Author Archive

Safety first (especially when dealing with electricity)

Safety first (especially when dealing with electricity)

Schneider Electric‘s North American Operating Division has released a video titled, It’s a Matter of Your Safety, and is distributing it to plant facility managers, trainers of electrical workers, and others who can help prevent electrical hazards. The 17-minute video’s three objectives are to demonstrate how potentially dangerous electrical hazards can be to equipment and human life, the...Read More...

Debunking the myth about green building costs

Debunking the myth about green building costs

A new report from Air Quality Sciences, entitled If You Build It Green, They Will Come, provides evidence that building green is not as cost prohibitive as critics claim. “Although sustainable (green) building is catching on across the U.S., questions about higher first costs and lower return on investment remain a stumbling block for many developers, designers, building owners and facility managers,”...Read More...

Behind the scenes at Johns Hopkins

Behind the scenes at Johns Hopkins

Participants in the tour will learn first hand how this major institution anticipates future capital improvements using a comprehensive master plan (much like the one featured in TFM's July...Read More...

Facility management nightmare: the fate of the Louisiana Superdome

Facility management nightmare: the fate of the Louisiana Superdome

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, some reports say the Superdome will be knocked down. This message comes from CNN: The Louisiana Superdome was so heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath that it likely will have to be torn down, a disaster official working with the governor’s office told CNN. However, a conflicting message posted on msnbc.com says this claim is unfounded: The operator...Read More...

USGBC to streamline LEED process

USGBC to streamline LEED process

After offering many “suggestions” regarding the LEED program (including criticism of the paperwork-laden documentation process), environmentally minded facility managers should appreciate these developments, recently unveiled by Rick Fedrizzi, president & CEO of the USGBC. • As part of our ongoing efforts to improve and refine LEED, USGBC has filed an application with the American National...Read More...

Paper bags and lit candles…not a good combo

Paper bags and lit candles…not a good combo

Beni Suef, Egypt, more than 30 people were killed and another 60 injured in an accidental fire. The blaze started when an actor in an experimental play knocked over a candle on a set made entirely out of paper bags, while the play was being...Read More...

Green Solutions: A Second Chance For Carpet

Green Solutions: A Second Chance For Carpet

Carpet reuse and recycling programs advance a...Read More...

Special Report: The Future Is In Plastics

Special Report: The Future Is In Plastics

A development in cooling tower construction can ease installation and maintenance demands....Read More...

FM Issue: Resourceful Reduction

FM Issue: Resourceful Reduction

Efforts to lessen the environmental impact of a facility can take on many forms....Read More...

A special message about Katrina relief

A special message about Katrina relief

TFM editors have received numerous announcements about generous and charitable donations being made by businesses across the country. However, this request for accommodation goes out specifically to anyone within a 300 mile radius of the Hurricane Katrina impact zone. If you have extra dorm space, warehouse space, or other surplus space in your facility or on your campus, please speak with the appropriate...Read More...