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Design strategies to promote wellness in urban hotel environments

Hotel Executive The layout and organization of spaces, outdoor access, visual appeal, and lighting all have a tremendous influence on people’s mood and frame of mind. The emotional fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened our focus on mental health and well-being as designers.  READ MORE

Healthy buildings: The role of predictive maintenance

IFMA’s FMJ Magazine IoT allows FMs to identify problems sooner and resolve them more efficiently. While data can provide much-needed analytics and guide operations, predictive maintenance remains the key to healthy buildings.  READ MORE

US hoteliers gradually make headway against labor shortage

Hotel News Now via CoStar The pain of labor shortages is starting to ease somewhat from the summer months, but hoteliers still face staffing shortfalls, concentrated largely in the housekeeping and culinary departments. Hoteliers are benefiting from a loosening labor market as perks such as higher salaries, retention bonuses, finder’s fees for new workers, more [...]

Proposed changes could double budget rate increase for affordable senior housing providers

McKnights Senior Living A proposed change in how operating costs are calculated for affordable housing communities is projected to double the annual budget rate increase for those providers in 2023. Reacting to “historically high” inflation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development published a notice in the Federal Register proposing changes to the calculation of [...]

Smoke sensors help reinforce policies at hotel

Facilities Net Hyatt Place Miami Airport’s management struggled to identify unauthorized smoking and enforce the hotel’s no-smoking policies when guests complained of nearby smoking. The hotel’s General Manager, Craig Haas, tapped FreshAir Sensor as a solution to these challenges. FreshAir’s immediate detection and smoking alerts have resulted in enhanced no-smoking enforcement processes, reduced smoking violations, [...]

Supporting maintenance beyond work orders

Facilites Net No one said maintenance would be easy. Day in and day out, maintenance and engineering managers and their staffs face complex challenges that range from supply-chain problems and tight budgets to growing workloads created by aging facilities and mounting pressure to adapt to and embrace new technology.  READ MORE

‘Symptom of a larger issue’: Senior living operators grapple with quiet quitting

Senior Housing News The term “quiet quitting” might not mean the same thing in senior living as it does in the corporate world, but that doesn’t mean that some operators aren’t devoting time and resources preparing for it. Quiet quitting, which first became popular through the video-sharing social media platform TikTok, refers to the practice [...]

Hotel labor shortage ‘most significant challenge,’ says Marriott CEO

TravelPulse A shortage of workers is the most significant challenge being faced by the hotel industry, according to Anthony Capuano, CEO of Marriott International, speaking at the annual Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series in Hospitality Management, hosted by NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality. Tisch himself, CEO of Loews [...]

On-site engineering teams help drive efficiencies and occupant satisfaction

ABM As we have collectively entered a new era in the industry, facility managers are asked to do more and will see better results on business, tenant and sustainability fronts by developing an engineering strategy that combines standardized operating procedures with a strategic multi-year roadmap.  READ MORE

Top 6 signs of rodent infestations in facilities

CleanLink Fall has arrived, and temperatures across the country are beginning to dip leaving commercial facilities at risk for increased rodent pressure. The National Pest Management Association is warning commercial facilities to be extremely vigilant in their rodent prevention efforts by looking for signs of rodent infestations that can be costly for their business.  READ MORE

At The Intersection of Facilities & Security Doubling Down on Facility Safety and Risk Mitigation

ARC Facilities When discussions about facilities safety and security arise, the good news is that both FM and security teams can and should work closely together. Healthcare Security Professional Martin Green nailed it when he said, “We lock the doors. They fix the doors. We’re the eyes and ears for each other. We’re interdependent.”  READ MORE

Sacramento, California, faces an alarming shortage of senior affordable housing. Some new units are on the way

CAP Radio Violeta McCloskey was homeless before she moved into her apartment at a senior affordable housing community near Tahoe Park, California, in 2011. She had lost her home to foreclosure and was living in her SUV. To get by, she treated her asthma and brushed her teeth each morning at a nearby bingo hall [...]

RUI President: We’re building more scale after doubling in size, taking first management agreement

Senior Housing News It’s been a big couple of years for senior living operator Retirement Unlimited (RUI). The Roanoke, Virginia-based operator at the start of the year announced it had doubled in size following taking management of seven Florida communities. Sullivan and RUI also this year pivoted from a growth strategy based solely on new [...]

Feds make $175 million available for affordable senior housing

McKnight’s Senior Living Up to $174.6 million in federal grant funding was announced Wednesday to support the development of new rental affordable senior housing. In a notice posted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development under its Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program, HUD said the funding will support new affordable [...]

Turning the tide: Navigating the great retirement

IFMA’s FMJ Magazine Nearly half of the FM workforce is projected to retire in the next few years. When experience and institutional knowledge leave the organization, where does that leave the rest of the FM team?  READ MORE

7 Ways Data Can Drive Better Facilities Management Decisions

TWinFM Whether it’s using a smart meter to track energy usage at home or scrutinizing reviews to decide on a restaurant — decisions in day-to-day life are becoming increasingly more data-driven. In parallel, the use of data for decision-making in facility management is also growing…  READ MORE

Why the refrigerant matters for green — HVAC and much more

Facility Executive Historically, not many facility managers had regular conversations about the refrigerant utilized within their HVACR systems. Refrigerants were considered a “package deal” with the equipment — which was typically chosen based on recommendations from their HVACR provider. Refrigerants lived in the “out of sight, out of mind” category for decades.  READ MORE

Does your coating match your roof type?

FacilitiesNet Roofs and roof coatings provide critical layers of protection for institutional and commercial facilities, so selecting the most appropriate type of coating for a particular roof is a critical decision. But it is only the first step. Maintenance and engineering managers need to consider the entire life cycle of roofs to ensure the selected [...]

Facility cleaning with drones

Cleaning & Maintenance Management As recently reported by KATC news in Lafayette, Louisiana, the top of the hometown sports arena and convention center — appropriately named the Cajundome — was getting covered in dirty grime, and something had to be done about it. How do you clean a dome that’s 165-feet high? In the last [...]

Expense pressures overtake workforce issues as top challenge for operators: NIC

McKnight’s Senior Living Increasing operating expenses are overtaking staffing issues as the biggest challenge facing senior living and care organizations, according to the results of a new survey by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care, released Thursday. Although workforce issues remain a challenge for operators — especially recruiting (80%) and turnover (80%) [...]