Facility Management

Sunnybrook Hospital

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Sunnybrook Hospital abuzz with beekeeping first

Sunnybrook Hospital has become the first healthcare facility in Toronto to welcome honeybees to its 100-acre property.
water quality

REMI Network

Ontario guide helps buildings restore water quality

Building owners and managers are responsible for water flushing activities to restore drinking water. Sometimes this process could take up to 12 weeks.
wellness ready

REMI Network

Quadrangle and Human Space launch Wellness Ready

Quadrangle and Human Space have launched Wellness Ready, a program to support businesses as they create healthy environments for returning occupants and customers.
Public disclosure of energy use and GHG intensity holds little appeal for building owners concerned about uninformed scrutiny

Canadian Property Management

Public disclosure could foil energy reporting

The City of Winnipeg has invited commercial building owners and institutional facility managers to affix their Energy Star Portfolio Manager results on a publicly accessible map.
Public transit wariness

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Public transit wariness makes the core edgy

Commuters’ willingness to jump on the bus, light-rail car or subway is expected to be a driving factor in repopulating office space in some major North American markets, including Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
A new round of the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund is now open to applicants

Canadian Property Management

Enabling Accessibility Fund opens for proposals

A new flat-rate costing formula will replace the previous requirement to submit construction quotes and other budget information. Instead, applicants can match their proposals to standardized specifications.
The Canadian hotel sector is reeling from COVID-19

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Canadian hotel sector assumes survival mode

Although plummeting occupancy appears to have bottomed out and crept back up marginally, Canadian hotels, on average, were less than 20 per cent full as May began.
WELL Health-Safety Rating

REMI Network

WELL Health-Safety Rating launches for facilities

IWBI has launched the WELL Health-Safety Rating for facility operations and management, focusing on operations, cleaning protocols and design strategies.
Alberta museums and galleries preparing to welcome back the public

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Look, don’t touch at Alberta museums

Both museums will be closing interactive areas that normally invite hands-on experiences. Instead, visitors will be reminded to look, but not touch any of the available exhibits
food bank

REMI Network

North York ice rink converts to food bank

North York Harvest Food Bank is now operating out of a converted ice rink to help adhere to social distancing guidelines while managing increased visits.
infectious disease

REMI Network

GBAC releases accreditation program for infectious disease prevention

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council introduced GBAC STAR for facilities— the industry's only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation.
lengthy building shutdowns could increase the risk of Legionnaire's disease

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Shutdowns can factor in Legionnaires’ disease

Lengthy building shutdowns to help stop the spread of COVID-19 could create friendlier conditions for Legionella bacteria growth.
cobotics

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Outbreak accelerates role of cobotics in cleaning

COVID-19 is expected to push cobotics to the forefront of cleaning as facilities prioritize health and safety more than ever.
climate change effects

REMI Network

Report helps FMs manage climate change effects

A new report helps facility managers to reduce the effects of climate change for the organizations they support.
living walls

Canadian Property Management

Survival prospects upbeat for living walls

Like humans, living walls might be overdue for a trim, but few are imperilled in the now largely empty surroundings of commercial and institutional buildings.
energy upgrade

REMI Network

District-wide energy upgrade for Alberta schools

A district-wide energy upgrade across 21 schools in central Alberta will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the facilities.
waste management

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Technology gets smart about waste management

Waste equipment and services that can process and organize vast amounts of data help inform sustainable practices throughout the facility.