December 2022
Presented by: Randy Olson and Eileen McMorrow — A common theme of discussion for any gathering of senior facilities managers is the urgent need for FM staff training and fully trained FM professionals — who can handle the building operations workload and understand what it takes to provide services to employees in the workplace. Or anyplace they may be working.

If your FM department is in danger of losing its current FM team members, they need perks to demonstrate your commitment to their career advancement, encouraging them to stay. This November 2022 panel discussion of industry experts at NFMT Remix, Las Vegas, addresses:
  1. Understanding the impact FM training can have on staff retention
  2. Identifying the 24 knowledge areas and skills that encompass the FM skill set
  3. Contrasting the top training priorities of FM managers and staff; and
  4. Discussing the implications of training.

The risk of germs and viruses spreading in the workplace has become a critical factor in creating a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for employees. A healthy indoor environment can be the difference between employees coming to a building or completely avoiding it. A critical piece in creating a healthier workplace is the ability to accurately track indoor air quality.  

To better understand the role of indoor air quality and how it relates to the future of work, Infogrid took a deep dive into the concerns of hybrid workers, commissioning research that surveyed 4,000 workers in the U.S. and U.K. who spend at least one day a week in the workplace. 

The report, Air Quality and Health in the Workspace, outlines their perspective on what makes a healthy, productive and sustainable work environment. 
Do you currently have a plan to track and share indoor air quality in the spaces you manage?
Yes, we have a plan to track and share indoor air quality in the workspaces.
Yes, we find value in sharing the building’s indoor air quality with employees.

As winter approaches, 85 airports in 28 states will be better prepared to keep airport operations running safely and smoothly. The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $76.2 million in FY 2022 for snowplows, de-icing equipment and new or upgraded buildings to store this equipment. 

"We can’t let winter weather stop aircraft from safely landing and taking off," stated Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta Griffin, P.E. "This funding will help keep airports operating this winter and get passengers and cargo to their work, families and vacations safely."

Approximately $46.2 million will be used to purchase snow removal equipment, such as: 
  • $3,667,964 to Rickenbacker International in Columbus, Ohio
  • $3,152,552 to Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska

You’re serious about purchasing facilities management software. You’ve done your homework. You’ve researched solutions, watched demos, and met with salespeople. You’ve narrowed the playing field to your top vendors. Now it’s time to send out a Request for Proposal (RFP).

By issuing a strong RFP, you can kickstart the procurement process and be on your way to better facilities management.

As a facilities management software vendor, AkitaBox has seen plenty of RFPs over the years. So, the company is sharing 3 best practices for building a great request (and an easy-to-use RFP template).

Maintaining a clean indoor environment is vital when you own or manage a commercial facility, such as offices, malls, retail showrooms, schools, hospitals, hotels and restaurants. Having a healthy environment is essential to both customers and staff. Large spaces have unique sets of challenges when it comes to cleaning.

This is particularly true for areas that have different types of surfaces and are difficult to disinfect. Regular and comprehensive disinfection using an electrostatic spray can reduce the spread of pathogens and other infections. More office buildings, hospitals, warehouses and factories among others are willing to switch to this revolutionary new technology for cleaning.

This white paper from Servi-Tek focuses on the needs of commercial building owners, facility managers and employers who want to learn about the right way to keep commercial facilities disinfected and germ-free, the different cleaning needs of different types of properties, and the role played by professional janitorial, cleaning and facility maintenance companies specializing in commercial building maintenance.

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on a new $50 million energy upgrade pilot program for nonprofits. The deadline to submit a response to this RFI is December 22, 2022 by 5:00PM ET.

Funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Energy Efficiency Materials Program will help nonprofits purchase materials and implement building upgrades to decrease utility costs, create healthier community spaces, and help reduce carbon emissions in commercial buildings. As a first-of-its-kind investment from DOE, it will provide an opportunity to bolster the financial health and long-term sustainability of nonprofits and empower them to take part in the clean energy transition.

Fast reads . . .
by John Massey, CEO, PropertyTRAK.A nonprofit healthcare organization that provides a continuum of family health support maintains high standards for its corporate image and facilities stretching all the way to its restrooms. Committing to its quality mission, Compass Health Network (CHN) developed a unique QR Code application that amplifies its ability to maintain public areas. Implementing the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is leading to equipment and process changes that are enhancing its corporate image, improving guest satisfaction and financially benefiting the corporation.

CHN offers primary, dental and behavioral health and substance abuse services in 100 facilities and properties across Missouri with 390 rest rooms to be serviced, supplied, sanitized and maintained. Recurring Work Orders are in use to ensure that scheduled janitorial services and inspections periodically restore public areas to corporate standards. Between scheduled services for each restroom, there was no formal way to learn if maintenance was needed. 

The key concerns were to:  
  1. Identify specific equipment and assets to include in budgets for replacement or enhancement to help reduce staff time and operational costs.
  2. Identify potential changes to service frequency and staff procedures that will cost-effectively improve the image of high-traffic public areas presented to clients and guests.  

To work outside of home or to work from home? Summer 2022 survey shows only 1 in 5 office workers admit amenities are what brings them back to the office.

Office workers find technology and flexible workstations a more significant factor in getting them back to the office than amenities, reveals research from software and technology company essensys.

According to the essensys-commissioned survey among 1,000 U.S. office workers, critical findings show that while only 1 in 5 office workers admit that amenities bring them back to the office, the vast majority (63%) of office workers claim technology and flexible workspaces are the reason they come to the office, proving the importance of a tech-forward workplace.

When designing or renovating a student housing facility, square footage, number of occupants and budget are considerations. Designing for student safety ranks even higher, say the experts at KWK Architects

The safety and security industry is moving toward more personalized security systems where a user’s data resides directly on access cards to gain entry to student housing facilities and fingerprinting or other biometric processes are being used to access secure areas, according to Javier Esteban, AIA, LEED AP, KWK Architects. The new generation of security cameras also provide higher definition images at lower lighting levels, with the ability to cover much wider angles, creating a very strong, multi-layered security system.

Esteban says traditional design theories that incorporate basic layers of security and the human element on site, throughout the building and in individual units, should still apply in student housing designs and complement the use of technology. These include a clear separation between public and private areas, a reduced number of building entry points past a reception desk, adequate exterior lighting. reducing hiding places, and more.