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Integrating Technology into Existing Senior Living Facilities

FACILITIES NET By Alexis Denton and Alexis Burck Sustainability features and new technology — like advanced monitors and better lighting technology — should be considered when renovating or upgrading existing facilities. Existing senior living communities, more than two-thirds of which were built before 2000, are competing with new buildings better suited to what the market wants. [...]

A Look At Propane For HVAC Systems

FACILITY EXECUTIVE by By Bryan Cordill   Saving energy, money, natural resources, and reducing their impact on climate change are at the top of the list for many facility management leaders. This focus is driven, in part, by the fact that commercial buildings consume a significant portion of the world’s total energy supply. In fact, the [...]

What Happens to Building Knowledge When Facility Managers Leave?

BUILDINGS Smarter Facility Management 10/02/20 COVID-19 has been tough on facilities teams. The global pandemic has called for extra sanitation measures, increased ventilation and keeping building occupants apart as much as possible. That’s on top of the usual constant stream of tasks that facilities managers deal with. To complicate matters even further, many companies have [...]

Senior care and comfort extends into maintenance

McKnights Longterm Care News by Josh Malbogat, Senior Living Director at TheWorxHub by Dude Solutions We are in the midst of a senior living housing boom and maintenance has a big role in the success and growth of these communities. One of the most critical aspects as these residences flourish is the care and safety of [...]

5 Important Tasks for Reopening Buildings During COVID-19

BUILDINGS Magazine By JANELLE PENNY Buildings that closed during the COVID-19 pandemic are now facing a long to-do list. Shuttering facilities for weeks creates all sorts of consequences—some predictable, like the need to screen visitors for COVID-19 symptoms, and some you may not have anticipated, like potential issues with your water. Make sure these five things are in [...]

Exclusion: Your Best Option for a Pest-Free Winter

FACILITY MANAGEMENT.COM Alex Blahnik, ACE, is a field training manager at Wil-Kil Pest Control As 2020 continues to sizzle, a retreat to a cool weather resort sounds like a great idea. But before you burn a vacation day to leave the heat behind, be sure to prepare for the fall invasion. We’re not talking about another [...]

Code Considerations for Inspecting, Testing, and Maintaining Fire Alarm Systems

Facility Maintenance Decisions By Rock Meng   FIRE SAFETY/PROTECTION Fire alarm systems play an important role in the ability of institutional and commercial facilities to provide early warning to and safely evacuate occupants during a fire emergency. The fire alarm system must operate and function properly, but it is difficult to tell if a system is fully [...]

AHLA: Guests want safer hotels

HOTEL MANAGEMENT by Jena Tesse Fox | Aug 26, 2020 9:47am According to a new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, a number of improvements to health and sanitation protocols at U.S. hotels would have considerable impact on guests’ comfort levels while staying there. A new survey from the American Hotel & [...]

Hotel Maintenance Management: Why You Need It

UPKEEP Learning Center - Hotel maintenance is the upkeep of the various systems and components used in the hospitality industry. These systems include general building operations such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing,..Various organizations are dedicated to advancing professions in hotel maintenance, including AHLEI and NAHLE. Certified Chief Engineer training: training is offered by the National Association of Hotel & [...]

DOE Releases Draft Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap and Requests Stakeholder Input

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the Draft Roadmap. Announced in January 2020 by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) is a comprehensive program to accelerate the [...]


Chip Rogers AHLA President & CEO The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) recently launched Safe Stay – a commitment to enhanced cleaning measures and safety guidelines that help us meet and exceed the concerns created during the pandemic…Read More

Hotel Program for New Yorkers Working in Hospitals & Other Care Settings The City of New York’s COVID-19 Hotel Program provides free hotel stays to eligible New Yorkers who cannot isolate where they live and wish to reduce the risk of transmission at home. This will help New York City stop the spread of COVID-19…Read More

Australia’s Victoria state to require testing for returning travelers as cases grow - Australia’s Victoria state will mandate coronavirus testing for returning travelers amid an uptick in cases, some of unknown origin. Staff working at hotels where people returning from travel complete mandatory isolation periods are among those who have recently tested positive for the virus. This weekend, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the outbreak among hotel workers could [...]

Considerations for Hotel Owners and Managers: How to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Unoccupied Floors – Low occupancy decreases water flow, which can decrease disinfectant levels and increase the risk of Legionella growth. The problems that lead to Legionnaires’ disease are preventable through water management programs. A water management program is a multi-step, continuous process designed to Identify areas in a building where Legionella could grow and spread, reduce [...]

Tips to help hospitality overcome the difficulties that coronavirus brings

Hospitality Net By Bogdan Romashko, Chief Marketing Officer Use this time for hotel maintenance and renovation - Coronavirus outbreak doesn’t mean hoteliers are closing doors and are just waiting for this period to end. It’s a perfect time to catch up and improve. Whether it is a spontaneous renovation or completing your Property Improvement Plan, there’s no [...]

COVID-19: Addressing the Risks of Nontraditional Hotel Use

MARSH The COVID-19 pandemic has led to severe disruptions of the global economy and many industries, including hospitality. The pandemic has forced hotel owners and operators to take drastic response measures, including furloughing and terminating employees. In many cases, hotel properties have been closed while governments and health officials focus on social distancing to slow [...]

Return-to-work guide aims to assist employers

Hotel Management by Elaine Simon | Apr 27, 2020 As cities and states contemplate lifting portions of stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders related to COVID-19, many employers are beginning to make preparations for restarting normal work operations. In response, Ogletree Deakins, labor and employment law firm, has launched the Return to Work Guide, which offers more than 100 [...]

Companies help laid-off employees in variety of ways

Hotel News Now By  Dana Miller Though much of the industry is suffering from layoffs, companies are trying to provide financial and emotional support as well as food to employees in need. Here’s what two management companies and one California hotel are doing…HR REPORT FROM THE U.S.—With furloughs and layoffs rippling through the industry [...]

Interim Guidance for Hotels Providing Lodging for Healthcare Professionals and Other Persons Potentially Exposed to COVID-19*

Richmond, Ky., April 3, 2020 - Association For Linen Management – Management and Laundering of Textiles Used by Persons Exposed to COVID-19 Hotel management, specifically the housekeeping supervisor, should take steps to protect housekeeping employees who will be collecting the textiles used by people potentially exposed to COVID-19. The housekeeping staff should receive training on proper [...]

Marriott Will Get Past the Coronavirus – The international hotel chain structures its business so it’s resilient, which will help it through tough economic times.

The Motley Fool – Lawrence Rothman, CFA Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) has taken it on the chin over the last month, with shares down some 40% in that time. That’s not surprising, with the novel coronavirus pandemic leading to warnings about large group gatherings and many individuals and companies halting travel. The Centers for Disease Control [...]