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Demand Response Lessons Learned from a Chief Engineer

In the thick of summer, high temperatures can be unpleasant for more than just the commuters waiting outside for a train or bus. Heat waves can create a significant amount of stress to power grid systems, potentially forcing blackouts and brownouts or maxing out HVAC loads. Demand response is a collective effort on the part of utilities companies, a third-party energy monitoring organization, and facility management to relieve stress on the electrical grid system when the grid approaches 5-7 percent full capacity.
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Technology

Spotlight - Boston Life Sciences Plant Superintendent, Mike McGonagle

Mike McGonagle is the Plant Superintendent at a multi-tenant life science research facility located in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area. He is responsible for overseeing all building operations and maintenance being performed at the site. Read our Q&A to learn more about his important role supporting a state-of-the-art lab and research facility.
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Working With Unions 101: Everything You Need to Know

Over the decades, unions have been credited with introducing a number of work protections that have improved the overall work environment for not only their members, but also for those who work with them. However, working with unions to fill your key job positions can bring a number of new complexities and challenges to employers who are unfamiliar with their structure or who do not have the time to engage with them sufficiently. 
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Kicking COVID-19: 8 Articles to Prepare Your Building Operations for the Return of Employees

As the world slowly recovers from the setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are beginning to see the shift from virtual work back to the physical workplace. This return has occurred, in part, because of a national decrease in cases and increase in vaccinations, yet accompanying this progress are variants of the virus. 
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Facilities Services

7 Ways Outsourcing With a Facilities Service Partner Saves Costs

If there is one thing the last year has taught us, it is the need to be flexible and prepared for anything. This is especially important in the facilities management field, where occupancy levels and building maintenance needs are fluctuating more than ever.
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Articles

The Top 3 Priorities for Your Engineering Staff During Low Occupancy Periods

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused many businesses to adjust to a new operating reality, and it has driven them to make many tough decisions. Unfortunately, no field or industry has been untouched, including the key role of building maintenance and engineering.
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Articles

Energy Benchmarking for Building Management: How to Track Consumption and Sustainability

Most corporations are well equipped to track cash expenses like business lunches, office supplies and travel, and they can identify ways to save on those costs. But when it comes to an issue like heat energy loss from the building, unless they have a trustworthy energy benchmarking system, those savings may be literally escaping out the doors and windows.
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Commercial Building Operations: Lessons Learned from Return-to-Work Initiatives

COVID-19 has not only altered where we work, but also the way we work. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two of the top four ways to contract airborne COVID-19 describe most pre-pandemic buildings and office layouts. Before many states mandated employees to work from home, employees often sat at desks within six feet of each other and conference rooms included stuffy or recirculated air. 
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Culture

Employee Spotlight: David D'Amore, Chief Engineer, Boston, MA

David D'Amore is a Chief Engineer at Able Services working at a life sciences sites in Boston, MA. He recently sat down with us to talk about his work experiences, what a 'normal' day looks like and why he enjoys his work as the onsite lead at a Research and Development facility.
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Cultural Values Matter: What to Look For in Your Facility Solutions Provider

When choosing a facility solutions partner, focus on the word “partner.” These days, plenty of companies offer janitorial and maintenance services for commercial offices and campus facilities. They meet the minimum requirements at a designated price, but their leadership isn’t onsite very often, connecting with clients and offering solutions. 
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