Here’s why you should start working outside

Facilities managers are given every new idea to help stop the spread of infection in commercial buildings, installing new fixtures, testing social distance solutions, filling the air around themselves with disinfectants, etc. At every turn, COVID-19 has transformed the role of facilities personnel. Don’t get me wrong, it is absolutely necessary to take precautions and […]

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Keep pests out of your empty school building this fall

So many schools across the U.S. have made the move to a fully virtual curriculum for the fall semester, leaving school buildings largely unoccupied for additional months after the summer break. The extended break in foot traffic through schools presents pests, such as rats, with the opportunity to get into the building undetected. Facilities managers […]

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3 ways to combat Legionella in dormant water systems

Buildings across the U.S. that have remained closed due to COVID-19 related concerns are urged by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to consider the potential risk of legionella bacteria developing in stagnant water in plumbing systems—the bacteria was even found in the CDC’s own water systems, prompting several of its Atlanta buildings […]

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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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5 items you need for your next big cleanup

Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and the unfortunate reality of crime all share something in common: they leave you with the pieces to clean up afterwards. Disasters aside, the benefits of a large cleanup may surprise you. You could find parts you didn’t realize you had in your facility, saving you from having to spend funds on […]

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Protecting commercial buildings from pests

High-traffic areas in commercial buildings are known to be prone to foul odors, dirty floors, and standing water. These spaces need extra attention to maintain cleanliness, or they will likely leave a negative impression. Pay attention to the “hot spot” areas of your facility’s restrooms to ensure they are free from rodents, cockroaches, and flies […]

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How to prepare your building for reopening

Buildings will begin reopening after a long period of vacancy. Some parts of the country are actually beginning to reopen already, and that means your building will return to its full occupancy. Even in my own workplace, I have passed through rooms filled with cubicles and only one or two people sat in any of […]

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Three everyday heroes shine through COVID-19

In the past few weeks, our communities have watched household necessities flutter off store shelves, schools send children home for undetermined amounts of time, and countless events and businesses shut down to avoid crowded situations that could promote the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus. As a great number of steps are being taken to […]

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