future | Building Information Modeling can help facility managers stay up to date.

The HVAC Factor: Greening Schools, One HVAC Step At A Time | School districts in Illinois are beginning to embrace the benefits of retrofitting and building new facilities with the most energy efficient HVAC available.

Services & Maintenance: Star Power | Facility managers can use an EPA program to benchmark and manage energy.

Water Conservation Trends: Sustainable Water Management | There are opportunities for facilities professionals to take an active approach to conservation matters.

FM Issue: An Online Solution | Standards-based web tools can help facility managers cut costs and drive value.

Hotel Case Study: Bringing The Past Into The Present | A legendary Denver landmark gets a makeover while retaining its historic charm.

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September 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 9)

Today’s Facility Manager: September 2011

Tricks Of The Trade: Maintenance Timetables, Tech Headcount, and Canadian Degrees | TFM‘s Tricks Of The Trade Columnist Jim Elledge provides answers to a range of reader questions.

The Facility Technologist: Seeing Is Believing! | A facility manager’s dream come true: real X-ray specs may be a (virtual) reality soon!

Professional Development: Revised Regulations | New standards of Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act can be decoded.

Services & Maintenance: Together As One | Integrating security systems and building management offers a multitude of benefits.

Special Feature: Going Directly To The Source | Bolstered by an association’s work, direct current (DC) is gaining momentum as a potential power distribution option that could help drive microgrid and net zero building initiatives.

FM Issue: Comparing Apples To Apples | Sensitivity analyses can be a useful tool for making life cycle cost comparisons.

Alternative Energy Trends: Follow The Sun | Is solar power the most promising alternative energy option or commercial buildings?

LEED Case Study: Pacific Platinum | The Vancouver Convention Centre uses innovative environmental solutions in its award winning expansion.

Renewable Energy: Think About A Growing Part Of The Future | This month’s guest columnist believes it’s time for facility managers to invest in renewable energy.

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August 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 8)

Today’s Facility Manager: August 2011

FM Frequency: The Facility Manager In The Gray Flannel Suit | Carpenter makes reference to a classic 1956 Gregory Peck film to illustrate the facility professional’s struggle with duality.

Tricks Of The Trade: Asset Management’s Market and Hospital Staffing Support | Facility management guru Jim Elledge covers two very different topic’s in this month’s Q&A column.

Professional Development: Stay In Shape For Survival | It’s possible to use ergonomics to beat the downturn in the economy.

The HVAC Factor: Heading Off Trouble With Technology | Facility management staff can detect HVAC equipment problems sooner using automated tools. This article covers five options worthy of consideration.

Services & Maintenance: Incandescent Lamp Phase Out | A 2007 federal law calls for manufacturers to cease making these products beginning January 1, 2012.

Green Roof Trends: Turning Up The Heat On Cool Roofs | Momentum is gathering for the elastomeric roof coatings movement.

FM Issue: Cutting Perimeter Security Corners | The decision to scale back protective measures may come at a significant cost to facilities.

Manufacturing Case Study: Shape Up | In a new location, an Illinois-based manufacturing company optimizes operations in more ways than one.

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July 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 7)

Today’s Facility Manager: July 2011

Tricks Of The Trade: Facility Management In Nigeria and The Power Of Energy Data | Jim Elledge looks at the international certification options and energy management data initiatives.

The Facility Technologist: High Tech Buildings Are Only As Productive As Their Backup | With more sensitive, computer-based technologies in use today, having dependable, instantaneous reserve power is increasingly important.

Professional Development: Helpful Hints For Evaluating Contractor Bids | Ensuring efficiency can reduce long-term costs and unexpected surprises.

Services & Maintenance: Solutions For Pest Birds | Finding an effective cure for this nuisance involves evaluating specific factors.

Facility App Trends: What’s Up With Apps? | Savvy mobile applications may help facility pros manage more effectively and efficiently..

FM Issue: Cutting Costs With Monthly Utility Bill Analysis | In today’s competitive environment, facility managers must cut costs without sacrificing building performance.

Retail Case Study: Marketable Investment | A shopping mall in the Gold Coast of Connecticut has been reinvented with an extensive remodel.

Renewable Energy: Flywheel Technology For Energy Storage And Backup? | This low maintenance mechanical device provides temporary power on demand.

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June 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 6)

Today’s Facility Manager: June 2011

Tricks Of The Trade: Achieving CFM Status | Jim Elledge provides a clear explanation of the CFM process.

FM Frequency: Pinching Pennies; Counting Quarters | Seemingly small changes to operations can save a significant amount for facilities management.

Professional Development: Keeping Tabs On Facilities | Self evaluation of the condition of organizational assets can be a valuable complement to more comprehensive, often contracted, assessments.

The HVAC Factor: Preventing Legionella | Acoustics are an important factor in occupant productivity, and this holds especially true in education facilities.

Services & Maintenance: Have A Seat | Whether economics or environment is the primary driver, buyers should look at all the angles when considering pre-owned furniture.

Project Management Trends: Enhancing Value | Integrating CAFM data is key for facility managers to maximize the return they reap from information gathering efforts.

FM Issue: Building A Better Future | In January 2011, President Obama announced an initiative to promote energy efficient upgrades, and there are other tools for facility managers as well.

Corporate Headquarters Case Study: Tasty Amenities | The Campbell Soup Company added to the palette at its world headquarters building in Camden, NJ.

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May 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 5)

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Tricks Of The Trade: The Ins And Outs Of Asset Management | “Tricks” Columnist Jim Elledge provides a thorough breakdown of inventory management options for facility professionals.

