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Asset / Facility Management

Environmental Considerations for Planning A New Operation

Cindy Madrick, Vice President, Business Development, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc. (Q4 2016)

Once a business has narrowed down its location choices, it must implement an environmental and safety strategy to address all stages of planning and compliance. More

For Optimized Building Design, Consider the Key Priorities

Al Fullerton, Trane (Q4 2016)

When evaluating efficiency, it’s important to look beyond a single piece of equipment, as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. More

Three Steps for Disaster Planning Toward a Smooth Recovery

Jay Shelton, Senior Vice President, Risk Management Services, Assurance (Q4 2016)

Whether you manage or own one building or 500, a proactive recovery plan can significantly limit business disruption and restore critical services as soon after a disaster as possible. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are some best practices that can guide you in your planning... More

A “Clean” Phase I Environmental Assessment of Industrial Sites Is Just the Start

Chris Biddle, Beazley Group (Q4 2016)

Environmental Site Assessments typically used to certify that a site is free of contamination from previous uses may leave companies vulnerable to unexpected additional costs for environmental remediation. Additional investigation and protection is merited at industrial sites. More

A Business-Driven Approach to Utility Infrastructure

Jim Lewis, Electrical Controls Department Manager and Principal , SSOE (Q4 2016)

Whether a utility project is driven by production capacity, energy efficiency, regulatory requirements, or environmental sustainability, its ultimate objective is to add value to the business. More

Adaptive Reuse and Infill Projects Change the Urban Landscape

Michael McCormick, President & CEO, McCormick Construction (Q3 2016)

Although there are some challenges to adaptive reuse and infill projects, they can help to develop creative office space in historic, vibrant metro areas, while boosting ROI and environmental sustainability, and catering to the local community and talent pool. More

Healthy Workspaces Boost Employee Morale and Productivity

Janine Grossmann, Practice Leader, Interiors, Perkins+Will (Q3 2016)

While most employees would agree that their environment has an impact on their health — and evidence-based research supports this — how many have considered whether the workplace promotes a healthy lifestyle and helps them achieve their wellness goals? More

In Focus: To Address Energy Goals, Remember the Building Envelope

Darlene Pope, Senior Vice President, JLL Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q3 2016)

A preventative approach from the outside in draws on roofs, walls, and windows to save energy. More

In Focus: Interior Wall Protection Upgrades Help Meet Facility Management Benchmarks

David Bronovicki, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Construction Specialties (Q3 2016)

An upgrade in interior wall protection is more than just a facelift; it can reinforce branding as well as reduce long-term maintenance and repair costs. More

In Focus: A Changing Technology Landscape for the Construction Industry

Jim Dempsey, Enterprise Business Development Manager, Panasonic  (Q3 2016)

Durable, environmentally resilient, and powerful mobility tools are needed by construction workers to keep a project on schedule and ultimately enhance a company’s bottom line. More

Know Your Options When Leasing Office Space

Troy Golden, President, Golden Group Real Estate (Q2 2016)

The extension, lease termination, and right-of-first-refusal options are powerful tools for tenants of office space. More

In Focus: Unintended Consequences of the Open-Office Model

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Commercial Real Estate (Q2 2016)

KC Conway, senior vice president for credit risk management, is responsible for market intelligence at SunTrust Commercial Real Estate and oversees real estate valuation for SunTrust Bank. Conway is a nationally recognized speaker on a wide range of commercial real estate topics, from appraisals and bank regulation to ports and securitization. More

Frontline: Sale-Leasebacks Allow Companies to Redeploy Capital

Dan Emerson (Q2 2016)

When companies decide to invest in new, custom-built manufacturing or distribution center facilities, they typically do so because of a lack of existing buildings that would meet their needs. But investing in a new facility doesn’t always mean long-term ownership. Sometimes companies opt to sell the facility and then lease it back. More

Optimizing Integrated Design / Construction Project Delivery

Matt Wagner, Structural Engineering Manager, Ghafari Associates (Q1 2016)

IPD requires considerable time and effort on the facility owner’s side, but this front-end planning will help in avoiding costly delays once construction gets under way. More

Frontline: Implementing the New Ozone Standard - First Steps

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2016)

Many urban industrial facility managers are familiar with working in nonattainment areas. But a new lower standard will sweep in new territory. More

Planning For Plant Expansion: A “How-To” on Electrical Substations

John Wharton, Senior Vice President, Gresham, Smith and Partners (Directory 2016)

Expanding an electrical substation can present challenges, but careful planning, collaboration with the utility, and choosing the right equipment will ensure a successful outcome. More

Corporate Real Estate's Battle for Tech Talent

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2016)

Powerful data and analytics platforms offer powerful opportunities to mine business intelligence from corporate real estate (CRE) data. Yet, to make it all work, you've got to have the tech talent to build, populate and optimize those platforms. With the lure of smarter CRE portfolio management, better energy efficiency, and more productive employees, CRE leaders are actively recruiting data scientists who can fire up data-informed decision-making. More

Adopting BIM for Facility Management: Handle With Care

Erik Jaspers, Product Strategy & Innovation, Planon (Directory 2016)

BIM can deliver tangible value and enable efficiencies for facility managers, but it’s a process that should be well planned and prioritized, with an eye for the challenges that lie ahead. More

ADA 25 Years Later: It’s All About Education for Industrial Facility Owners

Tom Walsh, Senior Principal, Stantec and Jerry Serbonich, Project Manager, Stantec (Q4 2015)

A lot has changed since the act was passed in 1990, with building owners and designers becoming more educated and understanding the spirit of the law. More

In Focus: Funding Solar Projects for Commercial Facilities

Megan Birney, Director of Strategic Affairs, Wiser Capital LLC (Q4 2015)

Although companies can reap huge savings from installing solar energy, they may need to employ some creative strategies in order to secure project financing and must also consider the real estate available for such an installation. More

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