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Facility Management Guru Kevin Folsom is director of campus operations at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, TX. In this column, he fields all kinds of questions from other facility managers around the world.

Question of the Week: How Do You Support Productivity In Your Facilities?

Investing in workplace well-being supports productivity. So why do so many companies make it difficult for employees to concentrate with workplaces that are too hot, too cold, too loud, or too confining?

June 2014 Issue (Volume 27, Number 5)

The articles in this issue address the broad overlapping aspects of operations, with a focus on the role facility managers can play in advancing organizational goals.

Question Of The Week: Who Watches The Generators?

As disaster recovery and business continuity become more important, organizations are investing in standby generators...but who is in charge of maintaining them?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Sustaining A LEED Rating

Are LEED ratings sustainable and are the policies worth enforcing?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Seeking Cloud Based CMMS Recommendations

One facility management professional is looking for recommendations on cloud based CMMS.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Dangerous Traffic Flow Around Shopping Centers

What measures can facility professionals take to address reckless driving in parking lots, particularly when it applies to delivery vehicles?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WiFi Thermostats

With the increase in smart devices and wireless technology, one facility manager is looking for feedback from others who have used wifi enabled thermostats.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Help Desk Help

Where can facility managers get recommendations on help desk software solutions?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: DIY Store Technical Due Diligence

Is there any such thing as a technical due diligence report for DIY stores?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Pink Noise Vs. White Noise

Pink noise is becoming more popular in business settings, potentially increasing productivity and concentration among employees. But is it superior to white noise?

Tricks Of The Trade: Fire Extinguisher Codes

Columnist Kevin Folsom helps get to the bottom of basic fire code requirements, if any, for buildings that are vacant.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: BAS Optimization Methods

Building automation systems are extremely useful strategic tools, but one facility management professional needs input on their power saving capabilities.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Facility Management Career Advancement Advice

For one facility management professional with an abundance of hands on experience, the path to career advancement is somewhat unclear.

Tricks Of The Trade: Energy Usage Patterns

Kevin Folsom makes energy management recommendations based on consumption, efficiency, and unit cost.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Top Problem For Facility Managers

One facility management professional attempts to zero in on the biggest problem faced by his peers.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: De-Icing With Liquid Brine

Do facility management professionals have any feedback on the use of liquid brine for de-icing purposes?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Glycol Chiller Methodology

This week's question asks for specifics on glycol maintenance practices in chillers.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Analyzing Energy Efforts

Energy efficiency is one of the most important aspects of facilities management, but measuring results of these efforts is often a challenging task.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Biggest Challenges

The million dollar question: what are the biggest challenges for facilities administrators?

Tricks Of The Trade: Gauging Customer Service

Facilities Management Guru Kevin Folsom introduces the concept of "servant leadership" to managers who are seeking ways to rate those in the profession.

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