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Managing the Auto Repair Shop’s Inventory Dilemma

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Managing the Auto Repair Shop’s Inventory Dilemma

Managing the Auto Repair Shop’s Inventory Dilemma

We’d all like to have a crystal ball that could predict inventory needs. Auto repair shops have a particularly complex challenge, with so many factors that affect inventory needs: types of repairs, makes of automobiles, distance to a parts supplier. Shop owners want to keep every imaginable part in stock, to move business through the shop quickly and meet customer expectations of fast turn-arounds. But that’s simply not practical – even with the most space-efficient storage system, the inventory-storage demands would eat up all the available...

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Racing for a Cure: Bringing Agility to Labs

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Racing for a Cure: Bringing Agility to Labs

Racing for a Cure: Bringing Agility to Labs

Ask anyone in pharma or healthcare: Time is of the essence. Whether it’s bringing a new drug to market or getting the results of a patient’s blood chemistry, a lab that is designed for speed can quite literally save lives. With new drugs taking an average of 10 years and $2.5 billion to get to market, there’s a strong incentive to pick up the pace. Today’s lab designers are tasked with cutting through “the physical and logical barriers to getting the work done,” as Mitchell Weitz writes in LabDesignNews.com. Speed is a product of agile...

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Move Your Office Outdoors

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Move Your Office Outdoors

Move Your Office Outdoors

It started with sidewalk cafés. Hemingway wrote novels in Parisian cafés. Byron and Shelly discussed philosophy at Rome’s Café Greco. More recently, J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books at Edinburgh’s Elephant House café. Now Google has installed outdoor desks for its employees. What is it that makes an outdoor space such an appealing place to work? Productivity-boosting stress reducer. Natural settings reduce stress. Hard science supports what we’ve always suspected: There’s a direct link between stress and heavily built-up urban...

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Storage: A Form of Disaster Insurance

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Storage: A Form of Disaster Insurance

Storage: A Form of Disaster Insurance

As the first hurricane of the season begins threatening the coastline, it’s a reminder that natural disasters can strike our business enterprises in the most unexpected ways. Those of us who live and work on the West Coast are accustomed to disaster in many forms – fire, flood, earthquake, you name it – but as the Main Street business owners of Ellicott City, Maryland, can tell you, it can happen anywhere, out of the blue. A business continuity plan can be the difference between recovering from a disaster or closing your doors permanently. A...

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Trending: The Law Hotel Makes Every Square Foot Count

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Trending: The Law Hotel Makes Every Square Foot Count

Trending: The Law Hotel Makes Every Square Foot Count

For more than a decade, professional-services workplaces have been shifting toward open layouts featuring unassigned seating, cafes and lounges, collaborative spaces, and conference rooms. Office design pros use the term “hoteling” to describe this new workplace format. Hot desks are available to anyone in the office; one-to-one conferences take place in scheduled, reserved offices; cafes, lounges, and even open stairways encourage impromptu informational exchanges. Law firms, always the most conservative of all the professions, have resisted...

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The Librarian’s Challenge: Finding Room for the Books

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on The Librarian’s Challenge: Finding Room for the Books

The Librarian’s Challenge: Finding Room for the Books

A curated collection of photos celebrates World Book Day on Twitter, presenting stunning architectural designs dedicated to the proposition that even in the Digital Age, books are worthy of beautiful spaces. From San Diego to Singapore to Seattle, these buildings are as inspirational as they are functional. But in many of the photos, the shelves seem quite crowded. With ever-increasing numbers of books being published every year, libraries are challenged to find sufficient space to house their collections. And as Audrey Barbakoff reports in...

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You’ve Got Free Real Estate in Your Building

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on You’ve Got Free Real Estate in Your Building

You’ve Got Free Real Estate in Your Building

New Jersey’s Bowery Farm is changing farming as we know it, using a design decision that can be applied across hundreds of industries. Like most businesses, including agribusiness, this indoor hydroponic farm applies automation and information technology to maximize productivity. But Bowery Farm also makes use of one of the least-considered business resources: vertical volume. By expanding upward in the warehouse building it occupies, this farm yields more than 100 times the quantity of food that a traditional farm does. Real estate is...

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Hospital Facilities Managers: Seeing Through Fresh Eyes

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Hospital Facilities Managers: Seeing Through Fresh Eyes

Hospital Facilities Managers: Seeing Through Fresh Eyes

It happens to almost all of us: We have a task awaiting our attention – it’s sitting there right in front of us – but we’re busy with other urgent duties and before long that task becomes invisible. It gets shoved into a corner. It becomes part of the furniture, and we cease to see it. That is, until someone says, “Hey, isn’t that the (annual report, missing box of widgets, boss’s birthday decorations, etc.) under your desk?” In hospitals, the person who notices such storage mishaps is often a compliance surveyor, and the misplaced items...

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Why AI and IoT Can’t Replace an FM Pro

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Why AI and IoT Can’t Replace an FM Pro

Why AI and IoT Can’t Replace an FM Pro

Through the ages, new technology has put people out of work. Scribes lost their jobs to the printing press. Buggy whip manufacturers closed their doors when automobiles became popular. Telephone operators were laid off when automatic phone switches were installed. The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT), like other so-called labor-saving technologies, at first might have seemed to threaten facilities managers with obsolescence. AI and IoT allow a building to regulate its energy consumption, generate...

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Today’s Accountants Owe Their Careers to Early Storage Experts

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Today’s Accountants Owe Their Careers to Early Storage Experts

Today’s Accountants Owe Their Careers to Early Storage Experts

When our hunter-gather ancestors were wandering the earth in search of the day’s dinner, their math skills were fairly primitive. Archeologists tell us that hunter-gatherers generally could count to around 4; anything beyond that was termed “a whole lot.” Three or four berries were hardly worth the trouble, but a whole lot of berries was a feast, and no one wanted to waste time counting them when they could be eating them. But then our ancestors settled down and started storing things. Food, naturally, was the first thing to be stored....

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