Category: Design and Construction

Report: U.S. Public School Facilities Face ‘Staggering’ Annual Funding Gap

The United States faces a projected shortfall of a staggering $85 billion in public school facility funding every year, according to a recent report. The report, 2021 State of Our Schools Report: America’s PK-12 Public School Facilities, was released by the 21st Century School Fund, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), and the National Council on School Facilities. In addition […]

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The Need for Speed: Paper Towels vs. Air Dryers in Restrooms

Two-thirds of consumers believe that drying their hands with 100% recycled fiber paper towels is more efficient and more effective than drying their hands with a jet air dryer with a HEPA filter, according to a new report from GP PRO. GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific, recently conducted a survey of 500 consumers. Specifically, […]

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How Facility Management Impacts Employee Productivity Levels

The environment in which we live and work significantly affects our health, safety, and general well-being. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that factors relating to the work environment can have notable impacts on employees, including their productivity levels.

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Managing Facilities That Manage Our Health

Ask most professionals in the health care field, and they’ll tell you it can feel like working on a different planet. This goes for health care facilities management, too. The unique features and operations of a health care facility require specialized knowledge beyond that which general facility management degree programs typically offer students, and deficiencies […]

USDA Awards $185M in Rural Community Facilities Funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is investing $185 million to equip, rebuild, and modernize facilities and essential services in rural areas of 32 states. According to the federal agency, the investments will benefit 3 million rural residents. “The Biden-Harris Administration has made investing in infrastructure improvements a priority,” says USDA Deputy Under […]

At a Crossroads: Commercial Tenants Chime in on Post-COVID Plans

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, Yardi, and Brightline Strategies have released findings from the second in a series of nationwide commercial real estate COVID-19 impact studies. Capturing the latest U.S. tenant sentiments as COVID-19 cases decline and vaccinations accelerate, the Q2 2021 BOMA International COVID-19 Commercial Real Estate Impact Study reveals that optimism around […]

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5 Ways to Ensure a Successful Office Move

Although relocating can be an exciting time for you and your company, it’s often also a time of stress. As a business leader, you have a lot to consider to make your transition into a new space as seamless and beneficial to your team as possible.

How Climate Change Is Affecting Construction Jobs

The cost of the effects of climate change is steadily increasing, putting a strain on the buildings and infrastructure around us. Sustainability efforts are being enacted every day to help these effects, with one added bonus: They are generating job growth and positively affecting the economy while helping to battle the effects of climate change.

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Why Your Next Upgrade Should Be a Green Roof

Green roof, living roof, or vegetated roof—whatever you call it, this feature is quickly becoming recognized as a critical component of a green building. If your building doesn’t currently have a green roof, don’t worry—a green roof can be installed on many existing buildings.

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Top 5 Things Making You Sick in the Workplace

While many workplaces have a come a long way in happier, healthier, more human designs, WELL is a newer performance-based system gaining popularity for taking the guesswork out of healthier spaces and uncovering common design pitfalls that may be disrupting sleep, slashing productivity, stunting cognitive functioning, and leaving employees isolated. While WELL provides a robust […]