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The rapid maturation of the waste management industry has created a considerable opportunity for large enterprises and multi-site businesses to achieve significant bottom-line savings. In some cases, companies have even turned what was formerly a cost of doing business into a new revenue stream. Multi-site businesses have long been hamstrung by a waste management industry marked by geographic, service-level, and cost fragmentation. Many companies have left the responsibility of selecting and managing waste haulers to site managers. 


Today, the facility manager’s role goes well beyond maintenance. He or she must keep up with new codes and standards, learn emerging trends and technologies, and consider new ways to teach new recruits as boomers retire. Download the white paper, “How Facility Management Is Changing in 2016,” to learn more. 


Morton Buildings is the national leader in the post-frame construction industry. Partnering with Architects and Engineers across the country, Morton designBUILD specializes in constructing and managing complex, low-rise structures, whether commercial, residential, municipal, or for nearly any other application. Post-frame construction offers distinct advantages over other construction methods.


One of the primary objectives of an EMS is to reduce costs through improved operational and energy efficiency. To achieve that objective, you must invest the time and resources necessary to ensure your EMS is performing properly. This guide will share best practices and recommendations for the optimization of EMS performance and proven suggestions that extend its overall life and value to your organization. We will address the most common reasons for EMS system failure, and we will make recommendations for the resolution of these issues through a properly executed System Management Program.


There's the ideal proactive maintenance program, and there's reality most of us manage while we work toward it. Here are tips for optimizing your resources and starting a new program. 


In recent years, bicycle use has grown in communities across the country. This shift allows riding individuals to decrease their cost of living with lower automobile-related expenses, to spend less of their time dealing with the headaches of intense traffic, and to elevate their personal fitness. However, with the increased use of bikes also comes the need for greater safe cycling education, specialized bike lanes on roads, and community support and encouragement for a successful bicycle program. 


Whether they’re motivated by concern for their health, their bank accounts or the environment (or all three), many people – particularly college students and Millennials - are carrying reusable water bottles these days. There will always be demand for a quick, cool drink of water at a drinking fountain, but today consumers are also asking for an easy way to refill their portable water bottles. Water bottle filling stations, including those that retrofit onto existing drinking fountains, are a perfect solution. 


In 2010, Elkay® introduced the bottle filling station in response to consumer demand for drinking water and the growing concern regarding the environmental impact of bottled water. Now the company is introducing new features to the popular ezH2O® bottle filling stations that save facilities energy and maintenance time. 


Facility managers can benefit from understanding how to choose portable air conditioning or “spot cooling” for a wide range of applications, both temporary and permanent.  Sunbelt Rentals Climate Control Services, which now offers North America’s largest fleet of mobile cooling and heating equipment, provides guidelines on selecting the right portable air conditioner.


Connectrac® wireways are the best floor-based solution for bringing power, data and communications from the wall to all interior commercial applications. Connectrac offers the flexibility to meet the demands for new technology connectivity while maintaining the aesthetic and structural integrity of the building – all without the expense and inflexibility of core drilling, trenching or floor boxes. According to a recent RSMeans study, Connectrac saves facility directors and electrical engineers 50% or more compared to core drilling or trenching in both new construction and retrofits of older buildings.

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