Getting the Most Out of Your Buildings Through Commissioning & Retro-Commissioning

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Commissioning is far more than a checkbox on USGBC’s LEED building certification form or a task that the contractor was supposed to-do according to project specifications.  In fact, Commissioning (Cx) and Retro-Commissioning (RCx) are some of the most cost-effective means of ensuring your buildings are performing optimally and efficiently. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) released […]

Under-staffed? Under-funded? How do you get what you need for your Facility Management Program?

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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 […]

Join us in Oklahoma City for IFMA’s FMP & CFM classes starting this June!

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Want to Expand Your Knowledge and Grow Your Career?  Earn one of the most sought-after credentials in the facility industry – IFMA’s FMP and CFM…  Did you know? 79% of organizations prefer or require an IFMA credential when hiring, promoting, or making salary decisions about FM professionals 74% of employers feel that the overall reputation […]

Continuing Education for BOC Level I & II? Check out “OGT”

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Calling all Building Operators & Engineers…  FM360 is excited to partner with IBOA, the Intermountain Building Operators Association, to provide monthly On-Going Training “OGT”. OGT is monthly, hour-long, educational webinars that will further advance the knowledge and capabilities of building engineers and operators to return value to their employers. OGT counts toward the necessary continuing […]

Are FMs prepared for the things that go bump in the night?

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An Emergency Response Management (ERM) Program is one of the most frequent deficiencies found in facility management.  Many have a company business continuity or disaster recovery plan, but most facility organizations do not have an ERM program in place that supports the organization’s plans. For example, do you know, according to your organization’s business continuity […]

Are facility management credentials worth it?

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Are you trying to enter or grow your career in the facility industry?  Do you want to gain more respect as a “facility professional”?  Looking to make more money?  Are you just trying to shake the stigma of “glorified janitor”?  If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then you will want to read […]

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 […]

Selling Your Business Case – Closing the Deal…

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As we discussed in FM360’s previous article, The In-Your-Face Business Case , it is one thing to assemble your business case; it is another to sell it… Selling your business case (or any other proposal to management) starts long before you enter the meeting room to present your case.  “Selling” is an on-going, active effort […]

The In-Your-Face Business Case

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After multiple postponements and reschedules, you are finally in front of upper management to present your business case upon which you have spent many hours to make it as bullet-proof as possible.  It’s your turn, you’re on.  You pass the packets around the table, thank them for their time, and start walking them through your […]

More Than Glorified Janitors – Selling the Value of the Facility Team

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Please do not take offense by the title of this article; I am not saying anything negative about janitors.  In fact, my intent is for us, as facility professionals, to realize the value of every team member in the facility department – from custodial and landscaping to journeymen and management – and market that value […]