Monthly Archives: April 2013

FM Humor

Three contractors were touring the white house on the same day. One wasimages from New York, another from Missouri, and the third from Florida. At the
end of the tour, the guard asked them what they did for a living.

When they each replied that they were contractors the guard said “Hey, we
need one of the rear fences redone. Why don’t you guys look at it and give
me a bid.”

So to the back fence they went. First up was the Florida contractor. He
took out his tape measure and pencil, did some measuring and said, “Well I
figure the job will run about $900. $400 for materials, $400 for my crew,
and $100 profit for me.”

Next was the Missouri contractor. He also took out his tape measure and
pencil, did some quick figuring and said, “Looks like I can do this Job for
$700. $300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me.”

Then the guard asks the New York contractor how much. Without so much as
moving the contractor says, $2700.”

The guard, incredulous, looks at him and says “You didn’t even measure like
the guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”

“Easy” says the contractor from New York, “$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you
and we hire the guy from Missouri.”


Workshops at The Facilities Management Summit, June 19 2013, at Soldier Field in Chicago

We are pleased to announce the following educational sessions  at our upcoming summit  in Chicago on June 19 2013:

1)      Windows and Glass: Top 10 New Technologies that can Save Facilities Money

In this entertaining and informative seminar, Mark Meshulam, aka Chicago Window Expert gives facilities managers the inside scoop  on how to deal with the best and worst feature of most buildings: the windows and glass. Windows are a big issue for facilities” says Meshulam “They provide a big part of the design and personality of the property, yet they can bleed energy budgets and create occupant discomfort with cold and hot spots.”

Luckily there is a wave of new strategies coming online right now that can bring new life to buildings in need of help. The top ten strategies that will be presented are: Low E glass, gas-filled glass, suspended films, dimmable glass, photovoltaic glass, self-heating glass, vacuum glass, interior secondary windows and a few surprises.

 Presenter’s bio:

Mark Meshulam, aka Chicago Window Expert writes an informative blog, that is visited by over 1000 people every week. Having spent over 30 years as a window & glass contractor in Chicago, he now brings his experience and industry to online readers, private clients and students of his accredited courses.Meshulam’s work experiences include overseeing engineering, testing and project management for the installation of literally millions of square feet of glass, windows, window-walls, curtainwalls, entrances, storefronts, louvers, panel systems, skylights and other engineered architectural products. His window company Builders Architectural Products performed over 3000 jobs including countless high-rises, schools, hospitals, commercial and residential buildings, even jails and power plants, both new construction and renovation.

2)    The Benefits of Switching to LED Lighting


In-depth and educational discussion around the business drivers and benefits realized when constructing/retrofitting indoor and outdoor work space environments to highly efficient LED lighting.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how companies in all major business markets/applications are justifying a move to LED lighting
  • How does LED lighting compare to today’s incandescent and fluorescent lighting alternatives.
  • Gain an understanding on the energy and maintenance savings opportunities that are available through converting to LED lighting
  • Learn how to have a successful commercial lighting retrofit

Presenters’ bio:

Kevin Orth is Vice President of Sales at Cree, an industry leader in LED lamps and luminaire products for interior and exterior applications. Throughout his more than 18 years of lighting industry experience, he has held numerous sales positions which has allowed him to work extensively with electrical contractors, engineers, architects, municipalities, interior designers and lighting designers, while growing his industry knowledge.  Kevin understands key business trends and issues while finding time to contribute columns in various trade publications that discuss energy issues in various industries.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds an Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jared Hoover is Director of Vertical Sales at Cree, an industry leader in LED lamps and luminaire products for interior and exterior applications. Jared started his lighting career with General Electric working in various sales and business development leadership roles. With over eight years of lighting experience, Jared has worked with multiple market segments and channels including specification, distribution and various end-users focused vertical markets.


3)      A Successful BAS Project:  Steps for Success

Building Automation Systems (BAS), one of the most important features of any facility, is sometimes less than it should be once the owner “takes possession”. In the end, the owner wants a BAS that is provided by one vendor with fair pricing and great service. How do we help the owner achieve those goals? Many times this process can be flawed if it starts from the consultants standard specifications for BAS or with help from a friendly BAS vendor. There are many important factors involved with the BAS that should be reviewed with the owner and his operating staff prior to the BAS design. This seminar will review how to decide, with the owners input, what is really important to them and what choices are available. The subjects will include technology, open or proprietary systems, software, energy, comfort and maintenance concerns, interfaces to other building systems, submittals, commissioning, training and contractor qualifications. We will also present methods to provide protection for the owner in future pricing and technological advances, which is rarely part of the scope of the project.

Presenter’s Bio:

Greg Bradshaw, owner of Bradshaw Building Solutions, has 47 years experience in the construction industry, the last 37 years focusing on commissioning, re-commissioning, building automation systems, energy management, energy retrofits and smoke control systems. Greg has worked with controls/integration companies, a mechanical design/build firm, a BAS manufacturer as regional manager, an engineering firm specializing in commissioning & retro-commissioning. Greg now has his own company focusing on commissioning, re-commissioning, smoke control & building automation system consulting. Greg has spoken many times about a number of subjects, including Re-Commissioning & Commissioning, Energy Management Systems, Data Center Efficiency, Web-based BAS, Building Systems Interoperability, Energy Retrofits, Control Strategies, Smoke Control Systems and Networks & the BAS.

Greg Bradshaw Bio (shorter version)

Greg Bradshaw, Bradshaw Building Solutions, Inc has 47 years experience in the construction industry, the last 37 years focusing on commissioning, re-commissioning, automation systems, energy retrofits and smoke control systems.


4)    Re-Commissioning for Comfort & Energy

The re-commissioning (also called retro-commissioning or existing building commissioning) process provides low cost, high return operating improvements that reduce operating costs for existing buildings, improves energy performance, tenant comfort and indoor air quality.  This presentation covers the goals, strategies, challenges and benefits of successful Re-Commissioning of existing facilities. Common issues and measures are discussed. Re-Commissioning activities can include staff interviews, trending of system values, design review, installation verification, point-by-point checkout, functional testing, stability verification, interface review and documentation verification are considered.  In addition, the process will include analysis of any new technologies or ideas to help save energy. Since the facility purpose has probably changed after a number of years of operation, this process will take a fresh look at the entire plant operations for any improvement possibility concerning energy, comfort and operational/maintenance issues. Last but not least, we will guide you through the process of obtaining utility company rebates to help with the cost of Re-Cx.

Greg Bradshaw is also presenting this workshop