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5 Minutes With Podcast: Energy Management Program Produces Massive Savings for Texas School DistrictDanny Helm is the energy manager for the Arlington Independent School District in Texas. The school district is a recipient of a 2015 Facility Maintenance Decisions Achievement Award for sustainability. Through an energy management program, the school district avoided $6.6 million in utility costs over five years. Helm discusses the program with FMD Associate Editor Dave Lubach.
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.
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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.
Closer look: Atlanta Airport's Restroom Retrofit Saves Millions of Gallons of WaterHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials discuss programs that have dramatically reduced water use at the nation's busiest airport.
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.
Closer look: Inside the Arc-Flash Explosion and Renovation of the University of Alabama's Central Energy Plant
Communications Strategies for FM SuccessFrancis Gillis with the Georgia Tech Department of Housing, John De Benedictis with TD Bank Group, and John Shea with the New York City Department of Education talk about ways they used communication strategies to their advantage. Their projects were recognized with 2013 FMXcellence Awards from Building Operating Management.
How to Engage Occupants in Sustainability StrategiesBob Holesko with HEI Hotels and Resorts, Sean Delehanty with BAE Systems, Ken Fletcher with Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory talk about what occupant engagement strategies worked for them in their wide-ranging and very successful sustainability initiatives. Their projects were recognized with 2013 FMXcellence Awards from Building Operating Management.
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
Closer look: Medical Center Lighting RetrofitChris Miller discusses how a massive lighting retrofit helped the Georgia Regents Medical Center become an Energy Star certified hospital.
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
UConn takes on massive retrocommissioning projectThe University of Connecticut is in the middle of a retrocommissioning that includes HVAC, water conservation and lighting projects. The project will eventually involve more than 30 buildings. Energy Services Engineer Stan Nolan discusses the decisions that went into the buildings.
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.
Irrigation systems: Advice on common problemsGrounds managers deal with leaks, maintenance and upgrades to their irrigation systems on a regular basis. In this piece, three grounds managers talk about how they deal with these issues, and the steps they took to cut costs and conserve water at the same time.
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
GBMC's boiler control nerve centerGreater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)'s successful boiler retrofit also resulted in the construction of a new boiler control room. Maintenance Solutions is taking you behind-the-scenes for a look at GBMC's nerve center.
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
LEED Resources for Facility Managers from Green Building Certification InstitutePeter Templeton, president of the Green Building Certification Institute, explains the role of GBCI and what it can offer facility managers.
As LEED Grows, GBCI Takes Steps to Handle Workload, Ensure QualityPeter Templeton, president of the Green Building Certification Institute, talks about how GBCI keeps up with the growth of LEED programs and ensures consistency in reviews of LEED projects.
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.
Brian Crimmins on the Evolution of Crozer-KeystoneBrian Crimmins vice president, facilities planning and development, Crozer-Keystone Health System, discusses how the evolving health care market has fueled a push into the community through outpatient facilities.
Crisis Management: Why you need to be concernedIn this video from NFMT 2011: Robert Lang, assistant vice president for strategic security and safety, Kennesaw State University, explains why crisis management is becoming more and more important.
Incident Trends in Educational InstitutionsIn this video from NFMT 2011: Robert Lang, assistant vice president for strategic security and safety, Kennesaw State University, shares insights on the trend of incidents in educational facilities.
Tips for Creating a Crisis Coordinator ProgramIn this video from NFMT 2011: Robert Lang, assistant vice president for strategic security and safety, Kennesaw State University, shares how the university's crisis coordinator program offers more resources and better response time when an incident occurs.
Why the First 2-3 Minutes of an Incident are so ImportantIn this video from NFMT 2011: Robert Lang, assistant vice president for strategic security and safety, Kennesaw State University, explains that in a crisis situation, it's up to people on-site to handle the first two to three minutes.
Creating a "Red Book" Can Save Your Assets During an IncidentIn this video from NFMT 2011: Robert Lang, assistant vice president for strategic security and safety, Kennesaw State University, explains how his department's "Red Book" helps emergency responders by providing information on buildings, including floor plans, the occupants and what chemicals are in the building.
