• Project Demand and Market Stability Expected to Escalate Capital Construction Costs


    Continued signs of stable economic growth indicate that the recovery is gaining momentum in many parts of the United States and Canada. Construction selling prices for institutional projects grew at a 6 percent annualized rate in 2012, on top of a 3 percent increase in 2011.

  • Future-Proofing Your Workplace


    The average lifespan of a building is 60 years, but the forces that drive the workplace may change as often as every six months.

  • Agile Workplace Design Helps Businesses Achieve Their Goals


    Creating an "agile workplace"—by determining the overall business goals of an organization, making an in-depth appraisal of how employees work, and creating an efficient, cost-effective workspace that satisfies various work requirements—can save money in the long run by providing a satisfying wor

  • Performance Guaranteed Facility Model Provides Outcomes-Based Construction Method


    The Performance Guaranteed Facility (PGF) model is a relatively new type of public/private partnership that allows the occupants to own a building the moment construction begins, while private-sector partners commit to its design, construction, financing, and ongoing maintenance, including future

  • DuPont Creates a Workplace for the Future


    When worldwide science and engineering leader DuPont saw a need to reduce the footprint of its Wilmington, Del., headquarters, the company undertook a strategic plan to maximize utilization of existing space while building state-of-the-art facilities designed to accommodate the workers of the fut

  • The Packard Foundation Opens Net-Zero Office Building


    The David and Lucile Packard Foundation opened its net-zero office building in late June of 2012. Located in Los Altos, Calif., the 50,000-sf facility is expected to attain LEED Platinum certification with a total of 95 LEED points.

  • BIM + BAS for lifecycle cost reduction and continuous commissioning


    Owners are increasingly specifying that Building Information Modeling (BIM) data for new capital projects be delivered according to specific criteria that allows for the information to be easily integrated with Building Automation Systems (BAS) and other facility management systems to create an i

  • Increased Market Confidence and Institutional Demand Signal Construction Cost Escalation


    Key market indicators including equities, commodity prices, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and construction employment rates are signaling a gradual economic recovery in the U.S. and Canada that will impact large capital construction projects coming online in the next few years.

  • Lean transformation targets operating cost shortfall


    Doing more with less has become the new normal for facilities organizations everywhere, but the challenge imposed on the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) pushed that principle to the extreme.

  • Smart Technology Delivers Actionable Energy-Use Data for Any Facility, Any Budget


    University of California, Irvine is using smart, web-based electrical sub-meters to capture actionable energy-use data at the building, zone and room level to identify opportunities for decreasing operating expenses and carbon footprint.