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 […]
Category: Maintenance and Operations
As buildings become more complex, facility managers will need to leverage the best techniques available to handle the various challenges of keeping their facilities functional, safe, and liveable. But first, they’ll need to identify the unique issues in each property, then determine the most efficient ways to track and tackle them.
As the country enters the 2021-2022 school year amid a lingering pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has highlighted key strategies for improving ventilation in schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs), such as colleges and universities, to help prevent COVID-19 and maintain a safe environment for in-person learning.
It seems as if we have been here before. But for some reason, this time it’s different—it is worse. So much so that it looks and feels as if we are headed for a real game-changer. I am referring to the drought now in California and many parts of the western United States. This year’s […]
If you’re a college or university trying to attract parents of prospective students, post-pandemic, you’ll likely want to up your game when it comes to perceived campus cleanliness and indoor air quality (IAQ). That’s according to a new survey by JLL, a professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Conducted in […]
In the year since the mass COVID-19 shutdowns of 2020, facilities spending across trades—notably on HVAC, janitorial, and plumbing—has rebounded to surpass the pre-pandemic rates of 2019 by 5%, according to a new report. New data released from ServiceChannel, an online platform for the procurement and delivery of distributed services, examines facility spend and service cost […]
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.
Goodway Technologies, a Connecticut-based provider of industrial HVAC maintenance solutions, is reminding facility managers how critical the cleaning and maintenance of an HVAC system is to indoor air quality (IAQ). While many facility managers have long understood the importance of IAQ, the pandemic has brought an increased emphasis on the need to keep employees and […]
Last year was an exceedingly difficult time for many administrators who were focused on keeping their facilities healthy. It was also a difficult period for the professional cleaning industry, specifically the people performing cleaning tasks. Why it was such a difficult year was because so much about the pandemic was unknown.
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 […]