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Top Priorities For Facilities Managers

Being a facilities manager (FM) is one of the most difficult jobs in any company. The reason for this is that the job is particularly wide-ranging, and encompasses everything from asset management and pest control to safety and security. Fortunately, FMs specialize in prioritizing, with the emphasis on energy management, health and safety, maintenance, new technologies, interiors and workspaces, and security.

Maintenance

There are different types of maintenance of which a FM should be aware, but the two that are most likely to take up his or her time are predictive (or planned) maintenance and reactive maintenance. Most FMs try to spend more time on predictive maintenance, although the reactive type sometimes unexpectedly diverts their resources. Predictive maintenance entails scheduling tasks, including repainting, roofing, paving walkways and other structural work, while reactive refers to taking immediate action because, for instance, a car damages a wall, requiring emergency maintenance. Ideally, FMs aim to deal only with predictive maintenance, but because some disasters can’t be predicted, they should also have a budget and a plan for reactive maintenance. Sela is always here to help you with planned and unplanned maintenance.

 

Energy Management

The world is becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, and this attitude directly affects most companies’ sustainability policies. If a firm doesn’t have a dedicated sustainability manager, energy management often becomes the FM’s responsibility. The energy-sapping ‘culprits’ are usually obvious: lights left on at all times of the day and night, even if the building is unoccupied; air conditioning or heating set too high; computers and other office equipment absorbing power, even when they’re not needed; or tap water being unnecessarily boiled.

 

Health and Safety

A company’s health and safety policies are usually the domain of the FM, unless the firm has a dedicated health and safety officer. Although many people deride health and safety regulations because they sometimes appear to be too stringent, there’s no doubt that when health and safety becomes an issue, a company’s FM department can find itself in deep trouble. FMs need to ensure they’re continually abreast of the latest health and safety legislation, and that they do everything possible to ensure building occupants and visitors adhere to the regulations.

 

New Technologies

Few employees embrace innovative new technologies as eagerly as FMs. The reason for this is that they, more than many of their colleagues, are acutely aware of the possibilities offered by technologies such as asset management programs, building management systems, and wireless monitoring products. There’s no doubt that in a fast-changing world, early adopters of innovative technologies have an immediate advantage over their competitors. But there’s also a more practical consideration behind many FMs’ interest in new technologies: products that can save energy, such as wireless utility monitoring, can have an immediate impact on the amount of money a FM can save his or her company.

 

Interiors and Workspaces

An often underestimated part of a FM’s job is his or her responsibility for the inside of the offices, including the décor and furniture. In some companies, the FM can play a direct role in the wellbeing of staff by ensuring the décor contributes to a more productive office environment. Acoustics is important, and can be installed on an ‘ABC system’ — the absorbing, blocking or covering of noise. It’s been discovered, for instance, that while normal ceiling tiles in a building absorb less than 30% of noise, other types of tiles can absorb as much as 95%. So-called ‘soft walls’ also absorb echoes. Space planning is another important part of effective workspaces, particularly if the FM is able to demarcate areas such as meeting rooms.

 

Security

A FM may be cognizant of all the aforementioned priorities, but if he or she overlooks building security, then all their efforts will be for nothing. Most FMs know they can’t afford to ignore security, even if the area in which the building is situated is regarded as safe from crime. One element of security is man-guarding — ensuring there are security personnel to monitor access into and out of the building. Fortunately, FMs today have plenty of technological assistance in the form of CCTV cameras and sophisticated access control barrier systems. CCTV cameras can operate independently of local power systems and produce far sharper images than they could in the past. There are additional benefits to CCTV, such as the ability to link back to automated fire-alarms, and as evidence-recorders when a company is forced to disprove false claims.

Mortenson Construction Named Minnesota's Largest General Contractor

A big congratulations to the team at Mortenson Construction on being named the top general contractor in the Twin Cities. Even if you aren’t in the business, you can see their great work every time you go to a Twins game at Target Field or visited the new Union Depot in Saint Paul.

Here is the top five in the field of General Contracting:

1. Mortenson Construction

2. Ryan & Co.s US

3. Ames Construction

4. Adolfson & Peterson Construction

5. Kraus-Anderson Construction

Green Roofing Trends for 2012

The folks over at GreenRoofs.com put together a great list of the top trends in green roofing for this year. We think our favorite highlight of the year is Chicago’s green initiatives!

So without further ado, here is the top ten trends!

The Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2012:

10) Client Specific “Boutique” Greenroofs
9) Green Museums: Art Living Inside & Out
8 ) Educational Facilities as Green Living Laboratories
7) Upward Spirals of Green
6) Hospitals Healing through Living Architecture
5) Gardens in the Clouds: Stacking & Stepping with Vegetation
4) Sky Farms on the (High)Rise
3) Singapore: A City within a Sky Garden
2) Green Elevated Walks: Bridges, Railways & Promenades
1) Chicago’s Trend-Setting Style: A “Miracle Mile High” City of Plants & Leadership

Read more here.

Union Restaurant Opens In Downtown Minneapolis

You know we love a great roof! Union, a new restaurant, opens in Minneapolis tonight with a RETRACTABLE roof! How excited are we to go and see it? I’m sure you can imagine.

If you get a chance and are in the area, stop by and check it out on 8th & Hennepin (the old Shinder’s site)!

From MSP Business Journal:

Union, the new restaurant by the parent company of Crave restaurants, officially opens today on the rooftop of the Hennepin Avenue building that formerly housed Shinders.

The Downtown Journal has a quick backgrounder on the restaurant, launched by Kaskaid Hospitality, while Mpls/St. Paul Magazine‘s Foodie File blog reports on the initial vibe: “v.cool.”

Solhem Cos. Start Construction On New North Loop Apartment Building

It was announced that the Star Tribune has completed their sale of a 3.4 acre parking lot in the North Looop of Minneapolis to the apartment developer Solhem Cos. The land was sold for $1.8 million and will house a new 137-unit apartment building, called the 815 2nd Street Apartments. Construction on the new building is beginning this week.

From The Business Journal:

The newspaper sold the parcel at 815 N. Second St. for $1.8 million to a partnership that includes Solhem Cos. and TE Miller Development Inc., according to a report from the Star Tribune.

The Business Journal broke news of the land sale and apartment development plan in August. At the time, a spokesman for the Star Tribune said this was excess land on parking lots that surround the company’s printing/production/distribution facility at 800 N. First St.