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5 Minutes With Podcast: Centralized Maintenance Team Boosts Efficiency, Productivity at Florida CollegeSean Devaney is the director of maintenance, mechanical and electrical systems at Broward College in Davie, Fla. Broward is a recipient of a 2015 Facility Maintenance Decisions Achievement Award for Personnel and a two-time winner in the six-year history of the FMDAAs. He discusses the transition to and benefits of the centralized program with FMD Associate Editor Dave Lubach.
5 Minutes With: Sharing Successful Deferred Maintenance StrategiesKathie Shafer is vice president for operations at Messiah College, located in Grantham, Penn., just outside Harrisburg. Shafer manages 35 buildings and several small houses that combine to make up 1.3 million square feet spread over 450 acres.
Her department is a success story in the fight against deferred maintenance. During her 10 years at Messiah, the private university went from having no deferred maintenance plan to developing a proactive process that produces advanced funding for projects and educates upper management on the importance of keeping buildings in working order.
5 Minutes With Podcast: Baylor University Centralized Irrigation System Saves Water, Reduces MaintenanceAndy Trimble, Director of Campus Grounds for Baylor University's Facility Services in Waco, Texas, discusses his university's conversion to a centralized irrigation system on campus.
Before centralizing the system, Baylor's facility services department spent 224 labor hours a year in order to turn the system on and off and make seasonal adjustments. The new system has enabled the department to better allocate those hours and find estimated savings of $150,000 a year on the 1,000-acre campus.
5 Minutes With Podcast: South Dakota City's Maintenance Team's Impact on RecyclingGary Hargens, Maintenance Manager for Destination Rapid City/Main Street Square in South Dakota, discusses his department's role in the city's downtown recycling program, which has saved 20-24 tons of trash a year since 2012.
5 Minutes With Podcast: Discussing Snow and Ice Removal Challenges at a National Park Service Site in Washington D.C.
Diana Bramble, a supervisory horticulturist with the National Park Service at Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C., discusses the snow and ice removal process at the 3,000-acre urban park. Diana's team is responsible for 21 miles of roadway and 22 miles of sidewalks. The sidewalks are a special challenge, as they spread throughout the city over a 50-mile radius and 99 separate land units. Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 and is one of the country's first federal parks.
5 Minutes With Podcast: Vanderbilt University Transitions Away from Coal to Natural Gas to Heat Campus Facilities
Mitch Lampley, the director of engineering and technical support-plant operations at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., discusses the university's transition away from using coal to generate heat for campus facilities.
Before decommissioning of the plant's last coal boiler, the university's power plant relied on burning coal for 126 years. The power plant has partially used natural gas since 1988, but still burned 105 million pounds of coal and produced 15 million pounds of waste per year.
5 Minutes With Podcast: Infrastructure Renewal Program Helps Healthcare Facility's Sustainability EffortsAl Neuner, vice president of facility operations at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., discusses an infrastructure renewal program that grew from $10 million in savings from energy reduction programs. The hospital lowered its energy costs to $1.69 per square foot during a time when most are spending $4 to $6.
For its efforts, the system won a 2014 Facility Maintenance Decisions Achievement Award.
5 Minutes With Podcast: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Eliminates the use of Chemicals on Turf Areas as Part of Grounds Management ProgramDennis Greenwood, manager of grounds and landscaping at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, discusses his institution eliminating the use of chemicals on its turf areas and the impact the decision has had on the campus.
5 Minutes With Podcast: North Carolina County School District Keeps Energy Costs Down Through Period of Extreme Enrollment GrowthGreg Clark, Senior Director of Maintenance and Operations at Wake County (N.C.) Public School System, discusses how his school district manage to keep energy costs down through a period of extreme enrollment growth. The school district's energy use increased only 0.8 percent during a five-year period when square footage increased by 13.5 percent and enrollment increased by 11.6 percent. For their efforts, Wake County was named a recipient of a 2014 Facility Maintenance Decisions Achievement Award.
5 Minutes With Podcast: Stony Brook University's LED Parking Project Produces Significant SavingsTom Lanzilotta, energy manager for Stony Brook University in New York State, discusses his campus' parking lot lighting project that retrofitted 14 campus lots with LEDs.
