Making Green Equal Green – Selling Sustainability Projects when the Dollars Do Not Pencil

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While recovery from the “Great Recession” has loosened purse strings to fund many facility improvements, sustainability projects still have a hard time meeting organizational financial criteria.  Most of the low-hanging “green fruit”, such as lighting upgrades, variable frequency drive installation, and economizer tuning, has been harvested, leaving the larger, more costly projects that cannot be […]

Electrical Systems: Don’t Get Burned

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As published in the March/April 2017 edition of IFMA’s FMJ With the progressively more complicated and interdependent facility systems, the importance of maintenance continues to increase, as does the strain upon staff and contractors to complete such.  There are regulatory requirements to inspect and test exit signs, fire suppression & detection systems, elevators, etc.  Mechanical […]

Teaching CFM Exam Prep Workshop in Charlotte on May 9th

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IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager, CFM, is the most distinguished credential in the facility industry.  A recent IFMA study found that CFMs earn 25% more than their non-CFM counterparts and tend to occupy higher management positions. The Charlotte Chapter of IFMA is excited to offer this one-day CFM Exam Prep Workshop.  The class will help you determine your readiness for the CFM exam and hopefully give you […]

The Hand-Off – Planning for Successful Transition from Construction to Operations

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As published in the Nov-Dec 2016 edition of IFMA’s FMJ. Consider this: A building is designed, constructed, and turned over to facilities in roughly eighteen to twenty-four months – often launched without adequate testing, training that does not fully prepare engineers, minimal operating parameters defined, and no comprehensive documentation on how to operate & maintain […]

Stretching the Club Maintenance Dollar

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As published in the Fall 2016 edition of Club Management Facility related expenses are typically second only to personnel in costs – for some facilities may be the highest.  While this is likely no surprise to those of you that pour over the budget looking for ways to stretch the dollar.  However, you may not […]

On-Going Commissioning – Leveraging Technology to Ensure Efficient Operations

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The two key resources that facilities seemingly always need are money and people.  However, those are often the two that are continually being stretched, as facility departments are instructed to do more with less.  This strain is growing with the exodus of the baby boomers and the consequential skilled labor shortage.  Thus, it is imperative […]

Digging Out of Deferred Maintenance

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As found in IFMA’s FMJ May/June 2016 Excitedly, the facility industry continues to mature, advancing our stature within our respective organizations.  However, one key anchor impeding that progress is the aging infrastructure that exists in many of our facilities and the subsequent reactive maintenance it creates.  This reactive firefighting is a drain of valuable personnel […]

From the Grounds, Up – Selling the Value of Facilities

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There has been much deserved emphasis on getting facility management to the C-suite, which is necessary for our industry to realize success.  However, all efforts expended earning our way to the executive level, can be quickly dashed if facility staff and contractors are not on-board with our initiative.  Thus, it is equally imperative that we […]

Setting a Vision for Success in Facility Management

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as published in the November edition of Buildings Maintenance & Management magazine Proverbs states that “without vision, the people perish”, which essentially means that the people wander aimlessly without any clear direction and are left to their own demise.  Or to quote from another wise sage, Tobi Keith (for those country music fans) – “if […]

Commissioning & Retro-Commissioning as published in IFMA’s FMJ

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Lowering Utility Costs and Increasing Facility  Performance through Commissioning and Retro- Commissioning by John Rimer as published in the November/December issue of IFMA’s  Facility Management Journal Commissioning is one of the most cost-effective means of ensuring optimum building  performance and efficiency, returning energy savings as high as 25% and payback periods  measured in months.  However, […]