Understanding Technology Supported Emergency Response InitiativesIn this video from NFMT 2011: Robert Lang, assistant vice president for strategic security and safety, Kennesaw State University, explains some of the technology his department uses to support emergency responders.
Project: The AventineCarlos Santamaria, vice president of Engineering Services with Glenborough, discusses why they decided to drive energy efficiency and sustainability at the Aventine to a very high level.
Making a Successful Transition to Zone MaintenanceJoe Payne, Public Works Operations Manager, Grounds Department, City of Springfield, Mo.
If Your Proposal Is Denied...In this podcast, Stormy Friday, president of The Friday Group, talks about the next steps facility managers should take if their proposal gets a 'no.'
Transwestern's Allan Skodowski on LEED and the Better Buildings ChallengeIn this video, Allan Skodowski, senior vice president, LEED and sustainability services for Transwestern, explains why LEED is the basis for the company's "good, better, best" approach, the importance of certification, and why Transwestern has committed itself to the Better Buildings Challenge.
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
FMXcellence: How to Be a LeaderNo matter the facility type or project, leadership in facilities management shares common strategies. FMXcellence 2011 winners discuss best practices in facilities management.
FMXcellence: How to Maintain EnthusiasmFMXcellence 2011 winners discuss how to keep interest and focus going on long-term projects.
FMXcellence: How to Organize a Big ProjectFMXcellence 2011 winners discuss organizational and management strategies for leading large and complex projects to successful completion.
FMXcellence: How to Get Buy InA successful project requires buy in from all players. Here FMXcellence 2011 winners discuss some tips for getting your team on board.
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
OSHA: Obama Administration Increases FundingIn this video from NFMT 2011: David Casavant, executive director of the Workplace Safety Awareness Council, says funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) often depends on the party occupying the office of the presidency.
Worker Safety: Lost Productivity Helps Determine ROIIn this video from NFMT 2011: David Casavant, executive director of the Workplace Safety Awareness Council, says for every dollar you spend on worker safety, you receive three dollars in return.
OSHA Inspection: Steps for Facility ManagersIn this video from NFMT 2011: David Casavant, executive director of the Workplace Safety Awareness Council, outlines steps facility managers need to take if OSHA pays a visit to their workplace.
How to Understand OSHA's Numbering System?In this video from NFMT 2011: David Casavant, executive director of the Workplace Safety Awareness Council, says facility managers can view the OSHA numbering system the same way they used to think about the Dewey Decimal System.
OSHA Audit: What to Expect from the Opening ConferenceIn this video from NFMT 2011: David Casavant, executive director of the Workplace Safety Awareness Council, talks about the things OSHA expects to see in the opening-conference portion of an inspection.
Sustainability Improvements Require Organizational Buy-InIn this video from NFMT 2011: Carlos Santamaria, LEED AP, vice president of engineering services with Glenborough LLC, says a team approach is the best way to improve sustainable operations.
What is the EPA's National Building Competition?In this video from NFMT 2011: Maura Beard, director of strategic communications with Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Buildings and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, describes the Energy Star National Building Competition.
How to Streamline Lighting RetrofitsIn this video from NFMT 2011: Keith Klug, manager of energy projects with Sears Holding Corp., discusses his company's lighting retrofits and their impact on the indoor environment.
The Role of Building Occupants in Saving EnergyIn this video from NFMT 2011: Keith Klug, manager of energy projects with Sears Holding Corp., says treating a building like your home can lead to energy savings.
Does an HVAC Pre-Filter Improve Energy Efficiency?In this video from NFMT 2011: Keith Klug, manager of energy projects with Sears Holding Corp., discusses challenges his organization faced in reducing energy consumption.
HVAC Retrofits Lower Energy Use, Reduce Hot-Cold CallsIn this video from NFMT 2011: Carlos Santamaria, LEED AP, vice president of engineering services with Glenborough LLC, talks about going after high energy-using systems first when considering retrofits.
How to Partner with Vendors for Energy SavingsIn this video from NFMT 2011: Carlos Santamaria, LEED AP, vice president of engineering services with Glenborough LLC, discusses partnering with vendors to improve energy efficiency.
