February 2022
by Sara Marberry

When Texas A&M Professor Leonard L. Berry asked me last February what topic I wanted to write about with him for an article in a special series titled “Shaping Tomorrow’s Healthcare Systems: Key Stakeholders’ Expectations and Experiences” in the Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy (JHMHP), I didn’t hesitate. “Healthy buildings,” I told him.

As you all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the significant role our buildings and communities play in keeping us healthy and safe. In healthcare settings the stakes are much higher, as patients’ health is often already compromised and their stress and anxiety levels are high.

What is a Healthy Building?
Nurses, physicians, and other clinicians also experience daily emotional and physical stress in healthcare settings. So the ways in which healthcare facilities are designed and operated, as well as the organizational polices that are put in place play a critical role in supporting the health and well-being of patients and staff.

Demand for new life sciences lab space is outpacing speculative construction in the top 12 U.S. life sciences hubs as the industry rapidly expands amid a global race for new drug development, according to a 2021 Report from CBRE. With the U.S. vacancy rate for existing lab and research & development space at a record low of 4.9 percent—including just 1.1 percent in the Boston-Cambridge market and New York City—average asking rents are skyrocketing in the top 12 markets, jumping 7.5 percent in September compared to March 2021.

Life sciences companies collectively sought nearly 23.8 million sq. ft. of new lab space across those 12 markets in this year’s third quarter. That exceeds the amount of lab space under spec construction – meaning space being built without a tenant already signed – by nearly 2.8 million sq. ft. That gap has widened steadily since last year; Even as construction has ramped up considerably, growth in demand continues to outpace it.

The global healthcare facilities management market has been undergoing analysis and it is poised to grow by $ 68.46 bn during 2022-2026, decelerating at a CAGR of 7.40% during the forecast period. The report on the global healthcare facilities management market provides a holistic analysis, market size and forecast, trends, growth drivers, and challenges, as well as vendor analysis covering around 25 vendors.

The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current global market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The market is driven by the increasing demand for cloud-based healthcare facility management solutions and increasing demand for smart facilities. In addition, increasing demand for cloud-based healthcare facility management solutions is anticipated to boost the growth of the market as well.

The National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT) Conference & Expo is returning to the Baltimore Convention Center on March 29-31, 2022. This is the first time NFMT has returned to Baltimore since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.  

“Facility managers are ready to return to in-person events,” says Dan Weltin, editor-in-chief, facility market at Trade Press Media Group. “Virtual conferences have been helpful during the pandemic, but they are no substitute for a live trade show. NFMT will be the best opportunity to learn about the latest trends and see new products.”  

The show is now offering four different registration options to choose from, allowing for a more personalized experience. See the Basic, Pro, Elite, and Virtual tiers at the link. 

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance surfaces, partnered with Spartan Surfaces to relaunch its ECOsurfaces line of products. Spartan Surfaces is a specialty flooring sales and marketing company. This showcases Ecore’s commitment to the design community and its dedication in promoting more sustainability.

Bo Barber, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Ecore, shared that ECOsurfaces is its environmental banner to the A&D community. The collaboration reinforces commitment to a circular business model and elevates commitment to lead in creating floors that do more for both people and the planet.

Spartan Surfaces plays a huge role to this successful collection by making it more readily available to the A&D community.

In this interview, Roofing Contractor Managing Editor Chris Gray spoke with Vanessa Keitges, CEO of Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Green Technologies, who provides insight on how this once-niche sector of roofing is quickly becoming a sought-after roof by companies and building owners around the world.

With an ever-increasing focus on sustainable practices and environmentally friendly roofing, now is the time for roofing contractors to enter the green roofing market, says the company.

A lot of what we’ve done over the last decade has been focused on development, but in the last six months, I’ve gotten so many calls on existing buildings,” remarked Keitges.

Keitges said the explosion of green roofing is partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused many buildings to become virtually empty as people work remotely. Now building owners and businesses are seeking ways to bring people back into the office by giving them green spaces to enjoy.

The first organizations have achieved the GBAC STAR Registered Technology & Registered Programs designation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. These products and programs have been recognized as meeting a high standard of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.

The GBAC STAR Registered Seal promotes resilience and provides added assurance for facilities managers (FMs) and service provides who are dedicated to cleaning for health. Twenty additional companies are in the process of achieving the GBAC STAR Registered designation.

Fast reads . . .
SC Johnson Professional has launched a healthcare website for its healthcare portfolio. SC Johnson Professional Healthcare products contribute to helping to slow the spread of infection within healthcare facilities, by implementing safety protocols that limit the spread of infectious disease.

The portfolio offers monitoring technology, skin care products and surface cleaning products that help healthcare institutions maintain safe environments, reduce healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and slow the spread of infectious disease.

It’s an online destination housed within the complete SC Johnson Professional website and features pertinent healthcare news, product information and resources. Additionally, visitors can find information regarding upcoming events, industry news and other helpful resources.