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Mass vax: How 1 FM is tackling Covid-19 head on

FacilitiesNet For Richie Stever, director of operations and maintenance at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and Midtown campuses in Baltimore, working in facility management is second nature. Not only is Stever a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), but he is pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration at the University of Maryland University [...]

Hotel study suggests air purifiers help reduce exposure to airborne contaminants

Facility Executive The hotel industry was among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as travel rates increase, hotels are turning to science and technology to create environments that make guests feel safer. A recent computer modeling study from Honeywell examined indoor air quality in hotel common areas, focusing specifically on filtration and purification [...]

Four Reasons To Consider LED Lighting Retrofits

Facility Executive - By Fariyal Khanbabi The stark reduction in pollution and environmental emissions during the peak of the pandemic has made sustainability a top-of-mind concern for companies across every business sector. While many organizations had been theoretically moving toward greener operations for years, not all have actually had a sustainability strategy in place. But priorities [...]

Assisted living operators face potential fine increases, administrator licensure requirement

McKnight’s Senior Living Assisted living operators in Colorado may face increased fines and a requirement that all administrators be licensed if a state lawmaker has her way. Sen. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) told CBS4 that she hopes to introduce a bill in next year’s legislative session that will “hold assisted living facilities accountable” following allegations [...]

5 Luxury Senior Residences Designed to Stun

Architectural Digest -  Shivani Vora What fusty and depressing nursing homes? Senior living today is going the way of high design and hipness: A new cadre of upscale and stylish communities are more akin to sleek boutique hotels or luxury condominiums than the afterthought environments they were in the past. With all-inclusive monthly rates that start [...]

School of Hospitality Administration to launch senior living concentration for grad students

BU Today “I’d wanted to do seniors housing as a career since I was 14 or 15,” says Serena Lipton. Um, what? “We had to do volunteer hours when I was in high school, and I chose to start off volunteering at the place where my great-aunt was living, a Hebrew senior rehab,” says Lipton [...]

5 hidden security risks resulting from pandemic response

Facilities Net In 1966, at his University of Cape Town address, Robert Kennedy said, “Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty, but they are also the most creative.” In 2020, shifts in environmental factors rapidly created new broad security challenges. The year began with the coronavirus [...]

Spring To-Do’s for Facility Professionals

ARC Facilities Spring is a good season for facility managers. With weather improving, this is the time to get outside and ensure environments are safe and equipment is up to standard, guaranteeing a safe working environment for everyone in the organization, including schools which are continuing to ramp-up for kids returning to buildings.  READ MORE

As report cites older adult struggle to meet expenses, expert says HCBS proposal won’t help middle market

McKnight’s Senior Living Older adults are struggling to meet cost-of-living expenses in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, according to a new report from UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute. But federal, state and local entities can play an important role in removing barriers to a secure retirement, the authors say. The Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan, [...]

How AI can help improve mep design for efficiency, cost savings

FacilitiesNet The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) equipment installed in facilities, among the largest and most complex systems in any building, have a tremendous impact on energy use and how rapidly organizations meet carbon emissions goals. While many facility managers have prioritized low-hanging fruit to drive down systems’ energy use, there’s a much bigger opportunity [...]

Building defects and their impact on fire safety

Planning, BIM & Construction Today Increasingly stringent energy conservation targets have led, not unsurprisingly, to the greater use of foamed polymers for thermal insulation. It is no secret that these materials are combustible, and we’ve moved to a position where we don’t just have fires in buildings but buildings on fire — where the building [...]

Loews Hotels & Co receives WELL Health-Safety Rating

TravelPulse Loews Hotels & Co. announced that they are one of the first hospitality brands to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based third-party assessment for new and existing buildings; it reviews everything from operational policies and maintenance [...]

Choosing the right locking system for a hotel

Lodging Magazine Guests often consider a hotel’s amenities when choosing a place to stay. Hotel door locks are an overlooked amenity that have a big impact on the guest experience. Guests can misplace keys and cards, causing them to visit the front desk and get a new one, sometimes having to pay a fee for [...]

Marriott pilots contactless kiosks

Lodging Magazine Marriott International, Inc. today announced the debut of a pilot program for contactless arrival kiosks at several select-service hotels, as well as the launch of a proof-of-concept for contactless grab-and-go marketplaces at two Fairfield by Marriott hotels. Both concepts build on ongoing measures to boost traveler confidence while reinforcing the company’s Commitment to [...]

The new seniors on campus: SUNY purchase will be home to senior living facility in ‘win-win situation’

WCBS-TV Retirees will soon have the option of living on a college campus in New York. As CBS2′s Kevin Rincon explains, SUNY Purchase has more than 4,000 students enrolled in its classes. In the not-so-distant future, they’ll be joined by seniors – senior citizens, that is.  READ MORE

Good IAQ matters: Now and into a post-COVID future

Facilities Net Air quality sits at the intersection of sustainability, energy efficiency, health/wellness, productivity, climate change, and inequity. Even prior to 2020, this nexus of multi-level, overlapping issues centered on air quality drove a growing recognition of the need to conduct more research and spend more resources addressing air quality outdoors and indoors.  READ MORE 

OSHA program protects high-risk workers from coronavirus

Facility Executive In response to President Joseph Biden’s executive order on protecting worker health and safety, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a national emphasis program (NEP) focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus. The program [...]

Senior housing adaptive reuse opportunities materialize amid hotel distress

Senior Housing News Covid-19 has disrupted commercial real estate for the past year, but few asset classes have been hit as hard as the hospitality industry. From the early days of the pandemic, some senior living developers, investors and operators have said they anticipate opportunities to acquire and reposition hotel assets.  READ MORE

Energy efficiency: The impact of building regulations and energy management systems

Utilities Currently, just over half the world’s population lives in cities, but that is expected to rise to 68 percent by 2050. As a consequence, world energy demand is set to increase by more than 50 percent by 2050, according to predictions by the U.S. Energy Information Administration — resulting in even higher energy consumption.  READ [...]

How to apply the best healthcare design principles to hotel guestrooms

Hotel Executive We’ve all learned a lot more about what it means for something to be “clean” over the last several months. When we’re talking about spaces, there are three levels of environmental cleaning: clean, sanitize and disinfect. The first level is “clean.” Clean is best described as cleaning with soap and water to remove [...]