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By Maria Knapp May 24, 2017
Understanding ADA Terms

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 nearly 56.7 million people had a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design were enacted to ensure that both public and commercial buildings are accessible to people with disabilities. Design professionals and facilities managers need to be familiar both […]

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By Maria Knapp May 23, 2017
Tracking The Trends – Charter Schools Take The Lead

Parents in 2017 have several options available to them when it comes to the education of their children. Public schools, traditional and online; privately owned and funded academies; homeschooling; and finally charter and magnet schools, are the options of today. All of these schools are vying for parents’ attention and for available funding. Each have […]

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By Maria Knapp May 22, 2017
Just Say NO – To Germs!

When it comes to a career in the healthcare industry, fighting against germs is an everyday challenge. Even with the all of the quality control measures hospitals and clinics take on a daily basis, germs still present an ever-present risk to good health. We can’t address all the surfaces healthcare workers and clinicians come in […]

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By Maria Knapp May 19, 2017
Relevant Trends Driving School Design

The technological, virtual and physical landscape of the public school system has changed and advanced in many ways since the beginning of the new millennium. We have seen new products, and changes to the services and standards in the educational space evolve over the last 20 years. Add to that the way a student learns […]

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By Maria Knapp May 18, 2017
How to Get Rid of Bathroom Odor in Your Facility

Foul odors in the bathroom can make for an unpleasant experience. Unfortunately, due to moisture and humidity, these odors can end up sticking around for a long time. As a facility owner or manager, you’ll want to ensure that you take every step toward reducing those smells as much as possible. Here are a few […]

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By Maria Knapp May 18, 2017
Restroom Requirements for Commercial Buildings

Whether you’re the proud manager of a commercial facility, or you’re in the process of designing your building, there are a lot of legal requirements that you need to adhere to for the benefit of the facility’s occupants. More importantly, your facility’s restrooms need to meet certain standards involving architectural planning and health code standards. […]

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By Maria Knapp May 18, 2017
Teaching Children About Sustainability in School: Practice What You Preach

When you’re managing a sustainable educational facility, it’s important to impart your wisdom to the occupants and students that grace the halls and classrooms. Sustainability is one of the most important factors in today’s society, as it’s crucial to the overall well-being of our planet and its occupants. But in order to practice what you […]

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By Maria Knapp May 09, 2017
5 Types of Locker Materials Compared

Designing a facility and choosing the right materials is never an easy process. There are a lot of factors to be considered before ultimately deciding on the materials. This is especially important when it comes to choosing your facility’s lockers and storage compartments. Choosing the wrong material can be costly due to the poor quality […]

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By Maria Knapp April 26, 2017
Pathway To Privacy – A Brief History Of Bathroom Partitions

Most of us take bathroom convenience and privacy for granted but people haven’t always had the level of bathroom luxury that we enjoy today. In ancient Roman and Asian societies for example, bathing and toilet facilities were shared. For the poor and middle classes, these facilities left much to be desired. The wealthy enjoyed cleaner […]

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By Maria Knapp April 25, 2017
Are You Prepared for Flooding?

No one wants to think about a flood, but they are a very real part of the phenomenon that is nature. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, flooding is the nation’s most common natural disaster. During the early weeks of spring, as the temperatures start to warm up and the snow starts to melt, […]

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By Maria Knapp April 24, 2017
Give Your Janitor A Break This Summer – Install Duralife Lockers®

Lets talk about janitors, you know, those guys and gals, who are always there, on the ready with a sponge, broom or mop, just when you need them. They are in our schools all year long, available for any size clean up, taking care of the spills our kids make in the lunchroom, classroom and […]

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By Maria Knapp April 17, 2017
What Is a Sustainable School?

You may have heard the word “sustainability” a lot recently, and as a facility manager of a school, you may be wondering how you can make your school more sustainable. Many educational facilities across the country have been implementing sustainability and green plans to make their schools more eco-friendly and energy efficient. But what makes […]

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By Maria Knapp April 17, 2017
School Facility Safety Checklist: Assessing the Safety & Security of School Buildings

As a school facility manager, it’s important to perform a check of your school to make sure it’s a safe and secure environment for students and faculty. Performing a check of your facility is beneficial in that it will show you the strengths and weaknesses of the building, which if left unchecked, could compromise the […]

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By Maria Knapp April 17, 2017
Determining the Lifecycle Cost of Lockers: Metal vs HDPE

When you’re choosing the lockers for your school or facility, there are a variety of factors at play that you need to consider, not just for the immediate future, but for the long term. Choosing the right material for your lockers is crucial if you want to have functional storage compartments, but you’ll also want […]

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By Maria Knapp April 17, 2017
Maintenance Tips for Commercial Restrooms

Almost all facility managers know that their commercial restroom requires a lot of care, attention, and upkeep. But when tackling the restroom, it’s important to be sure of the necessary steps to guarantee that your bathroom is completely clean. Here are a few important steps to take for a cleaner restroom. Cleaning Your Restroom The […]

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