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By Maria Knapp March 21, 2017
Tufftec Lockers® Strong and Fit For The Work Hard – Play Harder Lifestyle

Today’s consumers have extremely stressful busy lifestyles, and work hard to make a living. It certainly stands to reason that with all that hard-work they put out on a daily basis, they need an effective outlet to destress. Many find that outlet at the local gym or sports arena, where they can play just as […]

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By Maria Knapp February 20, 2017
Types of Green Building Materials

Whether you’re designing a new facility or looking to do some renovations on your current facility, utilizing green building materials is a smart route to take. Sustainability is important when picking your building materials because you want them to last a long time. Luckily, there’s a variety of green building materials and sustainable products that […]

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By Maria Knapp February 17, 2017
Creating a Safe Learning Environment Through Facility Maintenance & Management

One of the most important components of a person’s ability to learn is their environment. Whether it’s a young child or an adult college student, the facility in which they’re being educated directly affects their ability to learn. As a facility manager, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you’re creating a […]

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By Maria Knapp February 16, 2017
How Is HDPE Made?

HDPE (high-density polyethylene) is one of the most durable and versatile thermoplastics in today’s market. It’s used for a variety of different materials like bottles, automotive parts, furniture, and different construction products. HDPE is even recyclable. But despite HDPE’s versatile and efficient nature, how is it made? The Process of Making HDPE HDPE is made […]

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By Maria Knapp February 15, 2017
Daily Facility Maintenance Checklist: Keep Your Facility in Tip-Top Shape

Your facility is a representation of your business, so why wouldn’t you want it to speak volumes? Future employees, visitors, and clients will walk through the doors and immediately take notice of issues that could sway their opinions. Staying on top of daily facility maintenance is crucial in keeping your facility in tip-top shape. We’ve […]

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By Maria Knapp February 14, 2017
How to Conduct an Effective Facility Audit for Your School

As a school facility manager, it’s important to perform routine facility and safety audits so the students, faculty, and staff can enjoy a comfortable environment while you ensure that everything is up to code. Learning how you can improve your facility or update your systems is crucial. Here are a few helpful tips to show […]

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By Maria Knapp November 18, 2016
Important Architectural Considerations When Designing a Gender-Neutral Bathroom

Potty politics have made their way into the national spotlight once again, and this time, they’re focusing on gender neutrality. As the debate heats up on both sides, architects and contractors are starting to weigh in on how gender-neutral bathrooms might affect the overall design of a facility. Two primary concerns when it comes to […]

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By Maria Knapp November 16, 2016
Operation and Circulation Restroom Design

There are numerous considerations when designing a commercial restroom. How many users do you anticipate will use the facility? Is there ample space for two lanes of traffic flowing in and out of the restroom? How many stalls do you really need? All these questions have to do with operation and circulation restroom design, and […]

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By Maria Knapp November 09, 2016
Common Building Defects That Can Lead to High Maintenance Costs

Building owners and administrators are always looking for ways to keep operational costs down, but many don’t consider how some design oversights and building defects can lead to higher maintenance costs. In this post, we’ll investigate the most common issues so you can avoid making the same mistakes when planning your facility. Common Building Defects […]

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By Maria Knapp November 08, 2016
Why You Should Consider Maintenance Costs When Designing a New Building

It’s easy to overlook maintenance costs when designing a new building, but it could end up hurting you. That’s because administrators, contractors, architects, and other building officials are under constant pressure to keep costs down and stay within budget. However, choosing the cheapest materials or building methods can have expensive maintenance requirements. In this post, […]

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By Maria Knapp November 07, 2016
Green Buildings: Common Construction Problems and Solutions

Far from a fad, green building and green design have entered the mainstream. What was once a novelty for designers and architects has now become a staple in the industry. Some of what’s helped to make green buildings so popular is their ability to solve some of the most common construction problems, especially those having […]

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By Maria Knapp November 04, 2016
Why Choose LEED Certified Green Building Materials?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has become the standard for green building certifications. Their in-depth program looks at a facility from the planning stage all the way through everyday operation. It’s no secret that LEED certified buildings enjoy lower energy costs and other savings, which is why so many businesses are now interested […]

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By Maria Knapp November 03, 2016
Questions to Ask When Hiring an Architect

Although not every construction or renovation project requires an architect to be brought on board, having one can certainly help to make sure that your plans go off without a hitch. But when shopping for an architect, how do you know that you’re enlisting someone who has the right skills and training for the job? […]

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By Maria Knapp November 02, 2016
Facility Design May Have an Impact on Human Error in Hospitals

When most people consider the type of care they’ll receive at a hospital, they look to the qualifications of the doctors and nurses or the access to cutting-edge medical equipment. However, one thing that virtually no one thinks of is the design of the facility itself, which is a huge oversight according to scientific research […]

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By Maria Knapp November 01, 2016
Planning Guide for Maintaining School Facilities

Keeping your school looking and running in good condition is a full-time job. However, the job shouldn’t be left to one person but rather a team of dedicated employees who will help you see to it that the school is properly maintained year after year. To make sure that your team is set for success, […]

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