Why is the Existing-Building Market So Important?In this video from NFMT 2011: Paul Von Paumgartten, senior green building advisor with Johnson Controls Inc., provides an overview of the existing-building market.
Green Buildings: Retrofits to Increase in Private SectorIn this video from NFMT 2011: Paul Von Paumgartten, senior green building advisor with Johnson Controls Inc., takes a look at the commercial real estate market and its focus on energy efficiency.
The Role of Existing Buildings in Energy Use, EmissionsIn this video from NFMT 2011: Michael Arny, president of Leonardo Academy, talks about the impact of existing buildings on nationwide energy use and emissions.
What is the Value of LEED Certification?In this video from NFMT 2011: Michael Arny, president of Leonardo Academy, discusses the value of LEED-EB certification.
LEED for Existing Buildings Gains TractionIn this video from NFMT 2011: Michael Arny, president of Leonardo Academy, summarizes the status of LEED-EB projects and the rating system's growing importance.
Sustainability Success Story: Small Projects Pay Off BigIn this video from NFMT 2011: Stuart Carron, director of global facilities and real estate with Diversey, outlines his company's successful sustainability initiatives.
What are the Benefits of Daylight Cleaning?In this video from NFMT 2011: Stuart Carron, director of global facilities and real estate with Diversey, and Michael Arny, president of Leonardo Academy, talk about the benefits of daylight cleaning.
One Company's Approach to Sustainability and the Bottom LineIn this video from NFMT 2011: Stuart Carron, director of global facilities and real estate with Diversey, talks about his company's three-prong approach to sustainability and the bottom line.
Energy Costs: Retrofit to Save MoneyIn this video from NFMT 2011: Paul Von Paumgartten, senior green building advisor with Johnson Controls Inc., talks about savings associated with existing-building retrofits.
Recommissioning Benefits: Improved IAQ, Equipment PerformanceIn this video from NFMT 2011: Andrew D. Watson, senior project engineer with E3 Designs and the Watson Group, outlines the benefits of recommissioning beyond energy savings.
What is the Difference Between Recommissioning and Retrocommissioning?In this video from NFMT 2011: Joe Watson, senior project engineer with E3 Designs and the Watson Group, describes the difference between recommissioning and retrocommissioning.
Energy Efficiency Should Not Compromise Occupant SatisfactionIn this video from NFMT 2011: Joe Watson, senior project engineer with E3 Designs and the Watson Group, says improving energy efficiency does not have to negatively impact occupant comfort.
What is the Cost and ROI of Recommissioning?In this video from NFMT 2011: Andrew D. Watson, senior project engineer with E3 Designs and the Watson Group, makes the case for recommissioning projects.
Energy-Efficiency Tip: How to Reset Chilled-Water TemperaturesIn this video from NFMT 2011: Joe Watson, senior project engineer with E3 Designs and the Watson Group, talks about how resetting chilled-water temperatures can save energy.
Chillers: How to Lower Condenser-Water TemperaturesIn this video from NFMT 2011: Joe Watson, senior project engineer with E3 Designs and the Watson Group, says chillers' condenser-water temperatures are a target for energy savings.
What's Included in Retrocommissioning and Recommissioning Studies?In this video from NFMT 2011: Joe Watson, senior project engineer with E3 Designs and the Watson Group, outlines the key elements of retrocommissioning and recommissioning studies, including equipment replacement and energy-conservation measures.
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.
Facilities Management: How to Create a Energy DepartmentIn this video from NFMT 2011: Craig Cherry, facilities operations manager with the State of Oklahoma, discusses the way his organization's energy-management department influences utility costs and energy efficiency.
Project Management: Break Large Projects Into PiecesIn this video from NFMT 2011: John Zurinskas, vice president of The PNC Financial Services Group, talks about planning and executing large-scale projects.
Facilities Management: Implement a Bottom-Up ApproachIn this video from NFMT 2011: Peter Strazdas, associate vice president of facilities management with Western Michigan University, says getting the "right people on the right seat on the bus" drives organizational success.
