Best’s Best: No limits

The Suntrust Center in downtown Richmond, Va. blends into a skyline of high-rises that soar into the sky on the water’s edge. A towering structure like the Suntrust Center has “no limits” to what can be fixed, according to Building Engineer, Christopher Alston. While spending most days tending to different HVAC jobs in the building, […]

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Your vigorous disinfecting could be hurting occupant health

Returning to the new normal leaves many anxious occupants concerned with the potential for their own workplace making them sick. Well-intentioned cleaning crews, facilities managers, and occupants fill buildings with disinfectants to stop the spread of infection. While viruses are on the top of these individuals’ minds, it goes largely unrealized that filling commercial buildings […]

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What facilities managers can do to prevent crime

The impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. has created a struggling economy, which historically leads to rising crime. There is still much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and its impact on the economy as it has not yet fully ended. However, it has already brought massive disruption to many aspects of life including employment, housing, and […]

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Measuring green: Commercial buildings give back to the planet

We have heard “go green” for decades and now that the global pandemic has emphasized building health, that theme is beginning to resonate with more people. In fact, developers are now going even further with “deep green” buildings. The commercial buildings that take on this new approach will uphold higher environmental standards. If your building […]

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Could flushing a toilet spread COVID-19?

Another new behavior to stay on top of to prevent coronavirus transmission: closing the toilet lid when you flush. Scientists found that flushing a toilet can create a cloud of droplets containing coronavirus that will linger long enough to be inhaled. Aerosol droplets rise nearly three feet and can land on other surfaces in the […]

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Best’s Best: Norfolk Public Schools

Norfolk is one of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S., located at the core of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. The city is home to 34 elementary schools, eight middle schools, five high schools, and nine special-purpose and preschools. The many schools combined make up the Norfolk Public Schools system, where Ralph Johnson […]

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Returning to school this fall

In the face of a new pandemic, with more questions surrounding the situation than answers, schools around the U.S. switched to fully remote learning in the spring. Parents were challenged to manage their kids’ education while grappling with their own work and a new set of restrictions to adhere to. The situation shined a spotlight […]

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Is your building making you sick?

Air filtration systems may be doing a lot more for your building than you think. Air filters work by trapping and collecting particulates, biological materials, and gasses as air moves through a building’s HVAC system. Initially, air filtration systems were used in commercial buildings to protect HVAC units, reducing the need for facility cleaning. In […]

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