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'Facilities Engineering Handbook' sets new standard as guide to best practice

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- William L. Porter, Muriel and Norman Leventhal Professor of Architecture and Planning, is one of a team of six editors to produce a comprehensive new handbook offering the best practices for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities engineering and management.

The book, "Facilities Engineering and Management Handbook: Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Buildings," published by McGraw-Hill, costs $125, contains 1,450 text pages and includes a CD-ROM on facilities asset management worth $500.

Professor Porter stated, "The professions of Facilities Management and Engineering are developing rapidly but are being pulled in contradictory directions: on the one hand there is demand for greater competence in increasingly specialized sub-fields, and on the other hand there is the need for broad-based thinking that integrates facilities into organizational and business strategy. This handbook should be a useful resource to the professional who must deal with both these pressures for change."

The work of Paul R. Smith, editor-in-chief, Anand K. Seth, Roger Wessel, David L. Stymiest, Mark W. Neitlich and Professor Porter, the multi-media reference provides a "life-cycle approach" towards putting all the relevant issues of facilities engineering and management into context. This process and systems approach is designed for everyday use as a complete desktop reference for facilities executives, managers, consultants, constructors, operators, engineers and designers.

"The handbook's lifecycle approach helps you put all relevant issues in context -- cost, durability, maintainability, operability, safety, and more -- throughout complex specialized facilities such as hospitals, laboratories, prisons, airports, and industrial process plants as well as integrated complexes such as colleges, malls and government installations," Mr. Smith commented.

"As a practicing facility manager or engineer, you spend untold hours compiling information from brochures, professional publications, books and other sources. This handbook will simplify your job. It will be a first, and often last, stop on the journey to answers on how to run your facility better. The depth of the handbook is truly encyclopedic," the editing team wrote. Over 230 authors and reviewers contributed to the new handbook.

For more information, go to the book web site.

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