Setting the Stage

— By Joe Bshero — Common carpet care myths debunked.   In today’s competitive marketplace, it’s important to give retail customers a quality shopping experience. Some companies do so by focusing on easy-to-navigate store layouts, while others offer in-store dining…

Active Airflow

— By Del Williams —   How UVC light inactivates viruses and other airborne pathogens, thus improving indoor safety.   With commercial facilities taking precautions against viruses as never before, an effective new tool in their arsenal is a new…

Defeating the Virus, Together

— By Patricia Olinger —   The virus doesn’t care — and we all know which virus I’m talking about. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, does not care about politics, an individual’s socioeconomic status, race, gender, sexual…

Commercial Cleaning Post-COVID

— By Adam Povlitz — Best practices and applying lessons learned during COVID-19 to commercial cleaning.   For a time, the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in an era of remorseless uncertainty, and every industry across the nation grappled with how to…

Slippery Slope

— By Marian Nolletti — The dangers of rooftop grease.   Any type of grease from animal fats or vegetable fats on a rooftop can reduce the roof system’s resistance to UV rays and heat. Plus, it can cause premature…

Sanitize & Design

— By Andrea Lisbona — Best practices for long term PPE implementation in retail design.   Prior to the pandemic, it would have been rare to consider PPE like hand sanitizer, plexiglass barriers and masks as critical elements in enhancing…

Plan & Protect

— By Inna Tuler — How to navigate the maze of retail construction in today’s post-COVID environment.   The popularity of online shopping has recently seen a marked expansion due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in spite of growing e-commerce…

Counter Attack

— By Ara Aslanian — How to reopen your restaurant free of cyber concerns.   Despite an apocalyptic prediction last year, only 14% of restaurants closed permanently during the pandemic. After a dark winter of to-go-only orders or limited capacity,…

What “Clean” Means

— By Chris Gurreri —   How restaurants can rise to the raised expectations of what “clean” means in a post-pandemic world.   The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened everyone’s awareness of everyday actions, from breathing to touching doorknobs. One area…

Help Wanted

— By Megan Varano — The benefits to outsourcing your facilities maintenance program and what to look for when choosing a provider.   If you’re considering outsourcing any part of your company’s facilities maintenance services, you’re not alone. There is…

New Standard of Safety

— By David Vigil — Embracing consumer demand for a new standard of safety and hygiene.   Retail and restaurant leaders understand the importance of customer service, but amidst the events of the past 12 months, a greater focus has…

Free & Fair Air

— By Ramez Naguib, P.E. — Effect of air filter rating on energy consumption in restaurants during COVID-19.   This we know: COVID-19 is primarily transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets, which are then released when someone with…

Data-Driven Decisions

— By Alexandria Pegnato and Tom Coble — Roof management enters the digital age.   Historically, when it came to managing a multi-site roof portfolio, a difficult choice had to be made. Does one commit a sizeable budget to being…

Parking Lot Safety

— By Bob Lester — Tips to ensure outdoor spaces are structurally safe for al fresco dining and more.   Enjoying a delicious meal in the sunshine and warm breeze is one of the most pleasant experiences to come out…

Remember Your Roof

— By Steve Smith — Managing shopping center roofing issues with a post-pandemic budget.   As the retail industry begins to fully reopen and emerge from the pandemic, shopping center owners are busy getting their operations back in full gear.…

Invitation to Gather

— By Joe Pazdan, AIA — Open-air restaurant and music venue thrives through COVID-19.   The restaurant business is notoriously fickle, but the COVID-19 pandemic dealt death-blows to thousands of establishments across the country as they struggled to stay afloat…

Power Trip

— By Rick Orman — Why power surges are the hidden threat to restaurant business operations.   The last decade has seen the rapid adoption of digital equipment in quick-service and full-service restaurants. It’s not uncommon to see mobile devices,…

Spray, Fog or Clean

— By Robert Kravitz — Exploring three cleaning technologies that have taken center stage since the pandemic began.   An entire floor of a high-rise office building in Chicago is rented out to a global, “virtual” office company. Most of…

No Time For Flies

— By Pat Hottel — Controlling filth flies inside — and outside — restaurant facilities.   Filth flies, like house flies and bottle flies, reproduce quickly and are associated with pathogen laden environments like manure, garbage and sewage. The bodies…

Know the Drill

— By Steve Peldiak — The importance of having a disaster plan in place — prior to the emergency at hand.   Did you know, there is a new bill being introduced to streamline disaster recovery assistance? It is named…

Grow Into the Season

— By Lesley Dunham — [EDITOR’S NOTE: This column originally appeared in our April 2021 magazine.] Before you jump into spring, be sure to schedule a property inspection.   After the last snow melts and before you jump into spring,…

Get With the Program

— By Chris Murphy — Planning your successful painting program.   As we begin the next season of reimage, repainting and rebranding, many facility managers will be using all their creativity to find the “magic” to maximizing budgets and facilities’…

COVID-19 and HVAC

— By Clive Samuels — Creating safer and healthier indoor air quality.   The spotlight is on indoor air quality as COVID-19 continues to change the way we look at the world. While there is more to learn about SARS-CoV-2,…

Inside Out

— By Andrew Eck — From the inside looking out: 2021 foodservice industry trends.   I think we all put a lot of pressure on 2021 to be a year of rebounding, the year that we return to normal. So…

Lifestyle & Location

— By Pranav Tyagi — Enhancing your store location strategy with technology.   Retailers and restaurants live and die by the addresses they call home. Yet, over the last few years, rapid digital transformations have all but forced some retailers…

What Does the Lot Say?

— By Carol E. Carey — Does your parking lot and exterior say your company is clean and inviting — or stark, dark and unsafe?     Deciding not to keep your parking lot and building exteriors clean and fresh…