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All about Hurricane Katrina

All about Hurricane Katrina

As of early August 29, approximately 52,000 people were in 240 shelters throughout the Gulf Coast area, with the majority in the New Orleans Superdome. In Mississippi streets and homes were flooded as far as six miles...Read More...

Manufacturing job creation slows, but salaries for new hires climb

Manufacturing job creation slows, but salaries for new hires climb

Although growth in manufacturing employment slowed this month, increasing difficulty in recruiting skilled workers to fill key positions is leading some employers to offer higher starting wages. That according to new numbers from the Leading Indicator of National Employment (LINE™), released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor...Read More...

IFMA survey finds “green” building practices growing

IFMA survey finds “green” building practices growing

Earlier this year, TFM and Allsteel conducted a survey of facility managers to find out about their attitudes with regard to the sustainability movement. Just this past week, the International Facility Management Association released the results of another survey on this topic. According to IFMA’s survey, facility management professionals report a continued increase in the use of green building practices. The...Read More...

IFMA survey finds "green" building practices growing

IFMA survey finds "green" building practices growing

According to IFMA's survey, facility management professionals report a continued increase in the use of green building practices. The vast majority, 70% of those responding to the online survey, reported implementing green concepts within their organization's...Read More...

Smithsonian Institute buildings deteriorating rapidly

Smithsonian Institute buildings deteriorating rapidly

Imagine having to patrol your facility with a wet vac every time it rained looking for pools of water. That’s exactly what staff members at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC do in an effort to protect the treasured collections housed in the museum. Strained expansion joints, an aged steam heating system, and other plumbing problems are causing increased and immediate concern. Other maintenance issues add...Read More...

Special Report: Broken Bottle Flooring

Special Report: Broken Bottle Flooring

An old process using recent technology can change the way flooring is thought...Read More...

Base closings, round two

Base closings, round two

Yesterday, FacilityBlog mentioned the closure of several military bases around the country; today, more announcements have already been made—the most notable being the closure of Walter Reed Hospital in Washington. The hospital has been treating military personnel along with top executives from around the world for nearly 100 years, but its facilities are in serious need of an overhaul, making it more expensive to...Read More...

Katrina [and her waves] hit Florida

Katrina [and her waves] hit Florida

August is considered by some to be the beginning of the busiest part of the hurricane season, and yet, it's old news in Florida and other states in along the East Coast....Read More...

NYC finally gets serious about subway security

NYC finally gets serious about subway security

In the aftermath of last month’s bombings in the London Underground, New York City has finally announced an aggressive plan to deal with terrorist acts on public transportation. Commuters have complied with added security checks, but these efforts will now be supported by the latest technological devices as well. Sewell Chan of the New York Times writes, Officials unveiled the high-tech future of transit...Read More...

Security Trends: The Path of Most Resistance

Security Trends: The Path of Most Resistance

Installing security systems in layers around the facility will decrease chances of a major security...Read More...