Focus Space – It’s What You Need

Sometimes the inspiration of what to write comes from unexpected places. Recently, the phrase “Beg, Steal or Borrow” somehow got lodged in my brain and wouldn’t get out unless I started writing. But, where do start? I know – Wikipedia, of course! This proved to be a dead-end as I only found a reference to […]

The Metrics of Distributed Work

This Excellent Study, conducted in 2011 by Knoll, Inc. ( with help from Ratekin Consulting (Joel Ratekin is a leader in Distributed Work) can be viewed and downloaded here –> Link to Knoll Distributed Work Study Over the past 10 years Distributed Work is finally catching on at most companies, even in Silicon Valley where cube […]

My Picks for the Top Facilities Sustainable Trends for 2014, Part 2 of 3

Introduction Welcome to part 2 of 3 of My Top Sustainable Trends for 2014. In my last post, I titled it the top trends for 2013, but since 2014 is just around the corner, I’m changing the title to reflect the new as I expect these trends to continue for the near future. The previous […]

10 Criteria for Successful Project Management Services

Earlier this year, I successfully completed a project where I managed the design and construction for a start-up’s new headquarters in Silicon Valley. Here are ten lessons learned from that project that apply to most facility projects. 1. Manage both design and construction, never construction without design This is such an important part of every […]

Dealing with Hazardous Materials when Closing Facilities

Most people dislike dealing with hazardous materials. Fortunately, the trend is to purchase, use and store fewer toxic materials in the workspace. Unfortunately, there is the legacy of hazardous materials left behind from a less enlightened time as well as hazardous materials used in R&D and manufacturing operations.  Since environmental management is an important responsibility […]

Title 24 FM Round-Table Seminar at Omnicell on 11/13/13

On November 13, 2013, I’ll be the moderator at the last FM Round-Table (FMRT) of the year for the Silicon Valley chapter of IFMA at Omnicell’s new headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Please sign up now as space is limited and I’m sure it will sell out. The session will cover the 2013 Title […]

The Problem with “Green Building” Lists

As a facilities manager with over 20 years experience and a certified Sustainable Facilities Professional (SFP) I have a keen interest current sustainable building practices. A recent blurb from an IFMA electronic newsletter got my attention. The headline claimed to list the top “green building processes” for 2013, so I clicked to read more and […]

Building Siting & the Building Envelope – The Developers’ Curse

Five years ago the Silicon Valley chapter of IFMA created a special suppliant to the Business Journal called “An Inside Look at the Facilities Management Profession”. I recently found a copy of it in my office and an article titled, “Adding Value through Sustainable Practices” got my attention. In the article I noted “that our […]