Meet the Syndicated Columnists

Meet our syndicated columnists and read what the experts are saying about school facility design, construction, maintenance and management.

Bill Griffin Cleaning Consultant

Tom Olson, HVAC Expert

Frnak Locker, School Facility Consultant

Frank Hill, School Desin, Construction Expert


Robert Kobet School & College Building Expo | Keynote Q&A
By: Robert Kobet - Sunday, March 27, 2011
Robert Kobet is an accomplished architect and a passionate advocate for high performance green schools (HPGS), internationally. In just one conversation with him, his infectious enthusiasm and grounded, common-sense, Midwestern sensibilities will have you jumping on his bandwagon. And, it’s a critically important mission and good ride to take. As one of the featured keynote speakers at the upcoming School & College Building Expo, April 12-15, in Chicago, he’ll be right in his wheelhouse!

greenerdawn Benchmarking and the Implications of AB 1103
By: Easton Gardner, LEED AP - Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Source: Greener Dawn Inc.
The green building movement has transformed from solar panels and low-VOC paint to a complete shift in commercial real estate transactions – are you ready for green negotiations?

Frank Locker, School Facility Expert THE FUTURE IS HERE
By: Frank Locker PhD, AIA, REFP - Thursday, May 29, 2008
Started fourteen years ago the Minnesota New Country (Charter) School serves 120 students in grades 6 through 12 and the school’s facilities are a great example of the future of school design. Ninety-five percent of the building area is usable for learning, a 30% efficiency improvement over the more typical 70% factor.

Facility Management
Book - The Facility Manager's Handbook
The "bricks and mortar" issues of facility management – HVAC, lighting, electrical, plumbing, space allocation, security and grounds maintenance are addressed in The Facility Manager's Handbook address all of these issues, and provides a multitude of tested ideas, procedures and examples for successfully and cost-effectively managing facility operations.

Book- HVAC Fundamentals
This master volume covers the full range of HVAC systems used in today's facilities. Comprehensive in scope, the text is intended to provide the reader with a clear understanding of how HVAC systems operate, as well as how to select the right system and system components to achieve optimum performance and efficiency for a particular application.

resource video on sustainable building, green building materials, green construction
Video - The Future of Schools: Inside and Out
In this 60-minute special acoustics, energy, education and sustainable building design and green construction experts discuss creative solutions and alternative ideas used in new green school construction.

Additional Content
Patterns For Learning Create Patters For Design Patterns For Learning Create Patterns For Design
By: Franklin Hill, Ph.D. - Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This is the first article in a five-article series that will explore the entire K-12 educational pattern, which is then combined with appropriate functional facilities to sustain and enhance a whole-systems approach to learning and educational achievement within small learning communities.

Collaborative For High Performance  Schools CHPS Honors Best in Green, Healthy School Community
By: Ariel Dekovic - Friday, November 16, 2007
Source: CHPS
San Francisco, CA – The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) recognized notable leaders of high performance school building at the Greentools for Healthy Schools Conference awards luncheon this fall. The Green Apple Awards were distributed to outstanding school districts, school projects and industry leaders for their contributions to the green school movement.

Frank Locker, educational planner and school designer. Future Proofing Schools -- buildings and practices
By: Frank Locker, PhD, AIA, REFP - Thursday, September 20, 2007
Flexibility, flexibility, flexibility.  That's the key to creating facilities that work well in the present and that can be easily modified to work well in the future.  Dr. Locker provides several examples of the kind of flexibility that defines what he calls future proofing.

Climate Makers HVAC BOMA International Announces 7 Point Challenge Energy Plan
By: Tom Olson - Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Source: Climate Makers, Inc.
Join the Energy Challenge!  It's not all that difficult to reduce your school's energy consumption and decrease your energy costs.  Online tools and HVAC professionals can make the process easier.

Frank Locker, educational planner and school designer. Future Proofing Schools: strategies and implementation
By: Frank M. Locker, PhD, AIA, REFP - Tuesday, August 21, 2007
If new designs perfectly serve only today's methods of instruction, the future will be shortchanged.  If schools are planned solely for the kind of schools we will have in 2040, present users won't be comfortable.  Dr. Locker addresses this dilemma and presents practical solutions for future-proofing your school.

HVAC Maintenance Recovery & Preventive Maintenance Lesson #30
By: Tom Olson - Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Source: Climate Makers, Inc.
Most everything in the HVAC industry is about heat transfer. You have repeatedly read about the importance of clean heat transfer surfaces.  Well, here is another reminder to clean your heat transfer surfaces.

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