May 2023
Global commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE’s new Facilities Management Procurement Perspectives report, a study focused solely on facilities management (FM) procurement, has revealed that organizational delivery; supply chain inflation; and environmental, social and governance (ESG) imperatives are the three key drivers shaping FM procurement strategies.

The survey canvassed 40 corporations from across eight sectors including Life Sciences, Industrial & Logistics and Financial & Professional Services. Its findings show that outsourcing has become the dominant real estate delivery model, with 58% of respondents stating that they outsource (strategic alliances with third party providers) FM services, while a quarter out-task (use of firms for tactical roles such as janitorial, engineering, etc.), and the remaining 15% self-perform in-house.

In the world of fashion, denim is democracy. From its roots as a hard-wearing uniform for workers, denim and jeans have become the great equalizer — an iconic fabric shared by people around the world, yet one you can make uniquely your own, again and again.

With Denim Culture, Mohawk Group takes a fresh look at its popular Denim collection, offering new styles and colorways that bring an individual aesthetic and universal ease to your spaces. Simple to personalize, this carpet tile collection is edgy but effortless and ideal for all types of interior styles. But Denim Culture goes deeper than appearances — it’s about respecting each other and the resources we all share. From the zero-water dyeing process of its innovative fiber, to going beyond carbon neutral for a net-positive impact on the climate, Denim Culture helps your project give back to the world that sustains us all. 

Visit Mohawk Group's NeoCon showroom 377 on the 3rd floor.
Global building technology society ASHRAE has released a new standard to measure zero net carbon and energy goals in buildings. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 228-2023, Standard Method of Evaluating Zero Net Energy and Zero Net Carbon Building Performance, sets requirements for evaluating whether a building or group of buildings meets a definition of “zero net energy” or a definition of “zero net carbon” during building operation.

Standard 228 draws from ASHRAE Standard 105, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, among others, to address energy and carbon flows across a site boundary, their measurement, and their balance.

Wooster Products is the industry leader in anti-slip stair treads and walkway products. They have been manufacturing anti-slip products for new construction, renovation and OEM applications since 1921 from their Wooster, Ohio facility.  Long respected for quality and innovation, their products include cast iron (Ferrogrit®), cast aluminum (Alumogrit®), extruded aluminum (Spectra, Supergrit®, Stairmaster®, and Flexmaster®), pressure sensitive adhesive tape (Flex-Tred®), and coatings (WP-70, Walk-A-Sured®, and Safe-Stride®), as well as photo-luminescent nosings and treads (NITEGLOW®).

Their work is featured in commercial, industrial, and residential settings worldwide. Wooster Products can provide anti-slip solutions for any project; stadiums, office buildings, apartments, restaurants, sidewalks, transit stations, trucks, trailers, boats, planes, and more.

Contact Wooster Products today to “Make Every Step a Safe One.”
Providing programming for facility managers and commercial interior designers across a range of educational topics and categories is a hallmark of NeoCon at THE MART in Chicago.
On June 12-14, 2023, the roster of live and virtual seminars are CEU-accredited and offer the wisdom of industry experts.

The McMorrow Reports’ team will be attending NeoCon and managing the Best of NeoCon for the 32nd year. The following onsite CEU sessions are among the ones we will be attending:

A day in the life of a facilities management team vs an organization’s leadership team is worlds apart. But there is one key component for each of those teams that is critical to do their job effectively: facilities data.

If basic asset data – such as asset condition, maintenance logs, inspection results, energy efficiency, and repair vs. replacement costs – isn’t available, everyone from the boiler room to the boardroom is hard pressed to make the best decisions for everything from keeping the lights on to long-term budgeting and investments.

AkitaBox offers eight reasons facility data should be a top priority and what you should look for in data collection and facility management solutions ensure everyone can make the best decisions with real-time information.

