Like all operational plans, the AES program relies heavily upon the Chief Engineer in each facility. Each month, Able Chief Engineers conduct a self-inspection of their facility and evaluate all equipment, recordkeeping data collection, safety and procedural compliance.
AES Engineers are required to constantly inspect equipment condition and operation, and carry out a documented inspection program that uses log sheets and meter readings for all capital equipment.
To ensure that AES staff members are fully qualified for their work role, managers reviews job descriptions with all new employees and clearly establish expectations and goals based upon each job description. Skill-level evaluations are also completed periodically. To keep staff informed, AES places a heavy emphasis on training for all staff members.
Upon contracting with a new facility, AES creates a “Building Operations Manual” and establishes an auditing/benchmarking process that is used for quality control purposes. Documented categories include building code and local ordinance guidelines, safety practices and administrative requirements. The Operations Manual includes a self-audit inspection checklist based upon operational standards and policies that AES has adopted from industry and government regulations as well as best practices identified from previous experience & knowledge.
When it comes to “green” and “sustainable” initiatives, AES has entered into strategic partnerships with various firms to help promote energy efficiency. A partnership with MACH Energy, a national firm founded in 2001, provides web-based tools to proactively manage electric utility rates and tariffs. MACH’s Asset Manager program allows building owners, managers and operators to monitor energy usage and measure savings obtained through conservation and efficiency improvements.
Able has fully embraced green engineering practices as well as green cleaning solutions and is a member of the US Green Building Council. The company has also been named a BOMA 360 Ambassador and a number of buildings operated by Able are nominated for and win TOBY Awards each year.
Clearly, the ability to deliver resources to the jobsite, which many commercial, institutional and industrial facilities simply cannot access or may not be able to afford is a big selling point for all engineering contractors. Clearly, Able Engineering Services has the experience and resources available to identify the best operational tools and use them for the benefit of their clients. Their web-based preventive maintenance and work order system not only makes it easy for owners and managers to keep track on the maintenance status of their facility (preserve the asset), it also permits AES to continuously monitor and define the system to keep it both relevant and efficient.
In the long run, building operations often comes down to core competency. Contracting companies like AES have the experience and industry knowledge to make commercial property operations more economical for building owners while meeting new challenges such as energy conservation and sustainability requirements. Having this unique knowledge, resources and experience related to commercial property operation is why more and more commercial facilities are turning to engineering contracting companies for their facility operational needs.
The Chief Engineers would like to thank Jack O’Rourke, his management team members and Able Engineering Services for sharing information with our readers. In the months ahead, the Chief Engineer hopes to take a look at other engineering contracting companies and additional information about them to our readers.<< previous 1 2 3