Realizing the Value of Facilities

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Are facility management credentials worth it?

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 […]

Fundamentals of FM Webinar

Start 2015 with you and your facility team on the same page…  FM360 Online is providing a great training opportunity for the whole team that will provide a baseline understanding of what it takes to develop and manage a robust facility management program. This 45-minute webinar will cover the following and help you to level […]

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

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 […]

The 411 on TeleWorking (Part 2) – How…

My first exposure to an organization fully embracing remote working options was Sun Microsystems in 2001.  Sun Microsystems had just completed a study that revealed on any given business day 25% of their staff was out of the office sick, traveling, or on vacation.  That meant that 25% of their real estate, in the expensive […]

The 411 on TeleWorking (Part 1) – Why…

While teleworking may not be an option for many facility professionals, it is a growing trend that has significant impact on the assets they operate & manage.  For example, in 2007 Sun Microsystems reported annual savings of $68 million in real estate costs, $3 million in reduced power consumption, and $25 million in IT expenditures […]

TeleWorking Survey

TeleWorking has been a recent point of discussion in the facility industry over the past months.  As such, FacilityU is hosting this survey as part of our research in preparation for an upcoming article(s).  If you have implemented, managed, and/or participated in TeleWorking, we encourage you to complete the below survey. If you wish to […]

“Facilitopia” – A Brighter Vision for the Facility Industry

In speaking at the IBOA/Northern Rockies Chapter of IFMA’s 2nd Annual Facility Professionals Convention in Boise, Idaho this June, I shared my vision for the facility industry – I called it “Facilitopia”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not looking for facilities to be the new glamour career.  The only fame we might get […]