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NeoCon 2023 is coming up June 12-14, and the show is proud to announce the jury for this year’s edition of the Best of NeoCon Product Awards Competition. The roster of forward-thinking industry professionals will represent a broad cross-section of the NeoCon community, including members of IFMA, the premier facility manager organization, and leading design/architecture associations such as ASID, IIDA and AIA. The jury features influential facility managers, designers, architects and specifiers with a deep understanding of the evolving needs and emerging trends in the commercial design industry. “Now in its 33rd year, Best of NeoCon continues its tradition of convening a first-rate jury, as evidenced by this year’s roster,” notes Best of NeoCon Director Eileen McMorrow.

The jurors are respected leaders in industry verticals from commercial/workplace, education, healthcare and hospitality, including representatives from firms in design, technology, and enterprise, including Gensler, Studio O+A, NELSON, CannonDesign, NBBJ, HOK, and Studio GC, among others. More than 45 jurors will gather on site at THE MART to thoroughly evaluate all Best of NeoCon entries in the days prior to NeoCon, June 12-14.

This VRLA battery delivers consistent, unrivaled high output and up to 3x the cycle life of standard AGM, especially in extreme deep cycle (up to 100% DoD), partial charging, or challenging environments. Available in 6-, 8- and 12-volt models, the battery delivers these benefits:

  • LASTS LONGER: Up to 3x more cycle life than standard AGM. Validated at 1,200 cycles at 100% DoD vs 400 cycles for AGM. 
  • PERFORMS IN HARSH CONDITIONS: Robust performance in extreme temperatures and conditions. Temperature range is -40o F to 160o F (-40o C to 71oC)
  • DELIVERS HARMLESS PSoC: Tested to withstand long-term partial state of charging, again and again.
  • MAINTENANCE FREE: Virtually no maintenance as watering is not required.
  • SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE: Classified as non-spillable and can be safely mounted horizontally. It’s made using 80% recycled materials and is 99% recyclable.
  • RUGGED DESIGN: Designed and manufactured to absorb vibration and shock.
  • WARRANTY: This VRLA battery is backed by a three-year warranty.
  • AGM CHARGER: Charge with existing AGM charger and profiles.

The product accelerates productivity in floorcare machines, golf/utility vehicles, access and material handling equipment, and renewable energy. 

Learn more about Trojan’s AES or find your local Authorized Trojan Dealer.
This comprehensive reference from the Architecture category of FMLink's new Books section covers the practical and aesthetic issues that distinguish commercial interiors. There is new information on sustainable design, security, and accessibility three areas of increased emphasis in modern interiors.

This guide also provides comprehensive coverage of interior design for specific types of commercial facilities, ranging from offices to food and beverage facilities, and from retail stores to health care facilities. With information on licensing, codes, and regulations, along with more than 150 photographs and illustrations, this combined resource and instant reference is a must-have.

The facilities management of plants, warehouses, and distribution centers (excluding machine maintenance) is only 2%-5% of an overall budget. Chief Operation Officers and other executives can overlook, or need to be made aware of, the inefficiencies created by their in-house or outsourced commercial cleaning team. Unfortunately, executives and leadership do not take notice until it’s too late — when there are disruptions of their service to customers and operations. Here are 3 real-world examples that OpenWorks has seen in the last couple of years:

Real Example #1: A major food distributor serving national quick-service restaurants almost has its operations shut down by the FDA.
One of our clients, a food distributor that delivers high-quality fresh, frozen, and wholesale products to large restaurant chains, restaurants, hospitals and healthcare facilities, casinos, and hotels, almost had their entire operations disrupted. The client left OpenWorks for another facilities management vendor offering a traditional cleaning service model. They offered our client a 20% discount, and the savings swayed our customer. However, the new traditional cleaning service vendor responded to a homogenous bid even though the distributor’s locations provide distinctive needs. The distributor’s Los Angeles location does not have a large freezer or dairy and meat section, but the Phoenix location does. In addition, the sites have different business and traffic schedules since they are a 24/7 food distributor. The traditional cleaning provider took a blanket approach to keep their prices low, which is how they could offer a 20% discount.