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 […]

John Rimer Teaching CFM Exam Prep Workshop Plus at Facility Fusion in Las Vegas

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John Rimer of FM360 is teaching the one-day CFM Exam Prep Workshop and three-day CFM Exam Prep Workshop PLUS at Facility Fusion in Las Vegas April 1st-3rd.  Click here to learn more and to register. John’s other upcoming speaking & teaching events

Free Webinar – Selling the Value of Facilities Management

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In spite of efforts to develop and present bulletproof business cases, we often fall short when it comes to “closing the deal.” Selling the merit of a business case does not start at the executive meeting; rather it is an on-going, active effort that is a primary duty of a facility manager. During this presentation, […]

Presenting to Upstate SC IFMA Chapter – “More Than Glorified Janitors?”

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Most facility departments are under-funded and under-staffed.  They act as modern-day MacGyvers trying to resolve the decline of aging systems and the increase of operational demands with a piece of gum, a ballpoint pen, and a paperclip – sound familiar?  This lack of resources and seeming disconnect with management perpetuates the costly firefighting cycle in which many organizations find […]

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 […]

FREE Webinar – Digging Out of Deferred Maintenance – August 25th

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An all too common encumbrance for facility organizations is the anchor of deferred maintenance and aged systems, relegating facilities to a perpetual state of firefighting.  In this session, we will discuss simple steps to digging out of this pit and progressing the department in a value-driven, proactive direction through establishing and selling a predictable, manageable […]

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 […]