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The primary disciplines of facility management—building envelope & exteriors, construction & retrofits, energy, environment, facility management, interiors, safety, security, technology—along with other important topics are included in this section.

Flashback to 1993: Jury finds Port Authority negligent in first WTC bombing

This NYTimes article has the full story. (Registration required for NYTimes... ...Read More...

FM software supports Patriot Act certification

FM Solutions has announced that its WorkOasis™ facility management technology platform is fully compliant with the new commercial building regulations for Patriot Act certification. The WorkOasis national network of certified suppliers which covers approximately 1,100 cities in North America is a Web-based contractor management service that provides fully electronic work order management. Each service supplier within the WorkOasis national... ...Read More...

Languishing over LEED

Alternative sustainable design initiatives for those facility managers reluctant to embrace the USGBC's LEED program. Is it possible for USGBC supporters to ignore this... ...Read More...

The rebirth of carpooling

Gas prices have motivated some workers and their employers to consider commuting alternatives. Check out this report from NPR’s Morning Edition to find out about the employers selected by the EPA’s for their environmentally friendly carpooling incentives. (Real Audio required for Morning Edition... ...Read More...

FM Frequency: A Disaster Checklist

FM Frequency Columnist Jeff Crane thinks asking the right questions will help facilities avoid the confusion and destruction just witnessed on the Gulf Coast.... ...Read More...

Professional Development: Checkup And Tune-Up

Guest Columnist Michael Redding investigates how to develop a facilities management strategy for the long... ...Read More...

Mature employees present opportunities and challenges

The rapidly aging global workforce – caused mainly by the number of retirement-eligible employees continuing to work – is both a challenge and major opportunity for corporations, according to a recent report by The Conference Board. Some 64 million baby boomers (over 40% of the U.S. labor force) are poised to retire in large numbers by the end of this decade. In industries already facing labor and skills shortages, forward-thinking companies... ...Read More...

Permanent staff superior to consultants

Hiring managers nationwide believe the quality of their permanent staffs to be significantly higher than the quality of their consulting staffs, according to the results of a survey released by Yoh, a leading provider of talent and outsourcing services and a Day & Zimmermann company. The survey asked 499 hiring managers selected at random to grade the quality of their permanent and contract staffs on a five letter scale, from “A” for... ...Read More...

Facility managers allocating more $ for janitorial services

A slight trend toward increased janitorial budgets is underway in 2005, as facility managers across America acknowledge the importance of effective cleaning for occupant health and productivity, according to a study commissioned by ServiceMaster Clean. The research shows, however, that facility managers are experiencing mediocre service levels from their janitorial providers and will likely seek enhanced performance to justify their investment.... ...Read More...

Sustainable By Design: Double Duty: Combined Heat And Power

Implementing combined heat and power systems can help reduce facility energy... ...Read More...