FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Think maintaining a car is different from maintaining a facility’s carpet? You’re right: Maintaining a carpet is more involved and can potentially save you more money in the long run. Why? Commercial carpet installation costs can soar past the $100,000 mark, depending on the size of your space. Despite the differences in maintenance costs, owning a car and caring for a carpet have a few commonalities.
Industrial manufacturers require production reliability and continuity. However, a wide range of conditions can make this challenging – from unexpected emergencies, power grid failures and blackouts to partial plant shutdowns for maintenance, upgrade, replacement, or expansion.
Using established technologies in innovative ways can help facilities navigate the “new normal” of clean needed to meet pandemic and post-pandemic standards. Electrostatic spraying technology is a great example of an established technology with a new application in surface disinfection.
When the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew SC opens its new downtown stadium and training complex this summer, they are sure to be the envy of Major League Soccer franchises everywhere. The stadium will have first-in-class amenities and training facilities for its athletes, and will also have the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology in its field.
The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington was built in 2010-2013 to extend education about Washington’s life. The designers anticipated that the library would require a state of the art HVAC system in order to protect the thousands of eighteenth and nineteenth century books and papers in the collection. Carrier provided a solution.
Traditionally, security systems were installed as independent systems by security integrators. However, the continuing advancement of IP-based technology now place that task squarely at the feet of technology integrators with an extensive knowledge and background in IT. BTI Communications Group is an integrator that provided a needed upgrade solution.
When ground broke at the Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project the general contractor was immediately met with a wave of design challenges, from treacherous weather to complicated logistics. Knowing that a lot would be asked of the new Summit House’s exterior, the producer of the precast wall panels selected EPS insulation from Insulfoam to satisfy the project’s requirements.
UK HealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky was among the first hospitals in Kentucky to receive Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients during the novel pandemic. To help contain the spread of COVID-19 within the facility, the hospital required controlled areas to be monitored by a responsive, effective airflow management system. Phoenix Controls provided an effective solution.
Faced with challenging specifications for increasing cooling tower capacity and the need for reduced maintenance cost and inspection accessibility, Baltimore Aircoil Company developed an innovative solution for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
PRODUCTS IN ACTION
Nothing clears a clog for good, but the best tool to clear grease clogs quickly and easily is a Water Jet. Grease sticks to the walls of a pipe. So, when your snake punches a hole in grease to get the water flowing, you haven’t really cleared the clog completely.
A. O. Smith, a leader in water heating and treatment, recently announced the launch of its newly upgraded A. O. Smith Mobile App, featuring demand response and time-of-use capabilities. The app allows service professionals and homeowners to remotely monitor and control their water heater to improve performance, increase savings and reduce downtime.
A water leak in your building can be very costly. Yet even a very small leak can be found through trying a few simple techniques and can save you from a nasty surprise from your utility company. Here are a few steps you can do before calling a plumber. The more you do now, the less it will cost you in the long run!
The compact eCAM Ace 100-Micro battery cradle accepts a Milwaukee M18 or equivalent battery. This new standard feature adds convenience for the operator and allows easy access to power for remote field work or where electricity is not available.
Dearborn® Safety Series ADA Compliant Lavatory Tubular Covers are designed for under-lavatory exposed plumbing in bathrooms. The Universal Design securely covers brass and plastic tubular with and without cleanouts and accommodates both 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ tubular systems. The Dearborn® Safety Series features a form-fit design, making installation simple and fast.
Save your arms – and make drain cleaning easier – with the new Uni-Stand™ from General Pipe Cleaners! Uni-Stand securely grips your hand-held drain cleaner when working under sinks, inside kitchen cabinets, and in other tight spaces.