Category Archives: Facility Management

CBAS Power User: Claudio De La Cruz – Chief Engineer with Stiles, FL

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I have been working in commercial high-rise buildings since 1992 at all levels of Building Engineering. I am currently the Chief Engineer at a 14-story Commercial Real-Estate Class A office building. I have worked with all types of Energy Management Systems. Honestly, the best and easiest to work with is Computrols.

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Analog Signals: Milliamps vs. Voltage

In building automation system applications, the most common types of analog signals are milliamp and DC voltage.

DC voltage signals are most often measured using 0-10V signals, but we also sometimes see 0-5V or 2-10V. The reason for the popularity of the voltage signal is it is easy to troubleshoot and almost all controllers will accept this type of signal.

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CBAS Power User: Chad Bellanger – Building Engineer, Lakeway Center

Background/Biography

My name is Chad Bellanger, and I am a member of the building engineering team at the Lakeway Center, which is a three-building Class-A office complex containing approximately 1.2 million square feet of space, located in Metairie, Louisiana.

My background consists of a decade of electrical work, in both industrial and commercial applications. I spent several years on multiple oil and gas production platforms and spent the remainder of my electrical career doing troubleshooting, repairs, and construction in and around the New Orleans area. I was hired by Lakeway as a maintenance tech in 2011, where I eventually worked my way up to the title of Engineer.

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5 Fundamentals Every Property Manager should know about Building Automation

When it comes to building automation systems (BAS), Property Managers tend to lean on their facilities operations team to tell them what is going on and what needs to be done. A BAS can be daunting to understand, but at the same time, it is responsible for a large portion of tenant satisfaction and operational budget. While a property manager or administrator does not need to know the ins and outs of operating a BAS, having a basic understanding of how these systems work and what to look out for when evaluating potential service partners can make all the difference.

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CBAS Power User: Robert Hadley – Facilities Manager, Collins Aerospace

Background/Biography

My name is Robert Hadley, and I am currently a Facilities Manager for Collins Aerospace in Miramar Florida.

I have an information technology background. I spent four years as a computer technician and eventually worked my way up the ranks to become a team leader to support a team of 30 technicians.

I decided to make a career change and took a job as an Apprentice Building Engineer back in 2004. I have been in property and facilities management ever since.

CBAS Power User: Robert Hadley
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Indoor Air Quality and COVID-19

With all that has changed in the world over the last 2 months, we are all trying to manage how we return to the “new normal” that has been created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although facility managers and their service partners have always been in a position to ensure building occupants’ health and safety, this challenge has become all that much more difficult. The people going back into their buildings are highly aware of their personal space and cleanliness and are expecting those that are managing the facilities where they live, work, and play to be taking every precaution possible.

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