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.

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...

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...

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...

Professional Development: Project Cost Saving Strategies

Professional Development: Project Cost Saving Strategies

Guest Contributor Carl Haines says certain approaches may make it easier to keep construction...Read More...

Professional Development: Combining Facility And Project Management

Professional Development: Combining Facility And Project Management

Contributor John Bodrozic shares communal software approaches that keep fms on top of construction projects....Read More...

FM Issue: Fire Management and Building Codes

FM Issue: Fire Management and Building Codes

In providing an effective fire safety system, building codes are a significant part of the...Read More...

Professional Development: The European Facility Manager

Professional Development: The European Facility Manager

Guest Contributor Fred Kloet feels the groundwork for a global interpretation of the profession is being prepared...Read More...

Professional Development: Zen And The Art Of FM (Part 2)

Professional Development: Zen And The Art Of FM (Part 2)

In the second part of this series, Hibbard gives four suggestions for simplifying and modernizing...Read More...