The Facility Technologist: Tablet Frenzy! | Handheld computing lends mobility to facilities staff, but Condon advises fms to make sure the need is there before buying.

Professional Development: Not Only Money Is Green | WIn new and existing buildings, sustainable measures render notable budget savings when executed effectively.

Services & Maintenance: Options Abound Above | There are many ceiling choices for all types of facility space needs.

Furniture Trends: Green Certifications Get More Comprehensive | Furniture labeling systems are evolving from single attribute claims to more comprehensive measures.

FM Issue: HazCom Compliance Made Simple | Key to maintaining OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is familiarity with material safety data sheets.

Hospital Case Study: A Holistic Treatment | After 20 years of operation, A Portsmouth, NH hospital expanded and updated to improve the patient experience.

Renewable Energy: Evaluating A Third-Party Financing Option | Putting projects in motion with outside funding should be considered when the conditions are right.

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April 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 4)

Today’s Facility Manager: April 2011

FM Frequency: Machines An Argument In Favor Of Human Cloning | Facility managers who often need to be in two places at once may find promise in the suggestions offered in this column.

The HVAC Factor: High Volume, Low Speed Fans | This equipment can be a useful strategy to reduce a facility’s heating and cooling load.

Services & Maintenance: Fire Safety Check | A building protection system is only as good as the sum of its parts.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Gaining Control Over Lighting–The Value Illumination Offers | A recent survey by TFM (in partnership with NEMA enLIGHTen America) provides insight into how facility managers view lighting upgrades.

Green Design Trends: Facility Managers As Keepers Of The Flame | To maximize performance of a building’s systems, it helps to make occupants aware of key aspects.

Law Firm Case Study: Purchase Power | In Princeton, NJ, a law firm takes hold of the opportunity to convey its identity at a new regional office.

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March 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 3)

Today’s Facility Manager: March 2011

Tricks Of The Trade: Call Center Characteristics And Meeting Room Scheduling Signage | Elledge takes a basic look at dealing with call centers and meeting room priorities.

The Facility Technologist: Mass Notification Systems – Getting The Word Out | Relaying information to large groups of people is invaluable, so it’s important to select and integrate the best technological strategy.

Professional Development: Getting Your Money’s Worth Out of Commissioning | Facility managers will maximize their investment in this process by understanding what each stage offers.

Services & Maintenance: Energy Improvements | Managing staff behavior is a key to maintaining project benefits over time.

Safety Trends: Mass Notification Decoded | A key to an effective, facility wide solution is not only choosing the right equipment but complying with the latest code requirements.

FM Issue: Bomb Scare | The threats facility professionals have to protect their facilities against today are not only explosives.

Education Case Study: Urban Learning | The Parker H. Petit Science Center at Georgia State University is the new home for several of the school’s science departments and research facilities.

Renewable Energy: In Pursuit of Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs) | As the concept of smart energy grid develops, the role of solar, wind, and other green power is one focus.

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February 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 2)

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FM Frequency: OSHA Does NOT Necessarily Mean Oh Sh–! | Facility managers can get more than frazzled nerves out of a visit by this government agency.

Tricks Of The Trade: Building Information Modeling Under The Microscope | TFM Columnist Jim Elledge takes an in depth look at BIM.

Professional Development: Why Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Still Matters | Simply disposing of these items in a landfill carries financial, environmental, and public relations risks. (Bonus article included.)

The HVAC Factor: Preventing Equipment Failure | Basing maintenance programs on system performance rather than a fixed schedule may increase productivity.

Services & Maintenance: Getting A Handle On Waste | With effective planning and follow through, facility managers can divert trash from landfills and meet increasing regulatory requirements.

2011 Readers’ Choice Awards | Resulting from TFM reader votes, more than 40 industry suppliers have been recognized as top product and service providers.

Roofing Trends: Roof And Energy | Several important initiatives will have an impact, particularly for the existing building sector.

FM Issue: Today’s Data Center | Power, HVAC, and access control are vital to a data center, and the fm has responsibility for all of these.

Government Case Study: All In One | In Blue Earth County, MN, a new Justice Center combined multiple governmental departments.

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January 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 1)

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Tricks Of The Trade: Energy Management For Churches and The Drawbacks Of “Free” | Balancing the energy needs of multipurpose facilities and affordable work order tools are examined by Elledge.

The Facility Technologist: Free Your Mind | By enabling organizations to locate hardware and software off-site, cloud computing reduces headaches for facility managers, especially if a disaster strikes.

Professional Development: Commissioning Goes From Optional To Mainstream | Converging forces in the buildings industry have transformed this testing of building systems from optional to widely accepted.

Services & Maintenance: Planning Green Cleaning | Whether managers are tweaking their organizations’ programs or embarking on an overhaul, occupant health and environmental impact are leading goals.

TFM 2011 Facility Executive Of The Year | Todd Finders, director of global data center services at Emerson, led the development of a LEED Gold facility in St. Louis, MO—the start of a long-term data center consolidation initiative for the company.

HVAC Trends: Forging The Path | Major developments affecting energy efficiency occurred in 2010, with more underway. Facility managers can improve HVAC operations and more by tuning into how they can use these tools.

High-Tech Case Study: High-Tech Housing | A storage facility in South Florida was designed to protect clients’ luxury items.

Renewable Energy: Solid Oxide Fuel Cells | Solid oxide fuel cells are potential opportunities for many facilities, and Bloom Energy has put a twist on this technology.

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