ES Facilities Newsletter
From the Director's Desk...
We are just beginning the fourth quarter of the year and through September we are on target to deliver our spending under plan for the seventeenth consecutive year. Everyone has contributed to our outstanding budget performance and I thank you for that.
This year has been as challenging as any I can recall in my career, with our team managing 167 active projects with an aggregate value of more than $78m. The Ramp to Rate effort alone accounts for 32 projects and $54m of cost. Despite our best efforts, we have some significant cost and schedule challenges associated with the Greenlawn, NY Consolidation project and our exit from Buildings 4 & 5, has now been extended to end of January 2017.
In addition to the significant project workload, we are also in the process of implementing our Maximo CMMS program at our Fort Wayne, Indiana and San Diego, CA locations. We are also implementing our Tririga CAFM tool at all of our US Controls and GEOINT sites between now and year end to allow better insight into space utilization and opportunities.
Last, but not least we are continuing the development of a long range facility planning capability that forecasts space needs, based on our sector Integrated Business Plan (IBP) over a five year window. The schedule calls for us to complete New Hampshire by year-end 2016 and then do the same for the balance of our ES portfolio. We are also in the midst of a transition to our new Real Estate provider, Colliers International after working with Cresa Partners for the last 17 years. We are optimistic that Colliers will help us develop enhanced business intelligence capabilities relative to our facilities operations and footprint optimization as we support business growth across the ES sector.
I appreciate all the extra effort and hard work being provided by our ES Facilities team and ask that we remain focused for the next three months on meeting or exceeding all of our commitments as we have for the last seventeen years.
Thanks Again, Don
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations come to Electronic Systems
In 2016 ES has introduced Electric Vehicle charging stations at several locations (San Diego, Nashua, TBD). These stations enable employees to charge both fully electric vehicles as well as plug in hybrid vehicles at the workplace. Stations are installed with reserved parking spots for employees with these type of vehicles. The number of electric vehicles on the road is expected to grow by 5X over the next 8 years in the United States. The availability of workplace charging is often the missing link to enable employees to utilize these type of vehicles.
RESIDENTIAL GENERATOR SAFETY
Accidental fires from improper refueling methods, improper wiring methods, and carbon monoxide poisoning from exhaust can cause severe injuries or death to citizens. In addition, linemen attempting to restore power to the area can be injured or killed if the generator is not installed properly.
Portable generators should be placed 10 feet from any structure, with exhaust
facing away from building openings. Deadly exhaust fumes can enter building through any opening resulting in severe injury or death to unsuspecting occupants.
Never place portable generators on/near combustible surfaces such as decks,
porches, or tool sheds. Heat generated by motor, or improper refueling methods can start a fire.
Never run portable generators inside any building, including basement areas/
garages. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up injuring occupants with little to no warning.
Allow plenty of time to cool generator before refueling. Gasoline vapors can easily ignite from hot surfaces causing flash fire and severe injuries.
Always store approved gasoline containers safe distance from generators while in use. Always store gasoline approved container placed in well ventilated storage area. Never store gasoline products in basements or enclosed areas.
Never modify/construct any power cord so a generator can be connected to a
receptacle, dryer or range outlet.
Never connect generator directly to panelboard without means to prevent
inadvertent connection to normal supply system wiring. Connecting generator
directly to electrical outlet or to panel board without transfer switch or
interlocking device could result in situation where power from generator could
energize utility’s wiring (back feeds into the utility system). Electrical power from
generator back fed through your meter into utility system can cause fires, serious
injury or death to utility workers trying to repair the lines in street, or electricians
working on nearby property’s electrical systems.
A properly licensed master electrician must perform the electrical installation. In all cases electrical installation must meet minimum requirements of National Electrical Code (NFPA 70-2008).
Although generator is portable, an electrical permit and inspection may be required by local jurisdiction for installation of electrical wiring and equipment for
connecting generator to premises wiring. Therefore it would be prudent to
contact local jurisdiction to ascertain whether an electrical permit is required.
Be sure to check with your SHE Representative if you have any questions.