5 Minutes With Podcast: University of Alabama Training Program Produces Well-Rounded EmployeesNeal Dichiara, the Director of Building Maintenance for the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, discusses the impact of his department's training program on employees' skill sets. The Alabama maintenance staff was the recipient of a 2014 Facilities Maintenance Decisions Achievement Award for in personnel for its program.
5 Minutes With Podcast: Florida College Reduces Potable Water Use with Well-Water SystemYohannes Asgedom, the energy management systems manager at Broward College in Davie, Fla., discusses the well-water system that reduces the use of potable water on campus
5 Minutes With Podcast: University of San Diego Successfully Implements Mobile CMMSKimberly Carnot, the director of facilities services and planning, facilities management at the University of San Diego, discusses her school's implementation of a mobile CMMS.
5 Minutes With Podcast: NASA Benefits from Post Occupancy Evaluation ProgramPete Aitcheson, O&M program manager for NASA Headquarters, discusses the organization's post occupancy evaluation program.
5 Minutes With Podcast: Training Program Benefits Maintenance Staff at University of MichiganRich Robben, physical plant executive director at the University of Michigan, discusses the school's training program for maintenance workers
5 Minutes With Podcast: HVAC retrofits save Colorado city more than $400,000Jerry Cinkosky, Facilities Manager for the City of Westminster, Colo., discusses an HVAC retrofit project that saved the city more than $400,000.
5 Minutes With Podcast: How Recycling System Reduced Water Use by 25 Million Gallons at the University of Alabama-BirminghamMatt Winslett, the engineering manager, in the University of Alabama-Birmingham Facilities Division, discusses a water recycling system that reduced water use by 25 million gallons in a calendar year.
5 Minutes With Podcast: How General Motors maintenance manager identifies, prioritizes hundreds of projectsDarrell Rounds, the manager of maintenance and industrial cleaning for GM Global Facilities, discusses the challenges of identifying needs and setting maintenance priorities for a company with sites located all over the world.
5 Minutes With Podcast: Hospital's Web-Based Training Program Improves Worker SafetyBill Warren, the manager of training and development for the facilities engineering and maintenance department at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital, discusses his facility's web-based training program. The implementation of the program earned the facility a 2013 Facility Maintenance Decisions Achievement Award.
5 Minutes With Podcast: Hospital Says no to Pesticides for Turf ManagementMark Miller, the director of facilities with Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., discusses his facility's decision to stop using pesticides on its lawns and landscapes.
Mountain of Maintenance: School District Near Chicago Ponders Renovations, Building ConsolidationsJohn Fuhrer, Director of Operations for North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Ill., discusses maintenance and building consolidation efforts inside his school district.
Fighting Drought Conditions: How Texas University Deals With Local Water RestrictionsJay Jascott, Landscape Supervisor, Facilities Management, from the University of Texas at Dallas, discusses the way that local water restrictions affect his department's grounds care activities and operations.
Seeking Certification: School District Pursues Energy Star Certification for Data CenterGary Wright, Executive Director of Schools Operations at Cherokee County (N.C.) Schools, discusses his district's pursuit of an Energy Star certification for its data
All Together Now: Combining Grounds, Maintenance Staffs Improve EfficiencyBob Bertram, the Executive Director of Facilities Management at the University of Southern Maine, discusses his school's decision to merge the grounds department and facilities maintenance staffs
Avoiding Outsourcing: Strategy Helps Increase Staff, Improve QualityPaul Adjan, Facility Manager with the Glynn County Airport Commission in Brunswick, Ga., discusses his efforts to keep maintenance jobs in-house
Space Jam: Pennsylvania school factors storage issues into equipment purchase plansAlex Bonnard, Grounds Manager for Haverford (Pa.) School,
discusses purchasing new equipment and how to take advantage of limited storage space.
Cutting costs: Simple steps help Florida county achieve sustainabilityDon Turner, Facilities Maintenance Director for the Okaloosa (Fla.) County Board of County Commissioners, discusses his department's utility conservation program.
Energy efficiency: Improvements help hospital save energy, moneyTom Smyth, Director of Facility Services at Cobleskill (N.Y) Regional Hospital, discusses the procedures his staff took to help the facility become more energy efficient.
Water consumption strategies with Todd WilkeningWilkening discusses educating his staff on ways to conserve water.
