Facility Management Articles

Articles in this section provide insight into how facility managers can keep on top of what they need to know to sustain their careers.

Sarbanes-Oxley Act and building operations

Many companies are looking for solutions to help them comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Building automation may be one consideration for organizations looking to streamline visibility, control, and processes. According to Christian Smith, VP sales & marketing, at eProject, “Year one of SOX was all about compliance at ‘any cost.’ As a result, most companies had an ‘open checkbook’ policy. Consultants... ...Read More...

Copper cable recyclers…start your engines!

Building contractors who recycle end-of-life copper cable through DuPont™ Abandoned Cable Services are eligible to win a trip to the 2006 NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup race and a chance to meet racing legend Jeff Gordon. The DuPont Motorsports Cable Points Challenge is part of the DuPont Abandoned Cable Services’ Cable Recycling program. Any registered contractor firm recycling end-of-life copper cables with DuPont through May 31, 2006, will earn... ...Read More...

MSDS compliance requirements simplified

MSDSonline has announced the availability of a new, easy-to-use, on-demand training center designed to help companies meet the performance-based standards of employee training enforced by OSHA, EPA, and DOT, along with other federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Ideal for companies that want to simplify the way they approach employee training, the new Web-based training center puts environmental, health and safety (EH&S) related... ...Read More...

More post-Katrina (non-residential) construction forecasts

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released a report on the impact of Katrina on the construction markets and the economy in the gulf region. Taking into consideration the larger context of the overall regional economy, the report examines the timeline for rebuilding efforts, the economic and construction indicators for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and the outlook for building materials and construction labor demand. The... ...Read More...

Lethal impact of Hurricane Stan

Rains across Central America have aggravated conditions in areas hit by Hurricane Stan and its remnants, causing fatal mudslides in Guatemala. According to reports, at least 500 people are dead; thousands more may be buried alive in places like Panabaj, where mudslides have engulfed entire towns. CNN has a report... ...Read More...

Massive earthquake (7.6) hits Pakistan and surrounding area

More than 40,000 people are feared dead after an earthquake and its numerous aftershocks hit 60 miles north of the Pakistani city of Islamabad. Details can be found here. Focus on the Kashmiri quake has prompted discussion of “the big one” along California’s Hayward Fault. It’s only a matter of time, according to many experts; some predictions anticipate a major San Francisco area quake within the next 30 years. Listen to... ...Read More...

Plant explosion in Galveston/Corpus Christi area

Yesterday (10/6), there was an explosion at a plastics plant in the already shattered Gulf Coast region of Texas. For an update on the story, see this article from today’s Houston... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: what a difference a typo makes

I don’t know how many of you saw this Oct. 5 blurb from Reuters, but for some reason, it struck me as amusing (in a facility management/editorial kind of way)…. HEADLINE: MF starts as Intern and ends in Fun Here’s a recap. Apparently, maintenance work was being performed on some of the letters of the International Monetary Fund’s new building (with new signage), which opened this past May. After the “L” fell... ...Read More...

The pitfalls of homeland security on the cheap: pay more, waste more

Good update on this story (10/6) from the New York Times (registration required). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> With more than $2 billion already spent on Katrina aid, FEMA procurement officials are still rushing to find supplies. As a result, many items are being purchased at full price and with no bidding–outside the normal low bid process. Laura Sullivan, Morning Edition, 9/29/05, NPR reports that FEMA is supposed to arrange... ...Read More...

Op-Ed from George H. Russell

The following piece does not reflect the views of the editors of Today’s Facility Manager or Facility Blog; it is merely the presentation of one person’s observations. For 40 years, I have been attempting to educate electric utility companies in Texas about the virtues of placing their distribution lines underground to avoid power outages caused by wind and falling trees. In many modern nations such as Italy and England it is... ...Read More...