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Inside CBRE's latest workplace transformation
The opening of CBRE’s new Toronto West office marked the firm’s first of three “workplaces of the future” to debut in the GTA, with the its new Downtown Toronto and Toronto North offices slated for move-in before end of year.
IFMA and RICS laud FMs on World FM Day
On World FM Day 2016, held on July 13, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) extended praise to all facility management professionals around the world for the vital role they play in shaping our built environment.
York Region schools receive $41-mil investment
Over the next two years, Ontario will be investing an additional $41 million to repair and renew schools in York Region. The funds will be used to repair roofs, update HVAC units and modernize electrical and plumbing systems, and will also allow for the improvement of visible elements such as floors, walls, ceilings and playing fields.
 
Building a Pavement Maintenance Plan
Building a maintenance plan is key to the longevity of your paved areas, as heavy damage can be avoided if it is addressed early through regular maintenance checks. This requires being proactive and addressing issues before they arise, rather than being reactive and trying to tackle issues as they come up.
 
Ontario helps fund Etobicoke hospital expansion
Ontario is investing as much as $358 million in Etobicoke General Hospital to fund the construction of four new storeys and 250,000 square feet of new space to provide the community with the services it needs most, including emergency and critical care.
Ontario releases RFP for Fergus hospital
The Centre Wellington Region of Ontario will soon be home to the Groves Memorial Community Hospital. The province is moving forward on the project by releasing a request for proposals to pre-qualified companies to build and finance the new project, which will be located in Fergus.

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Shaw Create Centre to house commercial division
Shaw Industries Group Inc. recently broke ground on its new 67,000 square-foot facility in Cartersville, Ga. Upon its completion in late 2017, the Create Centre will house the commercial division’s marketing, design and innovation associates, including Shaw Contract’s marketing and product design teams.
ISS aims to put 'human touch' into buildings
ISS, a global provider of facility services, has signed a commercial agreement with IBM to use its Watson IoT platform, consulting and advanced facilities management technologies to make more than 25,000 buildings around the world more personalized, intuitive and user-friendly.
Changes loom for Toronto city cleaning services
The City of Toronto overspent on cleaning services last year, according to two audits released in mid-June that examine both in-house and contract services. A total of $30.5 million was spent on cleaning 265 facilities, including $8.3 million paid to contracted cleaners.



When to replace task chairs in the workplace
Despite recent trends toward promoting more standing in the workplace, average sitting times now exceed 7.7 hours per day in the workplace. Most employers do not yet have widespread capacity for sit-to-stand workstations. As a result, far more emphasis needs to be placed on selecting and the ongoing use of an ergonomic chair.
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