Worker Productivity Strategies with Darin HargravesHargraves discusses his department's efforts to measure and improve the productivity of front-line technicians
5 minutes with Ken Roey, Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Management, Howard County Public School SystemRoey joins Steve Schuster, Associate Editor, to discuss his school system's recently implemented employee-driven preventive maintenance program
5 minutes with Skip Milton, Assistant Director of Facility Operations at Texas Children's HospitalSkip Milton, Assistant Director of Facility Operations at
Texas Children's Hospital discusses his department's successful efforts to enhance energy-efficiency.
5 minutes with Emily BarrettEmily Barrett, Sustainability Manager, Town of
Cary, Cary North Carolina discusses her town's water conservation
5 minutes with Ana K. Thiemer Project Manager - Renovation and Renewal Program, Facilities Services, University of Texas AustinAna K. Thiemer Project Manager - Renovation and Renewal Program, Facilities Services, University of Texas Austin discusses her department's successful efforts to secure more funding for renovations.
5 minutes with Rick Storlie Director of Administrative Services, Facilities Management University of Nevada, Las VegasRick Storlie Director of Administrative Services Facilities Management University of Nevada Las Vegas discusses his campus's energy and water efficiency initiatives.
Energy efficiency project results in significant campus improvementsSteven M. Cox Assistant Director of Facilities
Maintenance with Tulsa Community College discusses how an energy performance agreement saved his organization thousands of dollars and improved student's quality of life.
Government Facilities Management: One Airport's Renovation Success Story with Wayne HarveyWayne Harvey, Director of Facilities Managment at San Diego
County Regional Airport Authority discusses his departments role in a $1.2 billion expansion project.
Making a Successful Transition to Zone MaintenanceJoe Payne, Public Works Operations Manager, Grounds Department, City of Springfield, Mo.
Energy Management: One School District's Success Story with Connie KelleyConnie Kelley, energy manager and educator with the Chambersburg (Penn.) Area School District, discusses how her district has saved almost $2 million in four years with energy-management initiatives
Energy Efficiency: Role of HVAC Systems and Benchmarking with Jay RussellJay Russell, mechanical engineer lead with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, discusses energy-efficiency initiatives, including benchmarking and steam- and chilled-water-system maintenance
Personnel Management and Cost-Saving Strategies with Bruce CanterBruce Canter, director of operations with the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Del., discusses strategies that have saved his organization money, including outsourcing, energy-efficieny initiatives, and utility partnerships.
Green Initiatives Save Money, Reduce Energy Use with Kim FarlinKim Farlin, maintenance coordinator with the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria, Ill., discusses how lighting retrofits and changes to HVAC and controls systems have improved the bottom line
CHCP: Installation Insights with Mark J. DemingMark J. Deming, director of facilities with Branford (Conn.) Public Schools, discusses his district's installation of a combined heating, cooling and power (CHCP) system
CMMS: The Importance of Data with Susan DeaneDeane, technical assistant with the facilities management department at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., discusses her department's computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and its impact on maintenance and operations
Energy-Conservation Program: HVAC, Lighting, Roofing with Sean ArnoldSean Arnold, director of maintenance with Hernando County School District in Brooksville, Fla., outlines his district's energy-conservation program, which includes cool roofs and lighting and HVAC retrofits
Grounds Care: Designing, Maintaining Athletic Fields with Michael TarantinoMichael Tarantino, director of maintenance and operations with Poway Unified School District in Poway, Calif., discusses strategies for designing and maintaining athletic fields.
Outsourcing: Strategies for Hiring, Managing Contractors with Steve SpencerSteve Spencer, facilities specialist with State Farm in Bloomington, Ill., discusses his organization's contractor-qualification process and the way his department evaluates contractor performance
Bottom-Line Water-Conservation Strategies with Jeff HanulecJeff Hanulec, director of engineering with Westin Copley Place in Boston, discusses plumbing and HVAC strategies that have paid off in terms of water and monetary savings
The Manager's Role in LEED Certification with Curt StainbrookCurt Stainbrook, mechanical systems manager with Macalester College facilities services in St. Paul, Minn., discusses the HVAC and building-automation system technologies in one LEED-certified facility
Lighting Retrofits: Save Money, Reduce Maintenance with Betsy PooleyBetsy Pooley, director of building services with Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, shares her lighting-retrofit success stories, including the use of LED technology
Maintenance Technician Training with Rod AllenRod Allen, system director for plant operations with Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Fla., provides strategies for implementing online and traditional training.