Sustainability: Green Projects Help Obtain FundingIn this video from NFMT 2011: Peter Strazdas, associate vice president of facilities management with Western Michigan University, tells managers to embrace sustainability as a way to obtain funds for deferred maintenance and larger projects.
Facility Management Matrix: Integrate Environmental StewardshipIn this video from NFMT 2011: Phil Berman, executive director of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Facilities Services, talks about continuous-improvement plans for all auxiliary service operations.
What are the Advantages of ISO CertificationIn this video from NFMT 2011: Phil Berman, executive director of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Facilities Services, discusses the advantages of ISO certification for a school district.
Energy Management: Get Support From Financial PersonnelIn this video from NFMT 2011: R.C. Herrin, executive director of maintenance and operations with Hays Consolidated Independent School District, discusses effective communication related to sustainability initiatives.
A LEED-EBOM Case StudyRobert Pearlman, senior facilities and administration officer, International Finance Corp., talks about how he and his team achieved a Platinum certification on the company's headquarters facility.
Use Inventory Software to Assess Condition of Facilities, SystemsIn this video from NFMT 2011: Jim Turner, senior associate with AECOM, outlines steps facility managers can take in developing a facilities master plan that will ensure the building portfolio supports an organization's overall strategic goals.
Facility Master Plan Helps Prioritize InvestmentsIn this video from NFMT 2011: Jim Turner, senior associate with AECOM, outlines steps facility managers can take in developing a facilities master plan that will ensure the building portfolio supports an organization's overall strategic goals.
Gap Analysis: Evaluate Investment Choices in Master PlanIn this video from NFMT 2011: Jim Turner, senior associate with AECOM, outlines steps facility managers can take in developing a facilities master plan that will ensure the building portfolio supports an organization's overall strategic goals.
Use Criteria to Evaluate Investment OptionsIn this video from NFMT 2011: Jim Turner, senior associate with AECOM, outlines steps facility managers can take in developing a facilities master plan that will ensure the building portfolio supports an organization's overall strategic goals.
Business Continuity Plan: Use Checklists for Most Important StepsIn this video from NFMT 2011: Bob Mellinger, president of Attainium Corp., discusses strategies facility managers can use to develop a successful business continuity plan.
What Do Facility Managers Need in Business Continuity Plans?In this video from NFMT 2011: Bob Mellinger, president of Attainium Corp., discusses strategies facility managers can use to develop a successful business continuity plan.
Emergency Planning: Develop a Communications StrategyIn this video from NFMT 2011: Bob Mellinger, president of Attainium Corp., discusses strategies facility managers can use to develop a successful business continuity plan.
Business Continuity Strategy: Keep a Plan Up to DateIn this video from NFMT 2011: Bob Mellinger, president of Attainium Corp., discusses strategies facility managers can use to develop a successful business continuity plan.
Business Continuity Planning: Drilling and Tabletop ExercisesIn this video from NFMT 2011: Bob Mellinger, president of Attainium Corp., discusses strategies facility managers can use to develop a successful business continuity plan.
Business Continuity Strategy: Implement a Shelter-In-Place PlanIn this video from NFMT 2011: Bob Mellinger, president of Attainium Corp., discusses strategies facility managers can use to develop a successful business continuity plan.
Business Continuity Planning: Develop a Chain of CommandIn this video from NFMT 2011: Bob Mellinger, president of Attainium Corp., discusses strategies facility managers can use to develop a successful business continuity plan.
The Evolution of Communication ExpectationsJohn D. Finney, senior communication and change management consultant with Towers Watson, discusses how employee expectations of the communications from their superiors have evolved over time and what they need now. This is part of the April 2011 Building Operating Management cover story coverage.
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
Five Questions to Answer When Communicating ChangeJohn D. Finney, senior communication and change management consultant with Towers Watson, discusses the five questions to answer when communicating change. This is part of the April 2011 Building Operating Management cover story coverage.
Energy Benchmarking When You Can't Use Energy Star BenchmarksDavid Thomas, operations manager of the Austin Convention Center, talks about how to overcome the challenges of energy benchmarking in a specialized facility.
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
Energy Audit Yields Big SavingsKimberly Dominguez, director of Conference and Facilities Management, National Education Association, discusses the savings and strategies involved in a recent successful energy audit.
