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

FMJ May-June 2017

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 […]

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 […]

Digging Out of Deferred Maintenance

FMJ May-June 2016

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 […]

Realizing the Value of Facilities

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As published in the October 2015 edition of Buildings Maintenance & Management magazine.

Fellow Facility Professionals – It’s Time to Raise the Bar

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As published in the September 2015 edition of Buildings Maintenance & Management magazine (page 32 – 34)

Perception is 9/10ths Reality… Managing Customer Perception & Expectations

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How much easier would your job be if you could use the Jedi mind trick?  ”You are not cold, the temperature is just right.”  “You enjoy your gray cubicle with dim lighting.”  “You don’t really need that dry erase board hung today.”  Okay, come back to reality…  The truth is you can’t (or at least shouldn’t) […]

Politics and Facility Management – Wanna Win, Gotta Play

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When you hear the word “politics”, what comes to mind?  Finger-pointing, gridlock, partisan, money, under-table deals, scandals, etc. – all-in-all, politics has a negative connotation.  However, according to Merriam-Webster, politics is defined as “activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government.”  The key […]