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An Inside Look: An Outsider’s (and Insider’s) Perspective on Project Management at Starbucks

Posted by Debra Andrews on 12/4/18 8:17 AM

Mike Anderson, Senior Project Manager at EMG, has a unique point of view when it comes to delivering value to Starbucks as a strategic partner. He has worked on large-scale Starbucks programs as an outside project manager at EMG. And Mike also led Starbucks programs as an in-house employee for four years. I sat down with Mike to learn more about his experiences on both sides of the house and what it takes to be a valued Starbucks vendor.

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Topics: Starbucks, SBUX

What's Smart in Hotels?

Posted by Debra Andrews on 11/7/18 11:40 AM

Improve Operations and Guest Experiences with New Technology

Today’s hotel facility managers must be savvy in pursuing and learning how to manage the technological advancements to yield the best results for their properties. By doing some of the behind-the-scenes analysis and leg work, new technology can help hotel facility managers improve their overall bottom line, improve operational efficiency, ease the burden on employees, and add to the guest’s personalization experience.

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Topics: Hotel Technology, IoT, Alexa for Hospitality, Improve guest experience, The Connected Room, Hotel Facility Managers, Hotel Operational Efficiencies, Internet of Things (IoT), Guestroom automation

Florida-Based Facilities Face Compliance Deadline with the Nursing Home Emergency Power Regulation

Posted by Debra Andrews on 10/25/17 2:34 PM

On September 16, 2017, the Agency for Health Care Administration in Florida adopted the Nursing Home Emergency Power Plan (59AER17-1) rule due to widespread and life-threatening power outages in Florida caused by Hurricane Irma.

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Topics: Healthcare Facilities, nursing home, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, senior housing, hurricane irma

The Top Multifamily Green Financing Questions Asked by Borrowers and Lenders (and Answered by EMG) – Part II of II

Posted by Debra Andrews on 7/10/17 8:07 AM

In Part I of EMG’s blog series on multi-family green financing, Kaustubh Chabukswar, addressed questions about why green financing is red hot, greenwashing, and more. In part II, we look at differences between the various green financing programs; dig deeper into Form 4099.H; and discuss what could throw a green financing transaction off-course.

Question: How has Form 4099.H improved the process?

Kaustubh: The new Fannie Mae Form 4099.H enables lenders to do their own reviews. It includes a plumbing calculator that will standardize water / sewer savings and reduce the number of errors. The new guidance related to Form 4099.H also includes updated scoring requirements. When consultants achieve a score of 1 at least 5 times, they can pre-qualify for fast-tracking of report reviews.

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Topics: Fannie Mae Green Financing, Freddie Mac GreenUp, Freddie Mac GreenUp Plus, Green Financing, Green Financing Questions, Greenwashing, Multifamily Green Financing

The Top Multifamily Green Financing Questions Asked by Borrowers and Lenders (and Answered by EMG) – Part I of II

Posted by Debra Andrews on 6/28/17 5:08 PM

Last year, Fannie Mae made $3.6 billion in green loans to multifamily property owners. That growth is nothing short of remarkable, considering its pilot program was tested in 2012 starting with $55 million. EMG was the only consulting firm asked to participate in the pilot, and we have grown right along with the green financing movement. With green reaching a fever pitch in 2017, I sat down to talk with Kaustubh Chabukswar, EMG’s multifamily green financing and energy expert. I wanted to better understand what’s happening in the market and if the shift towards profitable sustainability is here to stay.

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Topics: Green Financing, Green Financing Questions, Greenwashing, Fannie Mae Green Financing, Freddie Mac GreenUp, Freddie Mac GreenUp Plus, High Performance Building Consultant, Form 4099.H, Multifamily Green Financing

What is the Joint Commission Survey for Health Care Organizations? A Primer for Facility Directors

Posted by Debra Andrews on 6/20/17 1:50 PM

Because of a misconception that The Joint Commission’s survey only focuses on healthcare and medicine, hospitals often miss the environment of care and life safety standards included in the survey. Here’s a helpful summary of the survey to ensure your facilities director is ready to help you pass all the standards—not just the most widely known. If you’d like more information, you can also download our free The Joint Commission Survey Summary Tip Sheet.

Joint Commission Survey Summary Tip Sheet

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Topics: JCAHO, Joint Commission Survey, Healthcare Facilities

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