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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 [...]

SAFE STAY – AHLA’s ENHANCED INDUSTRY-WIDE HOTEL CLEANING GUIDELINES in response to COVID-19.

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

www1.nyc.gov 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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/ - 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 [...]

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 [...]

CDC – The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION…READ MORE Resources for Businesses and Employers Plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employer Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations…READ MORE  

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA  3990-03 2020 Describes basic steps that every employer can take to reduce the risk of worker exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in their workplace. Develop an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan Prepare to Implement Basic Infection Prevention Measures. For most employers, [...]

Marriott is beginning to furlough employees

New York (CNN Business) By Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, has started furloughing employees. Tens of thousands of workers could be affected by the furloughs as demand dries up for travel because of the growing coronavirus pandemic. All levels of Marriott employees could be furloughed, from housekeepers to general managers. There won’t be [...]

Marriott International Statement on Cleaning Protocols

Marriott News Center:  We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and are taking steps to ensure the safety of our guests and associates. The Company has been closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization statements regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). On a daily basis, our hotels around [...]

Live updates: As U.S. coronavirus cases top 1,000, mixed signs of recovery in China, South Korea

The Washington Post – By Adam Taylor and Teo Armu As the number of novel coronavirus cases topped 1,000 in the United States amid widening public disruption, Asian nations were struggling to recover from their own outbreaks Wednesday. In the United States, government officials and business announced sweeping steps to contain the rapidly expanding outbreak. Five more deaths [...]