University of Illinois Springfield
Pasadena City College
Santa Monica High School
Michigan Technological University
We have been following the only accredited American national standard for snow removal in the United States. With winter hard upon us campus facility managers would be well served to review the ASCA standards suite. Even when only partially adopted, use of ANSI accredited standards reduces the "wheel reinvention" that is common to the business side of the education industry when new initiatives, or continuous improvement programs are undertaken without consideration of already existing leading practice discovery.
A great deal of foot traffic occurs in and out of education facilities at all times of the year. Keeping these pathways safe and sustainable is a remarkably complicated science.
Winter weather pipe-breaking and subsequent water flooding incidents on educational campuses draw attention to Underwriters Laboratory product standard UL 515 Standard for Electrical Resistance Trace Heating for Commercial Applications which was last revised in July 2015. Requirements for the application of this product standard will be coordinated with the upcoming revisions to the National Electrical Code and National Electrical Contractor installation standards.
The power restoration activity now underway in the areas of the US affected by the California wildfires inspires a revisit of the standard to which public utilities build the overhead and underground power and telecommunication wiring for the communities they serve. We collaborate closely with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee to raise the standard of care for power security on the emergent #SmartCampus.
This is the highest level sustainability policy formulation committee in the world. Its work product has a direct path to national bodies charged with managing the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability in the public and private sector.
Today our revisit of the use of education facilities for storm shelters is inspired by the recent hurricanes the Carolina lowlands and the Florida panhandle; and also the windstorms in California. Obviously, probable disasters vary according to geography -- i.e. earthquake, flooding, high winds. Even when new prescriptive requirements, or performance guidelines, appear in the enforceable part of the national standard, state adaptations are not only possible but probable.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology conducts standards-related programs, and provides knowledge and services that strengthen the U.S. economy and improve the quality of life. Its goal is to equip U.S. industry with the standards-related tools and information necessary to effectively compete in the global marketplace.
Our young people, faculty and staff can live, work and play in the built environment of the education industry because of janitors. One of the largest cost centers in the education facilities industry now has the first of several ANSI-accredited standards for education facilities tidy and hygenic. The first order of business is to assure the safety of front line labor.
In large research universities, we find all three stakeholders identified in ANSI Due Process Requirements for American National Standards. This means that compliance units (which prefer prescriptive standards) will be opposed to outnumbered user-interest facility managers in academic units (who prefer performance standards). Conversations about risk between these workgroups can be, well, "spirited".