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
Building Clout With DataMichael Renfrow of the University of West Georgia and Albert Tarcola of the University of Arizona talk about using data to guide action and about the importance of good numbers.
Tackling Big Challenges Pays Off with CloutJudie Cooper with the Smithsonian Institution and Mike Raible with Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District talk about how tackling challenges within their organizations led to greater clout for the facilities department.
Better Building Performance Boosts FM StandingBob Flowers with Bibb County Schools and Damon McFall with the University of Illinois discuss how improving their facilities' performance had the additional effect of increased clout for their departments.
Tips of the Trade - Gaining Clout With CommunicationStan Peterson of Gilbert Public Schools and Gary Hunt of Bayer Corp. discuss four tips for communicating with their occupants and upper management. The result? More respect, a captive audience, and clout.
Networking Helping FMs Get Things DoneBert Gumeringer of Texas Children's Hospital and Kirk Beaudoin of Nike explore ways to develop networks within and beyond the organization.
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
How to Ensure Quality HVAC Preventive MaintenanceKenneth Meyer, Judy Davis, Jeff Deem, and Tom Moriarty discuss how to ensure quality HVAC preventive maintenance.
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
MRO Inventory Management: Right Parts, Right Time, Right QuantityAndy Gager discusses self-assessment, benchmarking and the role of MRO inventory management.
The One-Minute Pitch to the CEOStormy Friday explains why it is critical for FMs to be able to make a quick pitch to the CEO.
How To Be an FM LeaderKit Tuveson discusses the skills and talents required to be a successful leader.
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.
Maintenance Modeling: Strategy for SavingsInterview with Frank Kaleba at NFMT 2010.
Kaleba discusses The Role of Maintenance Modeling, Maintenance Cost Drivers, and Predicting Maintenance Needs.
Inventory Management: Technology SolutionsInterview with Frank Murphy at NFMT 2010.
Murphy discusses Bar-Code Benefits, Bar-Code Technology, and Steps to Bar-Code Technology.
Parking Structure MaintenanceInterview with Michael Violette at NFMT 2010.
Violette discusses The Causes of Deterioration in Parking Structures, Preventing Deterioration, and the Impact of Design on Maintenance.
Maintenance Management ROIInterview with Bruce Wesner at NFMT 2010.
Wesner discusses Maintenance Planning, Collective Decisionmaking, and How Data Helps Identify Problems.
Reducing Maintenance Costs with Assessments and TrainingInterview with Bill Goebel at NFMT 2010.
Goebel discusses Skills Assessment, Skills Training, and Training ROI.
Getting Good Carpet SpecificationsInterview with Lewis Migliore at NFMT 2010.
Migliore discusses Impact of Poor Specs, Good Carpet Specifications, and Getting a Good Spec.
Strengthening the Link Between FM and ITInterview with Steve Smith at NFMT 2010.
Steve Smith discusses Understanding IT Needs,
Educating IT on FM Issues, and
Being Familiar with IT Technology Demands.
What Comes After LEED Certification?Interview with Rachel Hardesty at NFMT 2010.
Rachel discusses Keeping LEED Momentum and
Budgeting for Upgrades.
Effective Service ProcurementInterview with Vince Elliott at NFMT 2010.
Vince discusses Ensuring Quality Service,
Agree on Goals, and
Foundation for Green Services.
The Role of BIM in Building RetrofitsInterview with Deke Smith at NFMT 2010.
Smith discusses understanding BIM, adopting a BIM standard, and BIM's role in retrofits
Legionella: What Managers Need to KnowInterview with Matthew R. Freije at NFMT 2010.
Freije outlines signs of Legionella, key water systems managers need to address, staffing issues, challenges of working with a third party, and Legionella education
How to Debunk the Biggest Maintenance MythsInterview with Michael B. Cowley at NFMT 2010.
Cowley identifies the biggest maintenance myths and actions managers can take to debunk those myths
Conducting a Building Audit for MaintenanceInterview with Ralph W. (Pete) Peters at NFMT 2010.
