If you subscribe to Facility Executive's monthly magazine you will have noticed that Beaverton School District was featured in an article entitled School District Tracks Space Use. Kathy Gray is the facilities use coordinator for the district, which is the third largest in the state of Oregon, and her team devised a means to utilize cloud based tools to improve use insights and controls for building requests and access for after hours events. Through this program the organization is reducing confusion and costs through communication and utilization of applicable resources.
"Utilizing an online form and changing the approval process makes facility scheduling faster and saves school principals a lot of time. The district also changed the fee structure based on visits with peer institutions. The new, tiered fee structure now charges more for fields and auditoriums versus classrooms. We are still early in the process, but the district expects to recover a majority of costs especially by recouping custodians’ overtime rates."
Local Facilities Manager's Connection (LFMC) recently covered this topic in a tour of the Northwest Christian University where some of their access controls were the result of several test programs with facilities, IT and their trusted vendors. You can read more about that discussion HERE and join us for our next meeting by getting the information HERE. We are proud of our Oregon facilities innovators and managers being recognized for their hard work! If you are looking for opportunities to connect with local facilities peer and collaborate for ideas as well as resources, join the LFMC email list and visit us for our next meeting. You can read our LFMC article on networking featured in Facility Executive HERE.
What a great day to discuss ROI with our facilities and maintenance friends, see you @registerguard. Connecting with local facilities, maintenance and risk professionals through our monthly LFMC meetings enables us to share ideas, issues and solutions to strengthen our peer network. This months recap will follow the live tweets from the meeting with nuggets of return on investment ideas for improving efficiency, saving money and extending the life of your facilities systems. Thank you to our LFMC February meeting sponsor Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) - cedeugene.shopced.com
Tip - recycling old lighting bulbs follow the local guidelines to create big savings by staggering over time
Tip - work with vendors to sample products and compare different lighting options for cost and comfort
Spend money to save money, changing to LED = energy savings, maintenance reduction & extend infrastructure life
Recycling hot water from existing systems to increase efficiency for other processes.
Lack of preventative maintenance may be the highest waste in a building as simple changes can equal big savings
Thank you to CED Eugene for sponsoring our meeting and presenting lighting and controls options for efficiency
With adjustability for lighting and heat you can avoid costly changes for individual preferences through local controls adaptation
Parking lot LED lighting retrofits with access controls, smart sensors and grouping of fixture settings
Heat is the number one killer of LED lighting. As such purchasing fixtures for for LED rather than retro fit may be a better long term solution for life and efficiency
Beveled optics in LED lighting in the event of failures ensures you don't lose the pattern only lose % of lighting
LED life & safety lighting options with battery power to replace old inefficient wall packs
LED tubes are sensitive to dirty power and can pop more frequently. Conditioned power or full LED fixture better long term solution
LED lighting options integrate with architectural and design options to bring life and flair to facilities
NEXT Meeting: Thursday 03/16/17 @ Ninkasi
Tour & Social (This will be an evening event 5-630pm)
Mark Schmidt and the RG Media (Register Guard) facilities management team have been working through several areas of lighting assessments and upgrades including a section of interior lighting that were modified HID exterior lights which were having complications. Through a partnership with their supplier CED Lighting they were able to convert several of these lighting sections to LED to offset the rising cost of energy as well as extend the overall life on the electrical infrastructure of the building by reducing the loads. Mark and the RG Media facilities maintenance team are continuing to work with trusted vendors to generate creative solutions for cost savings, preventative maintenance and efficiency upgrades to keep the long term vision in perspective. Join Mark and our gathering of local facilities, maintenance and risk professionals for a tour of the RG Media facilities and a peer led discussion of return on investment concepts, come prepared to share your experiences.
Join your local peers in facilities management as we discuss issues relevant to our profession and our region. To find out more about Local Facilities Manager's Connection, please REGISTER for the meeting through our LFMC contact page.
NEXT Meeting: Thursday 03/16/17 @ Ninkasi - Tour & Social (This will be an evening event 5-630pm)
Thank you to this month's sponsor - Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) - Since its inception, CED has focused on meeting its customers' electrical requirements - one customer at a time. With over 600 locations coast-to-coast, CED still does business based on the needs of the individual. - Call CED Eugene 541.683.2474
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