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  • Sustainable Architecture and User Experience: Intent Versus Results

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    • Steven Orfield, Orfield Laboratories
    • | Nov 17, 2014

    The architectural and FM communities have a clear interest in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, yet LEED is not strictly performance based. Many have a clear discomfort with the lack of science and research in the LEED program, which does not focus significantly on building performance or user experience.

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  • Good Smart Data You Can Easily Obtain

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    • Alana Dunoff, AFD Facility Solutions
    • | Nov 12, 2014

    It may be fairly easy for you to capture work order turn-around time, square foot per person and energy consumption data from your various automated systems and customer surveys. However, there is other powerful untapped data resource to which you have access that can also tell a great story.

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  • Diving into Risk Mitigation and Risk Matrix Development

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    • Lemelle Johnson, Celgene
    • | Oct 16, 2014

    If we lived in a perfect world, there would be no need for project managers. Business groups would identify needs and wants and would simply flip a switch to run projects to completion without a hitch, on time, on budget and providing the exact scope requirements. Unfortunately, we live in the real world where facility managers are faced with real projects, each of which has its own unique risks and rewards.

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  • Tips on Understanding the Collaborative Needs of a Business

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    • Jeff Avallon and Amanda Schneider, IdeaPaint
    • | Sep 17, 2014

    The first step in planning any successful, highly collaborative workplace is to understand how employees work. Some industries lend themselves to vibrant offices filled with plenty of cozy nooks for people to come together while others require larger spaces to facilitate frequent inter-departmental meetings. What workforce characteristics do you need to support? We put together a few quick tips based on our experience with specific industries.

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  • How Taking a Break Boosts Productivity

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    • Lisa Hamblet, Staples Facility Solutions and Services
    • | Aug 08, 2014

    There are many ways facility managers can help boost productivity around the office, but taking short breaks and providing snacks for employees is a simple way to quickly improve productivity.

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  • Reducing Corporate Real Estate: Flex Work/Hoteling Checklist

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    • Steve R. Pons, Direct Energy
    • | Jul 15, 2014

    Times are changing, and so is the typical workplace and work schedule. Flex work is one of many major changes that facility managers are facing, but if it’s a good fit for an organization and implemented properly can be a cost-saving measure.

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  • Keeping Appearances: Why You Should Hire Maintenance Specialists for Your Facility

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    • Tom Ward, MilliCare
    • | Jul 02, 2014

    Depending on the size and scope of your building, you work with a number of vendors for the ongoing maintenance of your facility. When considering the many facets of your building’s appearance, do you work with cleaning generalists or maintenance and care specialists? Knowing the difference could help you maintain a pristine image for your business, while also extending the life cycle of your investments.

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  • Take Control of Your Energy Savings

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    • Kane Kiester, Direct Energy Business
    • | Jun 23, 2014

    Managing a facility’s energy strategy is not top of mind for most facility managers. But think of it this way — a business would never move forward with getting insurance, a mobile phone plan or a fleet car without searching for the best deal. In a deregulated market, a company’s energy procurement should be shopped for in the same way.

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  • Managing Absenteeism through Occupational Health and Safety

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    • Mike Hickman, JLL
    • | Jun 16, 2014

    Today, many organizations have occupational health and safety (H&S) policies in place, but have yet to integrate them with the other business functions. However, it can be a costly mistake to center all attention on the high-risk part of the portfolio and overlook H&S in low-risk environments. A good case in point is absenteeism.

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  • Need for Change Order Management

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    • Paul R. Schreyer, The Gordian Group
    • | Jun 05, 2014

    For the majority of general building construction and renovation projects open for competitive bidding, the owner publishes a set of plans and specifications and requests the contractor to submit a lump sum bid to perform the work. There are generally no unit prices submitted with the bid. However, the best practice to ensure change orders are reasonably priced is to include preset unit prices in the original contract.

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  • Thermal Energy Storage Essential to Future of Clean, Renewable Energy

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    • Mark MacCracken, CALMAC
    • | May 28, 2014

    Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are by nature inconsistent. This poses a challenge since our power grid is designed to create and provide electricity as we consume it. Energy storage can help solve this problem by capturing renewable energy sited at a facility or away at a power plant when it is available and saving it for use when it is needed, therefore dramatically increasing the viability of cleaner sources of energy.

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  • Steps to Success at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport

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    • Michael Cheyne, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport & Kathy Roper, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • | May 20, 2014

    In order to gain insight on the most important areas for operational improvement to its centralized passenger terminal complex, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) recently launched an operational assessment of its terminal complex and facility management processes in order to improve quality and customer satisfaction. The project, a joint effort by the City of Atlanta Depart of Aviation, AECOM and Georgia Institute of Technology, provided validation of some of the best practices found in aviation facilities operations and practices. Most are not unique to airports.

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  • Tubular Daylighting Devices – Considerations for Retrofitting Existing Spaces

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    • Michael Sather, Solatube International, Inc.
    • | May 13, 2014

    How do you determine the best tubular daylighting device (TDD) configuration and quantity needed for an existing space?

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  • Overcoming Hurdles to Sustainability

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    • Robert Kravitz, Altura Solutions
    • | May 06, 2014

    All types of organizations, businesses and facilities are now taking steps to become more sustainable. Many businesses are finding that this move offers many benefits beyond just being kinder to the planet and the communities in which they operate.

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  • Five Measures of Software Usability That Impact User Buy-In

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    • Chris Mumford, ManagerPlus
    • | Apr 30, 2014

    In the facilities management industry, the value of enterprise software solutions differs depending on the user in question. Key measures of usability can be formulated into the following question: Is the program effective, efficient, engaging, error tolerant and easy to learn?

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  • Advice for Implementing a Mobile FM Solution

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    • Marte Byrne, Boston Scientific
    • | Apr 24, 2014

    When word gets out that you’ve accomplished a successful deployment of a mobile FM solution, you may find yourself being asked for advice from others. The idea of providing mobile access to an FM solution is so logical, that just about everyone I encounter in the profession wants to do this (if they haven’t already), but some are still not quite ready to take the plunge.

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  • Modeling and Optimization in Strategic Space Management

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    • Michael May, University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin
    • | Apr 03, 2014

    Cost reduction in estate and space management is a hot topic. While energy consumption is a major focus, it is often overlooked that a much larger potential lies in an efficient use of the available space. Space allocation is a tedious work and a great challenge for space and facility managers with considerable economic impact on the entire organization.

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  • Is FM Doomed as a Profession?

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    • Eric Teicholz, Graphic Systems, Inc.
    • | Mar 31, 2014

    In general, the millennial generation tends to be collaborative, open-minded, highly educated and ambitious. We must ask ourselves why facility managers have not yet realized the importance of embracing this demographic cohort — especially in the context of there being a shortage of skilled FMs.

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  • Data Centers: Key Variables That Influence Overall Costs

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    • Chris Read, McKinstry
    • | Mar 26, 2014

    When expanding server hall capacity or building a new data center, several common variables have a significant impact on overall operating costs. Awareness of how these interact and change based on the realities on the ground allows a data center management team to make effective business decisions without endangering uptime or jeopardizing business operations.

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  • What Does the Future Hold? A Future Vision of BIM for FM

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    • Angela Lewis & Jim Whittaker, Facility Engineering Associates
    • | Mar 17, 2014

    Nobody can predict the future, but the unique experiences of each person have the ability to shape it. The authors of the article "BIM and a Future Vision for FM" in the March/April 2013 issue of FMJ suggest the following may be possible.

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