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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 17, 2016
Choosing the Best Bathroom Stalls for Your Commercial Bathroom

Designing a commercial bathroom is easier said than done, especially when it comes to selecting materials. One of the most important material selections you’ll have to make is the partitions, mainly because they’ll get the most use and abuse from future occupants. In this post, we discuss helpful tips for choosing the best bathroom stalls […]

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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 at one time? How many stalls will you need? 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 […]

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By Maria Knapp November 14, 2016
Renovating a Commercial Restroom on a Budget

Renovating the restroom in your commercial building doesn’t have to put your annual budget into the red. In fact, with adequate planning and the right resources, you just might be able to redo that restroom for a lot less than you anticipated. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how to renovate a […]

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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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By Maria Knapp October 28, 2016
Locker Decoration Rules & Guidelines to Avoid Locker Damage

Today, locker decorating has taken on a new meaning. What was once completed with the hanging of a small mirror and a magazine cutout of the current teen heartthrob has escalated to include shag rugs, chandeliers, wallpaper, and more. These completely customized lockers are an excellent way for students to express themselves, but they could […]

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By Maria Knapp October 27, 2016
How to Design a Handicap-Accessible Bathrooms

Providing bathroom accommodations for the disabled isn’t just important if you own a public building, it’s required by law. But just how do you design accessible bathrooms for the disabled? What are the rules and regulations that architects need to know before having a contractor begin work? In this post, we’ll take a closer look […]

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By Maria Knapp October 26, 2016
School Safety Plans & Tips: How to Prevent Theft, Vandalism & Break-Ins

For many reasons, schools are frequently the target of vandalism, break-ins, and theft. For one, some people see schools as being owned by no one rather than being owned by everyone. Schools can also be a source of great frustration for the students that go there, so they may use vandalism as a way of […]

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