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Here you will find articles about school building maintenance, custodial services, cleaning techniques, training and much more.

school construction, design and planning Insuring your construction projects today and for the future
By: Sharon Iburg - Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Source: Keenan & Associates
What is the measure of a successful project?
Is it that the project was completed on time? The project stayed under budget? There were no serious incidents that occurred during construction? Punch list items were at an all time low? The community is pleased and with the new facility, its design, cost, and delivery, and can’t wait for their children to use it? The board has needed little intervention as to the building of the project?

K-12, college building maintenance and operations. Case Study: Saving Money on Acoustical Ceilings
By: Mr. Scott A. Caruso, Founder - Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Source: National Ceiling, Wall & Lighting Network
Today's school facility maintenance should include the cleaning of the acoustical ceiling tile instead of replacement or worse yet, painting. Why you ask, because just like carpets, acoustical ceiling tile accumulate dirt, grease, dust, odors and other unsanitary pollutants which bond themselves to the acoustical ceilings through the thermal air currents causing the ceiling to become stained, unpleasant to the eye, and unhealthy if left untreated.

By: Linda Chipperfield, Green Seal VP - Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Source: Green Seal

Washington, DC — October 30, 2007. Green Seal, Inc. has announced that three cleaning services, in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, have been awarded certification under GS-42, its environmental standard for green cleaning services that help protect human health and the environment. After a stringent application process and an on-site audit, three major US cleaning services are now licensed to provide a Green Seal-certified service to their customers.

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School Facility Financial information and news. Research Institute Receives $100,000 Grant From Carpet & Rug Institute
By: Jim Harris, Sr - Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Source: Cleaning Industry Research Institute

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) announced today that it has receive a $100,000 grant from the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) to assess the actual costs of cleaning carpet and VCT in elementary schools.

K-12, college building maintenance and operations. Don't Replace It: Clean it!
By: Scott Caruso, Caruso Care - Sunday, September 23, 2007
Source: National Ceiling, Wall & Lighting Network
"New is better" may sound like common and accepted wisdom, but it isn't necessarily the answer.  In fact, "Clean it, don't replace it" may be a much more reasonable approach for facility managers and school administrators.

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By: - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
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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.

Optimizing Summertime School Performance
By: Maureen Lally - Monday, July 23, 2007
Source: TRANE
Just because school is out doesn't mean facility managers can ignore their facilities' needs.  School operation and maintenance personnel can maintain healthy, high performing, energy efficient buildings by focusing on preventing potentially harmful moisture intrusion and related HVAC problems.

Texas ISD Undertakes Facility Upgrades to Improve Efficiency
By: Jeannie Birdswell - Monday, July 23, 2007
Source: Communications Manager, TAC
In order to reduce annual energy costs, the Gregory-Portland School District in Portland, Texas has hired TAC to implement a facility management system district-wide.  With a guaranteed reduction in utility costs of more than $350,000 annually, the district hopes to improve operations, comfort and efficiency at its schools and at its administrative facilities.


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