Emergency Preparedness – A Plan for Failure…

While much of our corporate focus is on catastrophic events that grab headlines, such as active shooters and major storms, not much attention is given to the incidents that affect facilities on a routine basis.  Not to minimize the tragedies that result from such events, as we should all remain vigilant in preparation and prevention, […]

FAQs of CMMS

As discussed in the November/December 2017 issue, Make It Click, FM technology has grown by leaps and bounds the past few decades.  Maintenance management systems, such as Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and Integrated Work Management System (IWMS), are no exception.  However, when it comes to these applications, many facility professionals are unsure whether or […]

Getting an A-Grade at the C-Level

The most prominent struggle for facility organizations is soliciting the resources needed to advance the FM program and to improve aging buildings.  To assist with this endeavor, FM360 created the pneumonic “C-SUITE” to help facility managers sell their value and to earn an A-Grade at the C-Level. C – Collect Data The first step in […]

Make It Click – It’s Time to Catch Up with Technology

As found in the November/December 2017 issue of IFMA’s Facility Management Journal (FMJ). The facility management industry has grown by leaps and bounds the past few decades; the most significant being the advance of technology in the built environment.  One’s inner geek cannot help but get excited when considering the capabilities available at our fingertips […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]