HVAC Management Strategies with Mike HolzkamperMike Holzkamper, Director of Facilities Management with Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, Tenn., discusses key issues surrounding the hospital's HVAC system.
Developing a Business Continuity Plan with Sean NelsonSean P. D. Nelson, assistant director, facilities engineering with Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in Baltimore, outlines strategies for building an effective business continuity plan.
Developing a Plan for Snow and Ice Removal with Tim HolyszHolysz, director of landscape services with Western Michigan University, discusses the importance of a plan that includes sustainability initiatives and preventive maintenance.
Lessons in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response with Dan HeaterDan Heater, Director of Building and Landscape Services with the University of Iowa, talks about the university's response to the 500-year flood that hit the Iowa City campus in the summer of 2008.
Benchmarking Energy Use with Mike ZanghiMike Zanghi, director of facilities with Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., discusses his experiences with benchmarking the hospital's energy use.
Building-Automation Systems and Energy Efficiency with Skip MiltonSkip Milton, Assistant Director of Facilities Operations, Energy, Maintenance & Operations with Texas Children's Hospital, discusses his hospital's building-automation system and its impact on energy efficiency.
Lessons in Educational Funding with Tim WoodleyTim Woodley, director of operations with the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, discusses the district's success in passing bond measures.
The Evolution of CMMS Technology with Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas, Assistant Director, Work Management with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, discusses the variety of functions the university's CMMS provides.
Lighting Retrofits with Chris CioniChris Cioni, Associate Director of Facilities Management with the University of California, Davis, discusses the university's Smart Lighting initiative
Managing a Grounds Equipment Fleet with Brian SmithBrian Smith, grounds manager with Progressive Insurance, discusses successful fleet-management strategies.
Plumbing and Water Conservation with Bob McManawayBob McManaway, Director of Plant Operations and Support Services with TradeWinds Island Resorts & Conference Centers in St. Pete Beach, Fla., discusses strategies for implementing water-saving initiatives.
Strategies for Specifying Vegetative Roofs with Tim Pennigar
HVAC renovations with Jeffrey Plutz
Bottom-Line Grounds Management with John BurnsLandscape Manager University of Texas
Build a Recycling Program with Lynda BoomerEnergy and Environmental Engineer, Physical Plant Department Michigan State University
Save Time and Money Using a CMMS with Walt PettersDirector of Maintenance and Plant Operations Brevard County Public Schools
Snow and Ice Management with John LawterAssociate Director, Plant Building and Grounds Services with the University of Michigan
Emergency-Management Planning with Cathy AnthoferDirector of Campus Safety and Security, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.
Water Conservation on a Drought-Stricken Campus with Mark DuclosDirector of Operations and Maintenance, The University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
Green-Purchasing Strategies with Tom BadrickSustainability Coordinator, Legacy Health System Portland, Ore.
Campus Security and Safety with Bill ElveyDirector for Facilities Management, Engineering, Planning & Construction
The University of Texas at Dallas
Drought-Tolerant Landscaping with Joe JacksonDirector, Grounds and Sanitation Services
Duke University, Durham, N.C.
Establishing Sustainable Facilities with Kevin FolsomDirector of Facilities and Plant Operations Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
Water Conservation and Plumbing Technology with Marty LaporteAssociate Director of Utilities for Water Resources and Environmental Quality, Stanford University Utilities Division, Stanford, Calif.
Energy Efficiency in HVAC Systems with Philip StephensDirector of Facilities Management Services, Carolinas Medical Center NorthEast, Concord, N.C.
Hot Weather Roofing with Clark NeilsonGeneral Repair Coordinator, Clark County School District, Las Vegas
Sustainability Issues on Campus with Ellen NewellAssistant Director of Grounds Services, Arizona State University
Training the next generation with Bill WarrenManager of Training and Development,
Facilities Engineering and Maintenance, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Staff Training Strategies with David McCormickDirector of Operations, Facilities Management Department Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
CMMS Upgrade Insights from Richard MooreDirector, Division of Facilities and Maintenance Services, Milwaukee Public Schools
Security Technology Advice from Richard W. RobbenExecutive Director of Plant Operation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
How to Approach Your IAQ Upgrade from Dave HillExecutive Director, Facilities and Operations, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kan.