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Who needs terrorism when you’ve got incompetence?

Who needs terrorism when you’ve got incompetence?

A sudden power outage hit Los Angeles and its environs on 9/12/05. Laura Wides of the Associated Press reports, An error by utility workers caused a blackout; outages were reported from downtown west to the Pacific Coast and north into the San Fernando Valley. Much of the power, which failed at 12:37 p.m., was restored within 90 minutes. All power was restored by 3 p.m. Workers who were cutting wires mistakenly...Read More...

Who needs terrorism when you've got incompetence?

Who needs terrorism when you've got incompetence?

A sudden power outage hit Los Angeles and its environs on 9/12/05. Laura Wides of the Associated Press reports, An error by utility workers caused a blackout; outages were reported from downtown west to the Pacific Coast and north into the San Fernando Valley. Much of the power, which failed at 12:37 p.m., was restored within 90 minutes. All power was restored by 3 p.m. Workers who were cutting wires mistakenly...Read More...

Video on non-chemical pest prevention

Video on non-chemical pest prevention

To help commercial facility managers in the ongoing battle against pests, Orkin Commercial Services is offering a series of free training videos in the “Orkin University Online” section its Web site. Anyone with an Internet connection may access the videos by selecting the videos from the “What’s New” menu of the site. The educational series, entitled “ABCs of Pest Habitat Modification,” will...Read More...

Must read for all facility professionals…

Must read for all facility professionals…

Registration required, but well worth it. Superdome Had an Hour of Fuel Before Panic, By SEWELL CHAN, New York Times. Interesting follow up: Superdome laid waste by those it shelteredTour of city symbol reveals its ravages, by Jeff Duncan, staff writer,...Read More...

Not prepared

Not prepared

Four years after terrorist attacks on the United States, about 46% of respondents (representing a cross-section of the country), say their organizations have made little or no improvement in emergency preparedness – according to a nationwide survey covering municipalities, airports and seaports, as well as state homeland security departments. The survey – CODE Red: The State of Emergency Preparedness...Read More...

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...