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.

Professional Development: IFMA’s Strategic Management Planning Process

Professional Development: IFMA’s Strategic Management Planning Process

Guest Columnist Don Young shares new approaches that may help facility managers reach higher levels of...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...

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...

Free humidity guide

Free humidity guide

Building managers hoping to control HVAC costs and maximize comfort and safety can now access a free-of-charge “Temperature and Temperature/Humidity Mapping Guide” from Dickson Company. This best practices guide to warehouse and production facility temperature and humiditymapping can potentially save users of the Guide thousands of dollars annually by protecting inventory quality. Dickson’s “Temperature and...Read More...

California Energy Commission offers guide for testing air handling systems

California Energy Commission offers guide for testing air handling systems

When air handling systems do not work as designed, it often leaves building occupants uncomfortable and makes energy bills high. The California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program offers a technical brief, “Guide Aids Commissioning of Air Handling Systems.” The document is available for download at http://esource.com/public/products/cec_form.asp and contains information on...Read More...

Presidential faces get spa treatment

Presidential faces get spa treatment

The cleaning work on Mount Rushmore has been successfully completed. The project involved pressure washing the faces of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, which were carved into the mountain more than 60 years ago. “The work was completed on time and at no cost to the National Park Service,” says Mike Schaffer, president of Tornado Industries....Read More...

Nanontechnology challenges

Nanontechnology challenges

Safety, health, and environmental professionals should develop safeguards to protect workers from nanoparticles that could enter their bloodstream or lungs, recommended American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) member Robert Adams, CIH, CSP. Nanoparticles are particles of materials the size of one-billionth of a meter; at this level, the physical, chemical, and biological properties of matter can be engineered to...Read More...