Getting There … For You

Dec. 22, 2004
The creative staff at Buildings is on a mission:Buildings provides senior- and middle-level building ownership and facilities management professionals with practical information on the best practices and critical issues relevant to the design, construction, modernization, management, and operation of commercial and institutional buildings. Via in-print, online, and in person opportunities, Buildings strives to keep these professionals abreast of changing trends in their profession and accelerating technology in the buildings industry. The editorial staff is committed to being their No. 1 information resource by focusing on quality, unbiased content.”Pinpointing relevant industry issues – and presenting them as concisely, yet helpful as possible – is no small feat. With the assistance of the resources of modern-day technology and information exchange, we rely upon you – the Buildings reader – to guide us in our selections and directions each day through in person, phone, electronic, and written communication. We also draw on the extensive (and continual) research we gather and analyze, which combines specific topical questions with your unaided response and anecdotal information. These have helped us create a critical issues list (which is outlined in the "Critical Issues" article in this issue), an essential resource that enables us to develop the content, presentation, and media products that serve you best. Additionally, it acts as a system of checks and balances to guarantee we provide you with the market match that best suits your needs.As editorial director at Buildings, I’m extremely fortunate to share this responsibility with the other members of a committed creative staff – all of whom bring several years of experience working within this industry: Jana J. Madsen, managing editor; Regina Raiford Babcock, senior editor; Leah B. Garris, associate editor; Robin Suttell, contributing editor; Elisa A. Geneser, art director; and Scott Easton, senior designer. They are exceptional professionals who take their roles and our mission statement seriously, bringing their talent and integrity every day to the planning, creation, and implementation of Buildings – in print, online, and in person.We’ve broadened this exchange to encompass our newly created Buildings Advisory Board of facilities professionals, who have agreed to partner with us to provide content guidance from a “real world” perspective. This and every month, be sure to turn to the masthead opposite this column to review the growing list of individuals whose industry expertise is only surpassed by their enthusiasm and influence.Additionally, your input and feedback are essential. Share your ideas and experiences via e-mail or by calling our offices. As solutions providers, we want to be your partner, too. Our commitment – and your involvement – is a powerful combination. Help us help you.

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