University of Illinois Springfield
Pasadena City College
Santa Monica High School
Michigan Technological University
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. The NFSI code development landing page is noteworthy for its data gathering facility where slips, trips and falls may be reported. This data informs technical committee decisions.
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.
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.
Elevator and escalator systems are among the most complicated systems in any urban environment, no less so than on the emergent #SmartCampus in which many large research universities have 100 to 1000 elevators. The A17.5 committee--which is focused on elevator system electrotechnology--has just released a redline that is open for public review. Comments are due January 9, 2019
Through ANSI, the University of Texas Medical Branch became the inspiration for first global standard for health care administration. University-affiliated healthcare enterprises take note. The high level policy framework set in this standard will become the global performance benchmark for healthcare administration.
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.
We are hard upon a critical juncture when the technical committees developing the NFPA's 2020 National Electrical Code will undertake balloting of technical committee meetings that took place last month. Electrical professionals working on behalf of the education industry are welcomed to follow the action on the @IEEECampus twitter feed.
Information and communications technology (ICT) is a fast-moving economic space in which a mix of consensus and open-source standards form the broad contours of leading practice. All school districts, colleges, universities and university-affiliated health care systems have significant product, system, firmware and labor resources allocated to ICT.
To paraphrase Lord Kelvin: "If you can measure it you can improve it". From this inspiration BOMA has initiated the process of revising its Gross Areas measurement standard -- Gross Areas of a Building: Standard Methods of Measurement -- and is seeking public comment.