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Emerging Campus Builds In Resilience from the Start

Old and new challenges in ensuring Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus can withstand a crisis

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Forging Better Vendor Relationships

Tips for evaluating service providers, writing a clearer RFP, and measuring key performance indicators

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How To Deliver Bad News To Top Management

Before things get worse, build a convincing case of what needs to be done now

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6 Challenges of Hybrid Working Environments

Facility managers returning on-site need to renew their business etiquette in the workplace

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10 Tips for Justifying Projects to Management

Educating officials on the importance of getting things done involves many obstacles. Here’s how to overcome them

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Passive Design, Active Energy Savings

Passive building principles are gaining momentum. In many cases, passive commercial buildings can approach or achieve net-zero energy.

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Do You Have Future Managers On Your Staff?

How to identify standout employees and put them on the track for middle and senior management positions

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The Answers To Attracting Technicians

Solving the growing labor shortage lies in changing perceptions about maintenance work, uncovering new sources for technicians, and bringing back apprenticeships.

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The Office of the Future Will Be Flexible

As return to work gains momentum, facility managers may have some difficult decisions regarding space configuration and footprint. Here’s some advice.

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Enhanced Infection Control with Antimicrobials and Nanotechnology

These tools continually protect surfaces from COVID-19 and other microorganisms

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Re-opening: Keeping Foodservice Safe, Yet Sustainable

How the pandemic has impacted Herman Miller’s foodservice operations

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FMs Playing Important Role During COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout

School systems offer up their buildings in effort to increase the rate of vaccines

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How to Improve IAQ With Effective Air Filtration

Learn the 3 things needed for healthy indoor air, understand the difference in air filters, and upgrade filtration in 5 steps

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How to Develop an Effective Mentorship Program

Structured mentoring helps with recruitment and retention, as well as facilitates knowledge transfer.

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The FM’s Guide to Facility Credentials

Earning a credential can increase your earning power and kickstart your career. Here is how to sort through the alphabet soup of facility credentials to find what’s best for you.

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Free Money for Energy Projects?

New and extended tax incentives and rebates can help fund HVAC, lighting, renewable energy, and other projects. Here’s what you need to know to maximize your money.

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Getting Creative With Vacant Facilities

Two examples of repurposing vacant recreation and retail buildings into usable office space

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Is Office Densification Dead?

Before the pandemic, personal work areas were shrinking. What impact will social distancing and work-from-home have on office layouts?

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Is It Time To Replace Your Fire Alarm System?

This guide offers answers to commonly asked questions about ongoing maintenance and replacement of fire alarm systems

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Resilience In Action At University of Chicago

COVID-19 has tested the school’s resilience strategies. Senior Director of Facilities Brian Cowperthwaite discusses an emphasis on people, communication and preventive maintenance

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Facility Management 2021 Forecast

Experts predict trends in design, energy, construction, and more.

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Five 2021 Commercial Real Estate Trend Predictions

Market outlook for industrial, office, healthcare and retail facilities

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FM Guidebook for Fire Alarm Inspection, Testing and Maintenance

Answers to commonly asked questions regarding NFPA 72 and its requirements for inspecting and testing fire alarm systems

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Maintaining Company Culture While Working Remotely

Working from home and social distancing makes it hard for staff to interact. These strategies help employees to keep connecting.

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What Do New Facility Managers Want In A Job?

Recent graduates share the key attributes that organizations can use to attract employees.

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Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Four Coronavirus Mitigation Measures

Some coronavirus strategies are proven by science to work. Others are merely theater.

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Are Your Fire Notification Systems Up To Code?

Answers to commonly asked questions about notification appliances in the fire alarm system

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Data Center Facility Management Salaries

Compensation for data center facility managers, engineers and technicians broken out nationally, by market, redundancy, critical load and more

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Facility Manager's Guide To Fire Alarm System Code Mandates

Answers to commonly asked questions regarding fire codes, NFPA 72 and interconnections between the alarm system and the rest of the facility

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Six Climate And Resilience Strategies You Can Do Right Now

Learn how facility managers can help mitigate the worst effects of climate change while also improving the resilience of their facilities

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Managing The Generational Gap

Facility management staff could include four generations of employees. Learn insights for a thriving age-diverse workforce

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When Switching To LEDs, Plan Long-term

Retrofits and new luminaires will last a decade or two. Although expensive, it’s an opportunity to invest in new lighting capabilities for the future

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COVID-19: Maintenance On The Frontlines

Engineering and maintenance at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center help the organization respond to the coronavirus pandemic

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LED Relamping: An Inexpensive Way To Cut Energy Bills

One-for-one relamping using existing ballasts and type A TLEDs is the easiest and cheapest option, but it’s not without its drawbacks

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Cybersecurity: How To Avoid Ransomware Attacks

Developing operational technology policies can protect facilities from external threats and self-inflicted wounds

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Five Ways To Retain Middle Managers

Failure to acknowledge these employees leads to a decrease in commitment and higher turnover

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Healthy Buildings: Understanding Fitwel Certification

COVID-19 escalated occupants' desire for healthy workspaces. Fitwel gives facility managers a blueprint to follow.

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8 Ways To Bring Down Data Centers

Avoid power failures in your critical facilities by watching out for these eight problems

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Improving Employee Engagement And Team Morale

This overlooked, but critical, aspect of the facility manager’s role can reap long-lasting benefits

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Gap Analysis: Teach Your Employees The Skills They Lack

Train staff on the skills they need. These programs help facility managers identify what's missing

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How COVID-19 Will Affect Future Office Design

Learn about the permanent changes facilities may implement to keep occupants healthy and avoid future shutdowns

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Preparing Higher Education Facilities For Reopening

Short- and long-term facility solutions that allow students and staff to return to campus safely

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Successful Onboarding Starts Here

Follow this onboarding checklist to integrate new hires into the organization. Assign a mentor to help employees feel connected even faster.

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WELL Certification Provides Financial And Occupant Benefits

Building occupants are beginning to demand that their indoor environment contribute to their own health and well-being. The WELL rating system can help

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Know Before You Buy: Boilers

This guide can help facility managers save thousands of dollars by making educated purchases with practical advice about the features worth paying for, key questions to ask, and pitfalls to avoid.

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Resilience: The Facility Manager’s Role

Managers play a central role in building a resilience team, setting priorities and protecting an organization’s in-place assets

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Attracting Millennials To Facility Management

Making the industry appealing to Millennials requires new strategies and a different mindset

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Preparing For A Hurricane

Facility managers need to safeguard their roofs, windows and equipment against damage from strong winds and water

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6 Ways To Boost Building Envelope Performance

Improve performance and reduce costs with a range of technologies in use

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Facility Management Salaries and Compensation

Pay scales broken out by geography, individual titles, market type, facility size and more.

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Budgets And Staffing Report

Analysis of 2019 capital budgets, operating budgets and staff sizes, as well as projections for 2020

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11 ADA Problem Areas In Open Offices

Compliance still matters, even without walls

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17 Steps To Lower Your Electric Rates

Most facility managers know how to trim electricity costs by upgrading lighting, HVAC, and controls. But if the goal is to reduce power costs, facility managers also need to know how to reduce their average electric rate

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Energy Star Score Action Plan

In late August 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency made significant changes in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool. Realign with refreshed metrics