A Profile of Maria Ruiz
Weaving Diverse Expertise into a Tapestry of Success

Maria Ruiz gained valuable facility customer service and operational experience from an unlikely source – pitching in at Bloomingdale’s hosiery and high-end infant clothing departments in New York City....

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  • Jack Rubinger
  • 08 May 2024
A Profile of Lisa Trayter
Passionate, Skilled, Community-Oriented Professional

Lisa Trayter, Director of Facilities and Transportation for the Yough School District has a diverse background that uniquely qualifies her for her role....

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  • Jack Rubinger
  • 08 May 2024
A Profile of Melanie Ford
Passionate Construction Leader and Advocate

Melanie Ford planned to pursue architecture when she entered college but after two years in the architecture program found that she enjoyed her Building Science classes more than her design classes.  ...

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  • Jack Rubinger
  • 08 May 2024
Celebrating World FM Day with the people

The ability to positively impact a person’s day is one of the most potent reasons to celebrate World FM Day. ...

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  • Jack Rubinger
  • 08 May 2024
Blueprints of Success
Facility Master Planning in Changing Landscapes

Creating a facility master plan is a puzzle with many moving parts – timing, collaboration, research, writing, editing, metrics, and a deep knowledge of the intended audience. While some seek help from outside organizations, others count on internal teams for checks and balances. Whichever route you take, the bottom line is that the plan should reflect the current state of your facility, projected changes that may occur over time, and a set of prioritized tasks and responsibilities....

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  • Jack Rubinger
  • 07 May 2024
Learning to Love the Process
How To Jump Start Facility Familiarity

Starting a new job is always awkward. Each of us brings a unique perspective. Being a newcomer to facilities is often about taking small strides, every day, with devotion and consistency, rather than trying to make giant leaps in the first three months....

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  • Jack Rubinger
  • 18 Apr 2024
A Profile of Nicki Harwood
Emergency Manager, Trailblazer, Networker

Nicola (Nicki) Harwood, the Manager of Emergency Management and PBX, City of Hope, is a graduate of the facility management school of hard knocks, a collector of experiences, a world traveler born in England, and a thoughtful conversationalist. ...

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  • Jack Rubinger
  • 03 Apr 2024
Redefining The Facility Management Experience

Sure, there are institutions that offer degrees in facility management, but many individuals often gain their initial experience in building management from multiple points and perspectives. Some have started off as administrators, some have trade backgrounds, and others have learned on the job. The beautiful thing is that no two facility management jobs are identical and there’s no preferred path. While you could know everything about HVAC, you might know virtually nothing about how to keep patients or students safe during an emergency, or how to plan a budget....

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  • Jack Rubinger
  • 02 Apr 2024
Truth, Transparency, and Trust
Keys to Successful Information Sharing

One of the largest hidden costs in Facilities Management comes from external vendor costs -- specifically their labor and time. Specialized technicians for complex trades and projects may be brought in on an as-needed basis to support existing facilities teams. Their expert knowledge and specialization are useful for certain situations. ...

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  • Jack Rubinger & Ravin Wijesuriya
  • 21 Mar 2024
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Facilities To-Do List:
Spring Edition Insights

With Spring a couple of weeks away, and the weather improving in some parts of the country, it’s an opportune time to look at seasonal facilities to-do lists from a variety of perspectives....

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  • ARC Facilities
  • 13 Mar 2024
A Profile of Melissa Natalizia
Leading with Light in Healthcare Facility Operations

Melissa Natalizia, Senior Manager, Facility Operations, at a healthcare facility in Arizona, brings a cool head and an air of calm to the healthcare facilities environment....

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  • Jack Rubinger
  • 27 Feb 2024
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