Peters discusses implementing a building audit for maintenance, offers suggestions for best practices, and outlines steps for the audit
Sustainability in Schools: NYC Department of EducationInterview with John T. Shea at NFMT 2010.
Shea talks about building a sustainability agenda, the role of operations staff in executing the agenda, and educating students on sustainability
Risk Management: Decrease Costs, Improve AccountabilityInterview with Dean Kashiwagi at NFMT 2010.
Kashiwagi introduces the performance information procurement system (PIPS) and discusses how it saves time and money
Sustainability: Managers' Role in the Triple Bottom LineInterview with Larry Morgan at NFMT 2010.
Morgan talks about the triple bottom line, outlines a manager's role, and discusses how to assess vendors' sustainability
Keeping Up with ADA ComplianceInterview with Joan W. Stein at NFMT 2010.
Stein discusses Ensuring ADA Compliance, Building Codes and ADA, and Commonly Overlooked Mistakes.
On-the-Job Education in FMInterview with Marc Fischer at NFMT 2010.
Fischer discusses Creating a Culture of Learning in FM, Educating the Generations, and Advanced FM Degrees.
Growing with Your Organization: Strategic PlanningInterview with Joshua Millman at NFMT 2010.
Millman discusses Anticipating Growth in Your Organization, Strategic Facility Planning, and Saving vs. Spending.
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.
Sophisticated BAS Command Center Saves Staff Time
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.
Maintenance: The Impact of Sustainability
EPAct Tax Benefits for Green Buildings
Meeting Future Demands on the Data Center
Succession Planning In Your Facility Organization
College to Consulting: How To Get Started
Do You Have the Skills to Be an FM Consultant?
Transitioning to the World of FM Consulting
Going Green: Toyota Making It Work
New Security Challenge: Concealed Weapons on Campus
Responding to Security Incidents on Campus
Grounds Management : Sustainability Solutions
Grounds Issues: Alternative Fuels and Water Use
Green Buildings in Today's Economy
Many Ways Educational Facilities Can Tap Into Stimulus Money
Strategies for Specifying Vegetative Roofs with Tim Pennigar
Green Grounds Care: LEED Considerations
HVAC renovations with Jeffrey Plutz
Inventory Management: Clean, Lean and Reliable
Paths to Success in Facilities Management
Energy Efficiency As a Risk Management Tool
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
Finding Balance in Facilities Management
Utilizing the Whole Building Design Guide for Integrated Facilities
Snow and Ice Management with John LawterAssociate Director, Plant Building and Grounds Services with the University of Michigan
Energy Star Shows That Not All New Buildings Are Energy EfficientBrandon Lorenz interviews Alyssa Quarforth.
LEED-EB: O&M: A Maintenance Roundup
Emergency-Management Planning with Cathy AnthoferDirector of Campus Safety and Security, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.
Future of Facility Management
Water Conservation on a Drought-Stricken Campus with Mark DuclosDirector of Operations and Maintenance, The University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
Inventory Management Strategies
No- and Low-cost Green Strategies
Increasing ADA Awareness
Green-Purchasing Strategies with Tom BadrickSustainability Coordinator, Legacy Health System Portland, Ore.
The Importance of Training Facility Staff in the Soft Skills
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.
Demand Side Management Programs and Demand ResponseRick Lubinski, president of Think Energy Management, discusses demand response.
Hot Weather Roofing with Clark NeilsonGeneral Repair Coordinator, Clark County School District, Las Vegas
Preventive Maintenance and the Process of Selecting a CMMSJim D'Orazio, president of Vista Advantage, discusses successful CMMS specification strategies.
Sustainability Issues on Campus with Ellen NewellAssistant Director of Grounds Services, Arizona State University
Calculating the Real Value of Facilities ManagementLearn how moving to an analytics based approach to facilities management can help boost a facility executive's value internally.
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
Solving the Productivity RiddleHow employee input can help build a better work environment.
Security Technology Advice from Richard W. RobbenExecutive Director of Plant Operation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Managing Cleaning ContractsHow much do your cleaning contracts cost per square foot?
How to Approach Your IAQ Upgrade from Dave HillExecutive Director, Facilities and Operations, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kan.
Dealing with Facility Workforce Issues